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Apple Watch apps are beginning to launch

The pre-order date for the smartwatches is coming ever closer and now applications are finally starting to appear.

Ever since the Spring Forward event at Apple, reports have been stating that the company has been keeping the majority of Apple Watch apps developers from releasing their applications and updates, but some are now starting to squeak through.

While the devices haven’t even gone on sale, yet, the apps are starting to be listed for curious consumers.

The tech giant is now allowing some of its developers to certain updated versions of their mobile applications in a form that will be compatible as Apple Watch apps. The important thing to recognize at the moment is that there have only been a select few that have been permitted to make these launches. The support for the company’s first smartwatches is still quite restricted and the majority of developers have still had to keep the lid on the release of their own offerings.

It is believed that the Apple Watch apps that have been launched were likely handpicked for this purpose.

Apple Watch Apps LaunchThose smartwatch apps were probably chosen for providing the best possible experience over this type of wearable technology device. For this reason, though, it means that the list of the number of apps that can be downloaded for the devices remains quite limited. Still, among the few that are actually available, there are some rather powerful options.

Among them include the applications from Target, Twitter, At Bat, Evernote, CNN, and MLB.com. While the updated versions of those apps that are Apple Watch compatible can already be downloaded or auto-updated, it won’t actually give anyone the opportunity to check out the new functionalities, quite yet, as the device hasn’t even become available for sale, just yet. Therefore, the satisfaction that customers will have with those apps won’t actually be known until the end of the month, at the very earliest.

Once the wearables start to be shipped and customers begin using them, it is expected that there will be a much broader wave of Apple Watch apps that will rapidly become available, as developers scramble to take advantage of the opportunity of the limited starting market in a device that is expected to reach considerable popularity.

Smartwatch app trial for traffic alerts starts in Finland

Researchers are hoping that their software will be able to provide concise information regarding complex situations.

While traffic apps have been available for smartphones for some time now, when it comes to providing that same feature through a smartwatch app, there are far greater challenges, if only because of the tiny size of the screen.

The goal is to be able to provide useful assistance regardless the complexity of a traffic snarl.

Beyond the size of the screen, the reason that everything needs to be greatly simplified is that if people are going to be wearing a smartwatch while behind the wheel, so they cannot be using these wearable technology devices in a way that will cause a dangerous distraction. This means that the tech must be accessible, customizable, and readable without having to spend any real amount of time focusing on the screen or changing the settings. Finish researchers are now demonstrating a way for this to occur in a practical way for real life situations.

The smartwatch app is being tested by a team of researchers from the VTT Technical Research Centre.

Smartwatch App - TrafficThese apps for wearable technology are meant to bring together social communication tools with speech recognition, into a simple looking display that will depict traffic information in an intelligent and non-distracting fashion.

The application is being tested in Helsinki, the capital of Finland through a “Park&Ride” app that has been designed for wearables. Within those tests, it was found that this method was even more effective than navigation over smartphones.

The information that is available through the wearable technology application provides drivers with quite a bit of information, such as whether a level rail crossing now has a train that is approaching. This will alert drivers nearby, or will allow the first driver to dictate a message so that other road users that are nearby will be warned that the train will be coming and that there will be a delay at the crossing.

The researchers concluded that this process will allow for messages to be safely spread in a non-distracting way through the smartwatch app more quickly than would be possible through a traditional mobile application.