Last year, the team behind Pebble took to the stage at the CES to announce the first shipments of their smartwatch, going out that month. Over the year that’s followed, we’ve seen Pebble rise to the top of the smartwatch mountain – it may not be the most feature-rich smartwatch around, but it hits the ball out of the park when it comes to compatibility and battery life. More recently, we’ve learned of increasingly ambitious plans for the smartwatch, like the arrival of an app store sometime early this year. Now our sights are set on this coming Monday, as Pebble teases “something special” for its January 6 CES announcement.
What, oh what could that be? The most obvious answer might be some sort of follow-up to that app store news, but we wonder if there may be something much more significant waiting for us. After all, the cat’s out of the bag on the idea of a Pebble app store, and this teaser seems far too mysterious to just be an addendum to earlier news.
How about some new hardware? Banner news, indeed, but is that even likely? While it might be lovely to see a new Pebble, it does feel a bit premature. As this app store business should make clear, the Pebble ecosystem is still very much in its infancy, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Pebble shy away from the new-device-every-year mentality that drives so many other players in this industry.
Check back with us on Monday to find out just what Pebble announces, and catch up with all the rest of our ongoing CES 2014 coverage.