Before the weekend, Pebble has finally rolled out its own online marketplace for Android devices. It now has apps available within Google Play store that can be installed on Pebble smartwatches using Android smartphones.
In a blog post, Pebble could not hide its excitement for this new development. It admitted that it took a while for the Android version of its own apps store to be developed and launched. But it said that now that the store has finally come to Google Play, Android device users could finally discover, search, and more importantly, install apps and watchfaces to Pebble watches easily.
Pebble apps for iOS
It can be recalled that Pebble launched the same online app store in iOS early in February. Through that, it started offering apps as well as watchfaces that are optimized for Pebble high-tech timepieces. The same marketplace has been doing well in Apple’s iTunes store.
Just like the apps store designed to work well with the iPhone, Pebble’s new online app portal for Android devices makes it much easier to browse for apps in various categories like Remotes, Daily, Games, Notifications, Fitness, Tools & Utilities, and Watchfaces.
Interestingly, Pebble apps that are now available in its section for Google Play could let users do different things. There are apps for tracking workout, managing music, and controlling thermostat from using Pebble smartwatches. Eventually, Pebble would curate the app store to present the ‘best apps’ and even ‘new apps’ in every category.
Pebble even has several suggestions to help Android users get started with Pebble apps and smartwacthes. It released a list of recommended companion apps that are optimized for the Pebble Steel and original Pebble smartwatches, which the company unveiled with much fanfare during January’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Some of those recommended apps include Glance that customizes Pebble with calendar, weather, and stocks; Canvas that designs watchfaces for smartphones; PebbleCam for controlling smartphone camera; and Music Boss for controlling music app on the smartphones. There is even the Sleep as Android app that serves as a unique alarm clock as well as sleep-cycle tracker.
Pebble even announced new smartwatch apps from a number of prominent partners. There is now an eBay app that feeds Watch Lists to digestible bites in the smartwatch from the online auction site. Time Warner Cable’s Intelligent Home app controls smart home functions through Pebble watches. Meanwhile, Evernote’s Pebble app provides access to some core features like Reminders, Checklists, and Notes through the smartwatch.