In a crowded wearable market, Fitbit reigns supreme. In Q1 2014, research firm Canalys says Fitbit occupied 50% of overall shipments, leaving the rest of the market searching for a foothold. When it came to smartwatches, though, another tried-and-true leader in Pebble is outshining the rest.
Pebble has rolled out a bunch of updates today, bringing forth new firmware for the smartwatch, as well as updated iOS and Android apps. All of them have just rolled out, with the smartphone app updates being available through the respective app stores, and the firmware update being available through the Pebble smartphone app.
This week Pebble 2.0 has launched for Android in full after a brief Beta period which was in full play as recent as earlier this week. This version of the Pebble app will bring on a full-fledged look at the Pebble browser for apps and watch faces, including all compatible software connections to Pebble 2.0 and firmware version 2.0.1. This app also adds the ability to troubleshoot issue and make suggestions to the Pebble crew straight from the software itself.
As promised, Pebble rolled out an app store for its iPhone users earlier today, and Android users were left asking for info about when their own would surface. Fortunately, the wait was less than a day, with Pebble announcing a beta version of its appstore for Android -- a few bugs notwithstanding.
Pebble's appstore for its smartwatches has gone live, arriving in an update for the iOS Pebble app and with an Android version due "very, very soon" the company says. Currently stocked with more than 1,000 apps and watchfaces - though expected to become the main hub for all of the company's third-party developers to release their software through - the appstore is split into six app categories, spanning notifications through fitness and games.
Pebble will launch its appstore on Monday, February 3rd, the smartwatch company has announced today. The download store, which we tried in beta with the new Pebble Steel, will go live at 10AM PT, and give Pebble's growing developer community a centralized place to offer their apps and their custom watchfaces.