Hands-on with Pebble appstore (Video)


To many, the world’s most notable smartwatch, Pebble, has been somewhat limited. Sure, third-party developers have flexed their creative muscles to try and squeeze as much functionality out of the wrist-mounted notification machine as possible. But until now, out of the box and officially, Pebble has done little more than deliver notifications to your wrist and tell time.

Finding watchfaces and apps required perusing the Internet. There, you would find a handful of treasure troves. Installing these unofficial watchfaces and apps wasn’t difficult, but it wasn’t a smooth, polished experience either. It always felt a little hackish – something many consumers who paid $150 for a plastic watch would never feel satisfied with.

Today, that changes.

Pebble Steel begins shipping today, and soon to follow will be an update which brings a much needed feature to the Pebble experience: Pebble appstore.

menu    my-pebble    watchfaces    watchapps

Currently, we are told there are nearly 1,000 apps in Pebble appstore, and over 6,000 registered developers. But this update isn’t solely about downloading and finding new apps for your Pebble, it’s about managing them. This can be done through the My Pebble menu. From there, you can manage the installed apps and watchfaces on your Pebble. Once your Pebble is full, however, new applications you add will be stored in your locker for safekeeping. Yes, the eight app limit still exists, but Locker does an awesome job of compensating for such a low limit by making it incredibly easy to swap out commonly used apps you may not need to have installed all the time.

The Pebble appstore version we used for this demonstration was a pre-release version and it wasn’t final software. Also we’re an Android version will be available soon. (In the meantime, you can check out what I did with Pebble on Android.)

As a person who has used Pebble for 10 months (and only missed two days of use, mind you), this update is something to look forward to. It improves the end user experience, all around, and brings some much needed polish to the wearable.

Now … if I could just get my hands on a Pebble Steel.


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Taylor Martin
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition.| Google+