Tizen, son of Linux, has been training hard and is back for round two.
Tizen app support was a bit sluggish in its opening bout against companies like Apple, who had far more software choices on the market. But now, the open source operating system — championed by Samsung for devices like the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch — offers more Tizen apps than ever before.
Here are some of the best Tizen apps available today. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know below!
Stylish Tizen Apps For Stress-Free Navigation
A lot of map services that do well on the road tend to struggle with exact locations inside of a city. To be fair, there’s a lot to contend with. Multiple buildings vie for space at the corner precipice of every intersection. The verticality of the cityscape adds another dimension of confusion for the navigationally challenged. Eternally incomplete construction projects litter the road, never disrupting your commute the same way twice.
That’s what Here is for: to guide you with up-to-date details on city navigation.
Using it from your smartwatch makes it easier to get around without constantly pulling out your phone, which will inevitably end up slipping between the cushion cracks of your preferred method of public transportation, never to be heard from again. Keep your phone safely tucked away and use your smartwatch to navigate the city quickly and easily with this helpful app.
Another area where typical map programs fear to tread is trails and bike paths. Once you’ve stepped away from civilization, your phone goes offline, and your directions go with it. Not so with Komoot.
Usable on and offline, it focuses on off-road navigation by foot or by bike. It collects tons of handy data for training and general navigation, like how long and how fast you’ve been traveling. So, you can decide if you want to head back to the beaten path to catch a drink with friends or enjoy the peaceful solitude a little longer.
This great Tizen app lets you collect all your travel details in one location, making it easier to manage your trips. Plane gates, rental car locations, hotel information like check-in times, and more information is all available through the app.
When traveling, your phone can end up inaccessible for a variety of reasons. It can be held hostage in an overhead bin. It can be chucked under the seats by a crying baby. A quick glance at your watch will keep you up to date so you can know exactly how much longer you’ll be stuck on your flight. Let the countdown to vacation begin.
Tizen Apps For The Evening’s Entertainment
When you need to get an Uber, you’re typically hanging out with friends, shopping, going to restaurants, enjoying nightlife — and you have your hands full. The ability to call up rides with just a single tap of your finger makes it easier to schedule transportation and keep the evening’s momentum going.
Of all the perks of living in the digital age, the accessibility of music is one of the finest. The Spotify app lets you browse your playlists, and you can set up the S3’s Bluetooth streaming feature to relax or workout. Or, in the case of screaming babies on airplanes, tune out.
Gear For Nest
The Nest is a thermostat that learns your schedule and adapts to save money, even consolidating its efforts into a convenient home report. The Tizen app lets you control your Nest and adjust the temperature with the bezel of your smartwatch. It’s a great way to lower your utility bill, but all that climate control may impede your ability to get out of bed on time ever again.
Restaurants rise and fall with a level of celerity that is both exciting and terrifying. Yesterday’s all-star taco joint is today’s microbrewery and tomorrow’s conveyor belt sushi shop. With Yelp just a bezel click away, you can keep track of your favorite eateries and get recommendations for new ones.
Outstanding Tizen Apps For Health, Fitness, And Safety
Pear is Samsung’s personal tilt on a personal trainer. It offers real-time audio coaching from top athletes, and it is easy to navigate from a smartwatch. You can monitor calories, heart rate, distances, and more. It’s a great choice for someone who wants more of an encouraging human element to their workout plan instead of just cold, hard data.
Sometimes, situations go south in a hurry — as in, you don’t even have time to grab your phone and send an emergency text. ADT Canopy provides incredibly fast access to a panic button on your wearable tech so you can send a call for help in seconds or less. It’s something like that could save your life or somebody else’s, so it’s worth having in your corner.
Under Armor is on board with Tizen app support. Endomondo, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, and UA Record are all available for wearable Samsung devices. Now you can enjoy the health benefits of tracking your workouts, compete with friends, and get training advice from your Samsung wearable.
Tizen apps offer more than they ever have, and big companies like Under Armour joining the fray is a huge improvement. What’s your favorite Tizen app? Post your comments below.