In the oncoming war of the wearable device, it’s usability, not their power or aesthetics, that will drive the market. While Samsung releases three new smartwatch devices this season with full-functioning operating systems and Sony releases a sports band that’s just about as simple as a wearable device can be, it’s clear that we’ll be seeing a full spectrum. But what drives the successful machine? Besides advertising dollars, that is.
Smartwatches will be everywhere this year. With Google announcing Android Wear and companies already showing off devices at CES and Mobile World Congress, it won’t be long before a slew of smartwatches are sitting on store shelves.
Of course, smartwatches are already available. In fact, several companies, from Samsung to Pebble, have offered their interpretation of wrist-worn wearables. The trouble for those firms, however, is that so far, those products haven’t taken off. And it’s unclear whether even Android Wear could go a long way in pushing smartwatches onto more wrists.
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.
Pebble might not agree that 2014 is set to be the year of wearables: the smartwatch startup closed out last year with one of the most compelling devices in its category, taking the original Pebble from Kickstarter hit to shipping product and finally developer's darling. Now there's a second version, Pebble Steel, on sale alongside the first smartwatch for those who want a little more bling with their wrist-mounted apps. With high-spec alternatives like Samsung's Galaxy Gear, and the constant chatter of an Apple iWatch on the horizon, you could've forgiven Pebble for going all-out with the spec list, but in fact Pebble Steel shows surprising restraint. Method or madness? Read on for the full SlashGear review.
New year, new Pebble, and the smartwatch company that took Kickstarter by storm has cooked up a second model, the Pebble Steel, to continue its assault on the wearables space. Announced here at CES 2014, where SlashGear caught up with CEO Eric Migicovsky to check out the new watch, Pebble Steel takes aim at a slightly different market to the original version, those watch-wearers who perhaps didn't want to give up their classically-designed Rolex, Omega, or similar for the chunky plastic of the first-gen model. Read on for some first impressions.