The Pebble Smartwatch Will Have an App Store in 2014

The next wave of watch apps should be more useful and easier to find.

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The Pebble smartwatch does more than tell time and deliver notifications. With the right apps, you can check the weather, play a game, track your workout, and more. The problem is that Pebble itself doesn’t provide an easy way to find these apps.

That’s going to change early next year, when Pebble says it will launch its own “appstore.” Through the Pebble app for iPhone and Android, users will be able to browse and install apps on their watches. At first, all the apps themselves will be free, but developers can still charge for companion apps on iOS and Android.

The appstore launch will coincide with the release of new developer tools that Pebble has been working on, as detailed in November:

These API allow developers to make Pebble apps that interface directly with the web (real-time weather, transit info, location check-in), access the accelerometer (health/fitness monitoring and gesture-based remote control), log data when disconnected from the phone (health/fitness tracking), and store info on the watch (high scores for games, settings).

In the meantime, third-party stores such as PebbleBarn and MyPebbleFaces can help you track down watch apps, but the selection from these stores is limited. Hopefully the official store from Pebble and the new developer tools will greatly extend the smartwatch’s usefulness.


One other technology company offering an innovative smart watch is Smart Devices, which introduced the world's first tablet with a built-in DLP projector - winning a prestigious 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award; and now its Smart Q Z-watch is gaining notice for its features and design and compares to the Pebble smartwatch but with features more on par with Samsung's Galaxy watch at nearly half the price.  Smart Devices also launches an App store in January, after accepting hundreds of App developer submissions in November.

The SmartQ Z-Watch ($155) launched December 1st and offers a full color touch-screen display with one of the highest resolutions currently available, and features a powerful 1Ghz processor, along with twice the battery power of most other models on the market; plus Bluetooth 4.0 with low energy use & WiFi connection.

The SmartQ Z-Watch works with Android smartphones to handle phone calls and sync and display messages, contacts, and schedule; plus features an MP3 Player & Voice Recorder, a walking/jogging pedometer and sleep analyzer; a software update is expected January to work with Apple iOS devices as well. 

One of the first U.S. resellers offering the SmartQ Z-Watch is TabletSprint -- which also includes premium earphones and an extra watch band strap as part of an introductory promotion.