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Feb
pebble

Update: Since this post was published, Pebble has introduced a beta appstore for Android through their developer blog. Pebble encourages interested users to "help us finalize the Android app and ship it to everyone very quickly" by using the beta release and reporting any bugs. The beta release is certainly not without its issues, but interested parties can download it here.

Since Pebble first became available to the masses, finding good apps and watchfaces for the device has been sort of a hit-and-miss experience. Pebble knew this was the case, so back at CES 2014 it announced an upcoming appstore. A one-stop shop for Pebble owners to easily find new apps and the like for their beloved smartwatch. Today, that appstore is open for business.

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Unless you're on Android, that is.

Once available, the store will be baked into the Pebble app, which, according to Pebble, is still being "fine tuned on Android." However, the company is promising an update will be available with appstore "very, very soon." If you happen to have an iOS device laying around, however, you can explore it now.

The store will be laid out with different sections for apps and watchfaces, with subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and "Daily" applications, which should make it a bit easier to find exactly what you're looking for. Similarly, the "Locker" feature will store your favorite apps and watchfaces for quick transfers to and from the unit.

Hopefully we'll see this update hit the Play Store before week's end, but either way we'll let you know when it happens.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    My Steel should be here mid-Feb, just in time for the release. Looking forward to playing with everything - it should be heaps better than the Toq.

    • Andrew

      But meantime, people already having Pebble, are not so happy anymore. :(

      • Telefunken

        Why? What's wrong with waiting 2 weeks?

        • Andrew

          For example, developer of most essential Notification Center app already have updated it in the Play Store for 2.0.
          Now I have broken Notification center for 2.0, and no 2.0 on Pebble.

          • vwbeetlvr

            Pebble 2.0.0 firmware
            The latest firmware should be installed automatically by the mobile applications. If you need to install the firmware manually, please use one of those links:
            If your Pebble serial number starts with a number, download Pebble Firmware 2.0.0 for ev2_4.

            https://developer.getpebble.com/2/download/Pebble-2.0.0-ev2_4.pbz

            If your Pebble serial number starts with the letter ‘Q’, download Pebble Firmware 2.0.0 for v1_5.

            https://developer.getpebble.com/2/download/Pebble-2.0.0-v1_5.pbz

          • Andrew

            Well, BETA7 Android app does not install 2.0 firmware automatically, but it is fairly easy to install it manually.
            I only regret not getting into beta early.

          • vwbeetlvr

            I linked to the firmware. Can't you install the 2.0 firmware with any Pebble app?

          • Andrew

            First you must download and install dev version of android app (Android 2.0-BETA7.). Then you just tap on 2.0 firmware link in the browser and Pebble software will upload it to the watch.

            https://developer.getpebble.com/2/getting-started/

          • Andrew

            This worked perfectly. Thanks!

    • Crispin Swickard

      I was probably going to get a steel when taxes get back to me. Hopefully the will get things sorted by the time people start getting them. You would think that this propensity toward iOS would start to fade by now, but not so far.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Oh come on, they could have run into late-stage bugs. Happens all the time.

        • Crispin Swickard

          Its very well possible, and I am not attacking them really. I would like to see a couple apps come out on android at the same time, or forbid before the iOS counterparts. It has happened, but its still very rare.

          • Lawrence

            My concern is that when Pebble first came out was more functional on Android. This was largely in part due to the restrictive nature of the iOS SDK. Similar to with Glass these developers are largely restricted based upon Apple's API. As a result, and because of Apple's role in the US, I think they made a concentrated effort to focus on iOS for this update. You can look back for the last several months and the majority of platform updates have been iOS related improvements. From a business perspective this makes sense as they are addressing one of their key weaknesses. I had iOS friends take the watch back or sell it because it was so limited on iOS. However, I've been using the Pebble SDK 2.0, apps, and firmware for Android for a over a month now and while the iOS has now had the app store for several iterations now, the Android version has not even seen a build with the new app store included. Android developers have yet to get any indication of how the app store will be presented to it's users. It seems like this beta process would have been a good opportunity to test out these quirks prior to the launch similar to iOS. it is my hope that once they get some of these larger iOS issues figured out that they'll turn their sites back on the Android user base. I'm concerned this may be an indication of their user makeup and Android could indeed become second fiddle. I just don't want the Android version of this app to be like my grey Pebble that didn't get delivered until months after everyone else. I don't regret getting my Pebble in the slightest, but I do have my concerns about some shifts I've seen recently. That said I'm extremely excited to see what developers continue to do with version 2.0 of the OS.

    • Matthew Fry

      You used the Toq for a while? What didn't you like about it?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
        • Matthew Fry

          Ack! That sounds pretty terrible. I had such high hopes... Thanks for the link, your post seems comprehensive enough to be an article.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Yeah, it was basically some quick first impressions. I'm not sure yet if I'll be doing a full review - I am waiting for my Pebble Steel first to see if my expectations were just too high or the Toq is as useless as it seems.

