Apple Watch hits 10,000 apps: How do Android Wear, Pebble, and Samsung compare?

apple watch apps comparison watchos 2 0009
Apple officially offers more apps for its smartwatch than Android Wear, Pebble, and Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear smartwatches. The total number of apps that were specifically built for the Apple Watch is now at 10,000, which is a huge an increase over the 1,500 apps it began with in June. Apple updated the app number at its event earlier today, where it also announced the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, and fourth-gen Apple TV.

The sheer number of apps available for Apple Watch puts WatchOS quite far ahead of other competitors. The closest competitor in the horse race is Pebble, with more than 6,000 apps as of February 2015. Pebble might be up to 7,000 apps now, considering the time that has passed since the last update. Even so, that’s still behind Apple’s numbers.

Even worse, Pebble started its store on Feb 2014, so it had a year head start on the Apple Watch. The launch of Android Wear and WatchOS has slowed the amount of developer attention on the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, meaning the gap is only going to increase unless Pebble makes a big announcement in the near future.

Samsung comes second in the race with 6,000 apps, if you combine the 1,000 apps available for the Gear S2 and 5,000 other Gear apps. The original Gear was one of the most popular smartwatches, with more than one million sales. The Gear S2 seems equally popular, considering the strong reception by consumers at IFA 2015 — we even gave it an award for best wearable at the event.

Finally, Android Wear comes in last place with 4,000 apps as of Google I/O. We doubt those numbers have shot up since May, considering that Samsung has dropped Android Wear in favor of Tizen, and sales from other providers have been below average.

Google has the most smartwatches on the market, but it has the least apps to show for it. Apple has the lowest amount of smartwatches on the market, but has the most apps to show for it. It seems like developers like the idea of a “one fits all” approach.

Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Deals

The Apple Watch Series 4 is $60 off on Amazon For Father’s Day

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift for Dad? Amazon is holding a great sale on Apple's Series 4 watch. Be sure to check out all of the details here.
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best Apple iPad deals for June 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for June 2019.
Deals

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for June 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Deals

Before buying an Apple Watch, check out this cheap smartwatch under $100

Not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on a smartwatch? You might want to consider this little-known but well-reviewed cheap smartwatch from Amazfit called the Bip. It's on sale on Amazon, and you can have it in one day if you're a Prime…
Home Theater

The best Apple AirPod accessories can extend your high-end earbuds' life span

It might seem a bit strange to buy an accessory for an accessory, but sometimes you need a little something extra, like a case, cover, or transmitter, to get the most out of your Apple AirPods.
Deals

The GoPro Hero7 action camera gets price cut on Amazon ahead of Father’s Day

Got an adventurous Dad? If so, a GoPro action camera will make a great Father’s Day gifts. Ahead of Father’s Day, capture the GoPro Hero7 Black on Amazon for just $329, down from its normal $400. Don't just settle for socks again this…
Deals

The Apple Watch Series 4 is still at its lowest price for Father’s Day

Sales are continuing on select Apple Watch at both Amazon and Walmart through Father's Day, including a deal on the 38mm Series 3 GPS that is one of the lowest prices we've seen yet, and the new and slightly larger 40mm Series 4.
Wearables

Exclusive: This is Mobvoi’s next Wear OS smartwatch, and it likely adds 4G LTE

Mobvoi may not be a household name in the U.S., but it sells affordable smartwatches running Google's Wear OS platform. The company's next watch has leaked -- by Mobvoi itself -- and Digital Trends managed to snap a screenshot.
Emerging Tech

This lifesaving wearable could diagnose strokes more accurately

A new breakthrough wearable device uses two light measurement techniques to track the body's blood circulation — and accurately predict deadly strokes in the process. Here's how it works.
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for June 2019

Smartwatches make life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. If you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, here are the best smartwatch deals for June 2019.
Wearables

Samsung's $99 Galaxy Fit fitness tracker is now available in the U.S.

Looking for a new fitness buddy? Samsung just launched the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Fit, two new wearables with a raft of fitness-focused features that'll keep you moving and get you down to the gym.
Product Review

Samsung's $99 fitness tracker takes on Fitbit. Can it keep pace?

Samsung’s going toe-to-toe against Fitbit’s Inspire HR with its own $99 fitness tracker -- the Galaxy Fit. It also has a heart rate monitor, can automatically detect six workouts, and has a battery that can last for days.
Home Theater

Diagnose and fix some common Apple AirPods problems with our handy guide

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.