The Apple Watch might not be for everyone, and it’s still a somewhat unproven gadget in terms of mass appeal and usefulness, but it’s certainly true that it has encouraged more app developers to dip their toe in the water and create apps for it.
While it’s still early days, and the Apple Watch has its fair share of niggled and glitches regarding usability, watch apps are set to become more powerful, performant, and integrated with some of the activities we do on a daily basis.
With Watch OS 2, unveiled at WWDC in June this year, Apple has already started to address some of the shortcomings and the next wave of apps look set to be more useful than ever before. In this regular series, we’ll pick one app of interest and talk about watch apps in general.
Hooks – notifications for everything
The tagline of Hooks seems to play to one of the strengths of the Apple Watch (I’m still not quite sure if i should be calling it the Apple Watch, or just Apple Watch!):-
“Hooks Wants To Send You A Notification For Anything That’s Important To You”.
Notifications are without doubt one of the best things about the Apple Watch. By default, it mirrors everything on your phone, but it is of course possible to customise just about every facet of notifications. One app developer, Oleg Kozynenko, is seeking to build on the watch’s basic notifications and make them even more useful.
The app itself, Hooks, lets you create a wide range of notifications for sport, TV, stocks, weather, and hundreds more. It’s caused a bit of a stir among tech circles and was recently feature on Tech Crunch, Lifehacker and iMore.
So what exactly is hooks? It’s a free iPhone (and Android) app that works with Apple Watch to create alerts for dozens of different categories, and claims there are more than a million pre-built alerts to choose from.
For example, you might set an alert to notify you when your favourite TV programme is about to start, or when a currency you’re interested in fluctuates beyond a certain limit.
Aside from notifications, which are the key focus of the app, you can also favourite and Tweet them right from within the notification centre (on the iPhone version).
I particularly like the previous example of “TV show new episode alert” – when the next episode of Game of Thrones is aired, the notification appears right away on the phone and watch. And there are plenty more to choose from.
There’s a lot to like about it like the simple but intuitive interface – as we Brits say, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
If you’re looking for more creative, intelligent and simply useful Apple Watch alerts, download Hooks and give it a go. Let us know in the comments what you think…
We will be running a regular series of Apple Watch app articles over the coming months. If you have a particular app that you’d like us to review or focus on, let us know your favourites and we’ll do our best to include them in future articles.
Mobile Industry Review would like to thank Oleg Kozynenko, Co-Founder of Hooks.