  • David Stephenson

    In the meantime this is super annoying as the developers of a few apps (looking at you Notification Center for Pebble) are updating their apps to work ONLY with the 2.0 SDK that is being released with the app update...which isn't available to the general public. Broken apps and snow all over...aye aye aye

  • Anthony Tyson

    Lame. This sh!t needs to end. Just hold the iOS app until both are ready if its ready "very soon"

    • BobSwinkle

      Why would they do that? Why SHOULD they do that? We Android fans should stop deluding ourselves that Android is equal to iOS in terms of development time and resources. The reality is that it isn't, even if that reality is historical rather than based on the actual difficulty developing for the platform.

      If the app is ready, release it. Both for iOS and Android. Don't hold back on innovation for fear of annoying a few people who will get it slightly later.

      • Anthony Tyson

        To please ALL their customers.

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      • xHabeasCorpusx

        I agree with you. I hate iOS. The pebble group has been pretty good about keeping us Android users happy and is working hard in making sure we get up to speed. Hell I am sure there is a gross amount of Android pebble users to iOS. That's likely what Anthony is unhappy about.

        The only time I don't believe iOS apps should be released first is when iOS gains an unfair edge. With GTA5, for example, iOS users were able to snatch up all the custom license plate names and experience other features that Android users were not able to until a couple months after the game came out. By then everyone was done with the game and Android users were left with sloppy seconds.

    • jj14x

      If Google doesn't follow this suggestion (VoIP using hangouts), why would anybody else?

      • Christopher Carr

        And the clock is ticking on GrooVeIP and the like.

    • taylor192

      Per user, iOS apps generate significantly more revenue than Android. Thus it doesn't take an economics degree to figure out why IOS is usually targeted first.

      For the record I have a Nexus 5 and 7. I don't like this, yet that's the market at work.

  • nxtiak

    I have access to an iPhone5 and planning on updating my Pebble to 2.0 tonight.
    Anyone have the Android beta version of the Pebble app? apk ? so it'll still work when I use my Nexus 5?

  • Vetal

    the pebble app on ios is super slow on IOS, like early 2000's slow.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Usual stuff, why is everyone so surprised?

  • david coffey

    Random, apologies, but where the eff is baldurs gate 2? What the hell.

  • sbeaulieu

    Update : Now out in beta here the dowload link https://developer.getpebble.com/blog/2014/02/03/Android-appstore-beta/

  • Cat Astrophy

    Still trying to figure out why I would ever want this and I love gadgets.

    • Jason Bourne

      You mean why would you want a Pebble? Here's what I used mine for...

      1. When I was out and about, having my Pebble vibrate to let me know that I just received an incoming text or phone call was super useful because I could glance down and decide whether I wanted to pull my phone out of my pocket.
      2. When I would drive to unfamiliar places using Google Maps, I would receive notifications on my watch in real time (turn left in 200 feet), which, again was quite useful.
      3. They have a "flick" motion built into the Pebble watch, so you can flick your wrist to activate the backlight at night to see what time it is, without having to touch the watch.
      4. This is the most important... people asked me ALL THE TIME what I was wearing on my wrist. I'd answer it was a Pebble, then show them a different animated watch face and their jaws would drop and say, "that's really cool."

      I sold my original Pebble a few weeks ago because I'm wearing a Nike+ FuelBand SE right now and having both devices on my wrist at the same time is kind of heavy, but I'm seriously considering getting a Pebble Steel and ditching the FuelBand for a few months!

      • MyLeftNut

        How does the real-time turn by turn navigation alerts work? I'm honestly curious. Wouldn't the alerts scroll meaning you would be forced to keep your eyes on the screen a lot longer. Especially if the alert is particularly long. Seems as dangerous as reading a text as you drive.

        Or does the Pebble have a speaker? I haven't really kept up with it since the beginning but the new steel faces have me a bit interested.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          I don't think it has a speaker. Mine only vibrates.

        • Jason Bourne

          It's more the vibration that alerts me that a turn is coming up. Then I can either glance down at my phone or my watch, whatever is more convenient to see what direction I need to go.

  • kpjimmy

    I just got on Pebble 2.0 with the appstore with my v1 Pebble on my Nexus 5. Granted I am on the beta, but I don't really see what the big deal is, it's just an appstore with all the apps already out there. Most of the devs on the android side of things already released the store version in some fashion (beta or whatever). The apps are already out there, you just have to know where to ask and look IMO. The appstore is launched where the android app used to launch the settings. Neat. Groundbreaking? No. Super convenient? Yes.

    But the appstore is very polished for the android beta. Not too bad. Still a bit lag here and there and some of the apps need to be polished up a bit. Other than that, it's a great start!

  • w

    Ooooh! An ugly watch!

  • Evan Walls

    this pisses me off that this is still going on... and on top of that iOS sucksWHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO USE IT IS BEYOND ME!

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