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Pebble to launch new smart watch 'appstore' alongside second-gen SDK

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Smart watch maker Pebble on Wednesday announced that developers will soon be able to list their applications in a first-party app store that will live inside the wrist-worn device's companion smartphone apps.

Pebble appstore


The "Pebble appstore" will include six categories at launch --?Daily, Remotes, Sports & Fitness, Notifications, Tools & Utilities and Games --?as well as a dedicated area for watch faces. Pebble's appstore will also allow cross-linking to iOS's App Store and Android's Google Play store for developers whose Pebble applications have other, separate mobile companion apps.

Only free applications will be supported initially, and Pebble says they will not curate the store -?much like the Google Play store, any app can be listed, and problem apps will be dealt with retroactively.

Applications submitted to Pebble's appstore must be written with the watch's second-generation software development kit, which the company unveiled last month. Pebble SDK 2.0 gives developers access to four new APIs: JavaScript, Accelerometer, Data Logging, and Persistent Storage.

To get around a restriction in Apple' App Store terms of service that prevents iOS applications from executing code downloaded from the internet, Pebble says they will package the JavaScript code from Pebble appstore applications inside the official iOS app. This appears to mean that the company would need to push an update to their official iOS app any time a change is made to a JavaScript-based Pebble application.

Third-party app stores, like the popular MyPebbleFaces.com, will not be locked out as a result of the Pebble appstore's launch, the company says, and current methods of sideloading applications will continue to function.

The Pebble appstore and Pebble SDK 2.0 will launch "early next year."
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Interesting to see how this works out...
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To get around a restriction in Apple' App Store terms of service that prevents iOS applications from executing code downloaded from the internet, Pebble says they will package the JavaScript code from Pebble appstore applications inside the official iOS app.

 

Isn't this just considered an in-app purchase?

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post #4 of 11
I like the Pebble, but unless it can offer stopwatch and countdown timer apps that run in the background, I can't consider it as these are functions I use too regularly and need my wristwatch to do.

AFAIK, this can't be done on the Pebble, as a running app is quit/reset when it returns to timekeeping mode... Unless I've heard wrong?
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Still an ugly watch. Cool, but ugly.
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And now even your watch will have malware.

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Still an ugly watch. Cool, but ugly.
 
Dunno about that, i've had 2 different girls comment on how cool my watch looked, i didnt even mention that it was a pebble. 
So i'll take that 
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Should anyone care? Once the iWatch is out this product is dead.

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Should anyone care? Once the iWatch is out this product is dead.

Not necessarily
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Should anyone care? Once the iWatch is out this product is dead.

 

Depends on how much an iWatch is.  There's room for both.

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post #11 of 11

90% of pebble users are iPhone users

http://blog.pebcast.com/2013/12/22/who-is-using-pebble/

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