By Stephen Schenck | December 18, 2013 1:01 PM
While the eyes of some smartwatch fans are firmly locked on the horizon, waiting to see what comes from Samsung with its second Galaxy Gear model, or from Apple with its long-awaited “iWatch,” there’s still lots of interesting stuff happening with existing smartwatches. We’ve been keeping up with software updates from Pebble, but the really cool stuff started happening a little earlier this fall, with the introduction of the Pebble SDK 2.0. That change promised a new wave of apps for the watch, and today we start seeing just how those will become available, with the announcement of the Pebble app store.
The store will go live early next year, where Pebble users will be able to find apps split into categories like fitness, games, remotes, and even just new watchfaces.
All these downloads will be free – paid apps may happen someday, but for the time being, developers won’t be able to charge. That’s not saying they won’t have any option to monetize their efforts; for instance, developers could create a free Pebble app that requires the use of a companion smartphone app, which itself could be a paid download in its own platform’s app store.
Pebble also makes it clear that even with the launch of this app store, nothing will be done to prevent users from installing apps procured through third parties.