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The best apps for Sony SmartWatch 3

The Sony SmartWatch 3 might not be one of the latest Android Wear smartwatches, but it remains our favourite thanks to the affordable price, the built-in GPS and the option of a slick all-new metal design.

Along with the Moto 360 Sport, the SmartWatch 3’s GPS radio means devs are able to build Android Wear apps that don’t require a tethered smartphone to do the leg-work.

Essential reading: What’s new in Android Wear 2.0

To save you the hassle of rummaging through the Google Play Store, we’ve picked out our favourite apps that make best use of Sony’s killer feature and are simply a good fit for the top Android Wear watch.

ViewRanger GPS – Trails & Maps

For bikers, hikers and lover of the great outdoors, this app keeps navigation and mapping simple. Once you’ve started your trip, you can view mapping coordinates and details on duration and elevation data. There’s even a compass to help guide you on your way.

With the Sony’s GPS support, you can afford leave your phone in your pocket (or at home) and focus on and let your watch point you in the right direction.

Free, Download ViewRanger GPS Trails & Maps app


Now that Google MyTracks is no more, Runkeeper’s updated app can fill the run tracking void thanks to the addition of GPS support. The new RunKeeper app integrates with Google Fit and allows you to sync data with the likes of MyFitnessPal, GymPact, Earnedit, Fitocracy, Zombies Run, and Gym Hero.

Free, Download Runkeeper app


The streaming music giant now plays nice with Android Wear offering enhanced smartwatch features making it easier to control your tunes from your wrist.

You can view recently played playlists and albums and separate cards for album art and media controls. We don’t have offline playlist syncing just yet, but here’s hoping it’s something Spotify plans to add in the future.

Free, Download Spotify app


Ghostracer, which connects to Strava, is a run and cycling tracker that lets you run against pre-determined segments in real time.

On the Sony SmartWatch 3 the app not only displays stats such as distance, pace and time, but also brings in data from Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors.

It’s also one of the first Android Wear apps that we’ve seen that makes use of the new always-on feature, meaning the app will fade to black during long sessions, thus saving your battery.

Free, Download Ghostracer app


Isn’t this just Shazam but in Sony-branded clothing? We won’t lie, it pretty much is. However, Sony stuff plays nicely with other Sony stuff and the updated TrackID app lets you simply tap to analyse a song, with detailed data presented on a companion Sony Xperia smartphone.

You can even buy tagged tunes directly from Spotify and, if you’ve not got a data connection, an offline mode allows you to store song snippets to identify later.

Free, Download TrackID app


Now under the ownership of Under Armour, Endomondo is a hugely popular fitness platform and lets you can tag your runs, cycles, hikes, climbs and so on, without needing a companion smartphone. The Standalone mode stores all the metrics from your exercise sessions directly on the watch, and presents them in detail on the full smartphone app once the pair are reunited.

Free, Download Endomondo app

Golf GPS & Scorecard

Hole 19’s feature packed golf app can provide distance details for a growing library of courses around the world. When getting your phone out on the course is a big no-no, you can use the built-in GPS to better judge your shots and keep an eye on the score.

It won’t help with those horrible shanks that go out of bounds though.

Free, Download Golf GPS & Scorecard app

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