Pebble appstore announced, launches 2014

Умные часы PebbleOnce it built the smartwatch, Pebble put together a software platform so developers could make its eponymous product do stuff. With over 10,000 members in its developer portal and over 2,000 apps released so far, the results have been impressive. Today, Pebble announced that it will launch an app store in early 2014 and that developers can begin submitting their apps today.

App discovery has been a problem for Pebble, and the company and community have thus far tackled it via community sites. With over 200,000 watches shipped, more and more users are exploring the different ways that apps can enhance the experience of using a Pebble. By providing a consolidated app store, Pebble is ensuring that apps are compliant with its Terms and Conditions, that the version provided is the most recent, and that apps are categorized and easily searchable.

Pebble appstore announced, launches 2014

Pebble apps come in a few parts. The watchface is the component stored on the Pebble itself. A companion app running on your phone then prepares and packages data to be sent to the Pebble or receives inputs from the Pebble. Shuttling data between the two components is the official Pebble app.

Smartwatch. Pic. 2

Neither Google nor Apple has ever been particularly keen on alternative app stores being offered on their own portals. So the Pebble appstore will provide curation, categorization, and search of available apps. Once a user selects one, they will be handed off to either the iOS App Store or Google Play to download the appropriate files. Any monetization will be handled by the respective ecosystem app store rather than Pebble's.

Pebble SDK 2.0 lays the groundwork for extending the capabilities of Pebble apps beyond notifications and simple control functions. The launch of the Pebble appstore will give users a way to easily discover which apps are right for them. Building out all these components is key to Pebble's next big challenge, moving from gadget-of-the-week to sustainable platform.

Source: Ars Technica

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