Top 8 | Messaging Apps for Apple Watch

So, messaging on the Apple Watch! I’ve seen a whole slew of articles about it recently, from those that have praised it for shaving valuable seconds off your normal typing time and allowing you to access everything on your wrist, rather than your phone. Then there are those that criticize the current setup, saying that it’s really nothing more than evolving of the classic “decline a call, respond with a message” option that was introduced I believe in iOS 6. The fact of that matter is that the Apple Watch has no keyboard that you can use with any kind of efficiency, but isn’t that also the case with the iPhone, if you think about it? We tap out our messages in quickfire fashion these days, and innovative keyboard apps like Swype make that easier, but could you imagine typing out an essay on your iPhone? I couldn’t! So the Apple Watch is just a furthering of this idea, meaning that you can quickly check and respond to stuff as you would do on your iPhone but really, that’s it. For those long emails and documents you need to write, there’s always your Macbook or tablet anyway, right? With this in mind, we recently took to the Apple Watch to figure out which were its best messaging apps.

8. Apple Messages (Free)

I suppose the logical place to start when discussing messages on the Apple Watch is with the Messages app itself, which like the iPhone comes built in. The use of this app, as you can probably imagine, is a lot more natural than we were intially expecting. You basically receive a message with a tap, using Apple’s Taptic technology, and an alert will also sound unless you have it on silent. But in the age of violent vibrating phones, it’s nice to have a more subtle and immediately accessible messaging notification – perfect for business meetings! To dismiss the message you simply lower your wrist, and if you want to reply you simply scroll down the Digital Crown (side wheel) to Reply. You can then pick from a list of preconfigured options, or dictate a response yourself! – More Info from Apple

7. Avaamo (Free)

Avaamo

One of the big things right now when it comes to messaging is security, and I think that many of the best messaging apps out there at present are those that deal with this in a new and innovative way. Snapchat had it with its self destructing messages, but there are a range of new apps that take this whole idea a lot more seriously. One of these that has recently been updated for the release of the Apple Watch is Avaamo, which offers secure messaging with an emphasis on those in the world of business. Avaamo is fully cross platform, and is great since you can easily share files between colleagues, or even locations should you need to meet up for a business meeting or whatever. – Download from iTunes

6. LINE (Free)

LINE is very much a multu use communication tool these days, with a base of popularity in Japan that then extends across the world. While many of the functions that it boasts on the iPhone for example, such as video and voice calling, are not yet available in the Apple Watch version, but it does allow you to easily check your messages and respond to friends. The Apple Watch app is also stripped down somewhat, with less emojis and added content, but is still a solid messaging app and even better if you’re already on LINE! – Download from iTunes

5. Glide (Free)

While some Apple Watch apps such as Skype have not yet included their vantastic video calling capabilities with recent updates, but promise that this is just around the corner, there are apps that have already reached that point. One of these is Glide, which is a nice video messaging app that works just great on the iPhone and has transferred much of this ability to the Apple Watch. Fans of Dick Tracy might be dismayed to find that the video calling on Glide for the Apple Watch isn’t quite live just yet, but should well be in the near future. Instead, you can begin viewing a video message even as the sender is in the process of recording it, but it will always be slightly behind. This is of course because there is no camera in the Apple Watch, so videos must originate from the iPhone! – Download from iTunes

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