Path and Highlight among first apps released for Samsung Galaxy Gear

Two contrasting social apps - Path and Highlight - are to be among the first apps available on the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Path is an ad free app which concentrates on sharing and messaging privately within a closed network of specific friends and family - users can choose which friends and inner circles can see each update, picture, song or location they post.

"At Path we have one mission—to build tools for your personal life—so that you might hold your loved ones in the palm of your hand, and share a word, a laugh, or conversation, any moment of the day," explains the company.

Highlight on the other hand shows users anyone who is nearby and are connected to Highlight, regardless of whether people are friends or not - it is slated as a "simple way to learn more about the people around you".

'If someone standing near you also has Highlight, their profile will show up on your phone. You can see their name, photos of them, mutual friends, and anything else they have chosen to share."

Both are now available in specially adapted apps for Galaxy Gear.

Path on the Samsung Galaxy Gear enables users to share photos, communicate with friends and family, and post their location. Users can also receive notifications straight to the smartwatch.

"Like building for Google Glass, we had the privilege to build Path on Samsung's Galaxy Gear from the ground up. Starting with a blank slate is one of the best parts of product development," said Ray Ho, senior Android engineer at Path.

The Highlight home screen on the Galaxy Gear gives a quick, bird's-eye view of the people around the users, they can then browse through profiles one at a time by swiping left.

If two Highlight for Galaxy Gear users shake hands, the watches will record when and where they met.

"We're excited to start bringing more ambient versions of Highlight to the real world - so that you can see more about the people around you and feel more connected wherever you go," Highlight said in a blog post.