Pebble Appstore Launches Next Year, Ties into iOS and Android Apps

In the battle for your wrist, Pebble is clearly one of the main smartwatch offerings on the market today with its relatively low price and high device compatibility. There’s already a strong community developing apps for the Pebble and now they’re going to have a better place to showcase these smartwatch apps.

Pebble has now announced that it will be opening an appstore (they can’t make it two words unless they want to get sued by Apple) where developers can offer their third-party software and new watchfaces. This makes for a far more centralized repository for Pebble apps. And it will integrate directly with the existing main app for iOS and Android devices.

This is similar, in some ways, to how the apps work on the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, except the main Sony SW2 app simply redirects you to a search in the Google Play Store. The Pebble Appstore will be a separate repository where the smartwatch apps will be put into seven categories: daily, remotes, games, notifications, tools & utilities, sports & fitness, and watchfaces. Interestingly, the appstore will only support free apps at launch.

You will want to be careful, though, because Pebble doesn’t plan on prevalidating or reviewing apps before publishing them in the appstore. Developers can start sending in their submissions now.

Source: Pebble Blog

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