Pebble appstore coming to iPhone on February 3.

Following the release of the new Pebble Steel, next up for the smartwatch company is the inaugural release of its appstore which is happening this coming Monday, February 3. The news comes by way of a short announcement on the Pebble twitter account.

Source: iMore.

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Pebble announces the new Pebble Steel smartwatch and Pebble appstore.

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If there’s been one thing missing from the Pebble lineup since its release last year, it’s been a classic, premium design. To nerds, the plastic, brightly colored watch is awesome. To others, it’s just not attractive enough to display on their wrist, especially not if you happen to dress smartly. Thankfully, the company, today at CES, announced a brand new device: Pebble Steel.

Retailing at $249, the Pebble Steel is made from more premium materials. Its face is made of stainless steel, and the display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass. It’s $100 more than its predecessor (which continues to be offered for sale). Feature-wise, it’s pretty much exactly the same as the original model, it just has a much more classic look and feel. Pre-orders are going live today, with general sale on January 28th.

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Perhaps a bigger deal is the Pebble appstore. Developers will be able to make apps specifically for the Pebble. Apps like Foursquare, Pandora and ESPN have already been announced as well as an iControl app (a home automation app). Amazingly, Mercedes partnered with Pebble to create an app that allows you to connect directly to your car and see information like distance travelled, tyre pressure etc. It’s all very exciting.

To order your own Pebble Steel, head on over to the shop page on GetPebble.com.

Pebble smartwatch getting its own app store in early 2014.

Pebble today announced a major step forward for the popular smartwatch with the arrival of a dedicated appstore in early 2014. Developers can begin submitting apps immediately, but it won’t roll out to the general public until sometime in the new year.

When it launches in early 2014, the Pebble appstore will be a first-of-its-kind wearable tech application directory—giving Pebble users a one-stop-shop for searching, browsing, and installing Pebble watch faces and apps directly from the iOS or Android Pebble smartphone app

Apps will be split across a variety of categories, including Watchfaces, Daily, Remotes, Games, Notifications, Tools and utilities and Sports and fitness. Apps that still require an iOS or Android device counterpart will be allowed to link back to the respective app stores.

The news comes alongside the announcement of the Pebble SDK 2.0, which adds a number of new API’s to the smartwatch:

The introduction of SDK 2.0 included four major new APIs—Javascript, Accelerometer, Data Logging, and Persistent Storage—and the response has been phenomenal. We know developers have excitedly anticipated submitting their SDK 2.0 Pebble apps to the Pebble app store.

As a Pebble owner, I’m really excited to see what the developer community can come up with to take it to the next level. With the recent updates that made it much, much better to use with an iPhone, there’s a bright future for the e-paper smartwatch, and I for one can’t wait to get stuck into the appstore next year.

Pebble smartwatch now available from Amazon.

Pebble smartwatch now available from Amazon

First there was Kickstarter. Then Best Buy. Now Amazon. If you’re interested in aPebble smartwatch, and all the newly enabled iOS 7 goodness that now comes with it, now you can order it from one of the biggest online retailers on the planet.

If you grab one, let me know how it works for you.

Source: iMore.

Pebble smartwatch now available from Best Buy Canada.

Pebble smartwatch now available from Best Buy Canada

If you’re Canadian and have had your eye on a Pebble smartwatch, good news! You can now get one directly from Best Buy Canada online. That’s right – no more waiting for – and likely paying for – cross-border customs! Thanks to iOS 7, Pebble can now show you all manner of push notifications, from iMessage to email to Google Maps turn-by-turn directions. It’s black only for now, and online only as well, but hey, it’s a start. If you order one, let me know how you like it.

Source: iMore.

Pebble announces 275k units sold to date, plans to add email notifications for iOS in 2-3 weeks.

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Following the retail launch of its Bluetooth smartwatch at Best Buy earlier this month, Pebble is for the first time disclosing how many units its sold since its extremely popular Kickstarter campaign. Pebble is

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Following the retail launch of its Bluetooth smartwatch at Best Buy earlier this month, Pebble is for the first time disclosing how many units its sold since its extremely popular Kickstarter campaign. Pebble is now at 275K orders to date, 190K of which came from its website after initially selling around 85k to its Kickstarter backers. Pebble also announced it has now hit over 1 million app downloads on the platform and plans to implement new features for iOS including email notifications and Gmail and iMAP support :

A major new feature on iOS will be available within 2-3 weeks. The feature has been lacking since launch: support for email notifications. At first, our testing with iOS 6 indicated that the built-in Bluetooth notification system would be able to send notifications Pebble. Unfortunately, that system only could reliably send SMS and iMessage to Pebble (ironically something we did not promise to support). We’ve finally cracked the email puzzle and the next Pebble iOS app will have full support for Gmail and IMAP email notifications.

Last month we reported that Apple would be offering a new Notification Center service to developers with iOS 7 that will allow Bluetooth devices like Pebble to access all notifications from Notification Center. Pebble hinted today that it has plans for the new Bluetooth profiles:

iOS 7 looks quite cool and useful but we can’t talk about it in detail until Apple releases it publicly. In the meantime, we’ll continue to work with it and test Pebble support under iOS 7..

Pebble’s Eric Migicovsky also clarified when preorders would be receiving their orders and announced he’d be holding a Reddit AMA today at 12pm PDT on reddit.com/r/pebble.

million app downloads on the platform and plans to implement new features for iOS including email notifications and Gmail and iMAP support :

A major new feature on iOS will be available within 2-3 weeks. The feature has been lacking since launch: support for email notifications. At first, our testing with iOS 6 indicated that the built-in Bluetooth notification system would be able to send notifications Pebble. Unfortunately, that system only could reliably send SMS and iMessage to Pebble (ironically something we did not promise to support). We’ve finally cracked the email puzzle and the next Pebble iOS app will have full support for Gmail and IMAP email notifications.

Last month we reported that Apple would be offering a new Notification Center service to developers with iOS 7 that will allow Bluetooth devices like Pebble to access all notifications from Notification Center. Pebble hinted today that it has plans for the new Bluetooth profiles:

iOS 7 looks quite cool and useful but we can’t talk about it in detail until Apple releases it publicly. In the meantime, we’ll continue to work with it and test Pebble support under iOS 7..

Pebble’s Eric Migicovsky also clarified when preorders would be receiving their orders and announced he’d be holding a Reddit AMA today at 12pm PDT on reddit.com/r/pebble.

Source: 9to5Mac.

Pebble Inks Exclusive Partnership With Best Buy, Arrives In Stores July 7.

If you’ve long been interested in the Pebble smartwatch of Kickstarter fame, it will now be much easier for you to get your hands on one. Pebble has teamed up with Best Buy as its exclusive retail partner, taking away the need to visit the company’s website in order to buy one.

Customers will be able to purchase the Pebble from Best Buy in Jet Black from day one, with Cherry Red set to become available sometime in August. Users can continue to pre-order Pebble’s other colors of orange, gray, and white from its official website.

Customers can already place an order with Best Buy for the watch starting today, for the price of $149.99. The Best Buy versions also come in all new packaging.

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If you don’t have the patience to sit around and wait for what Apple’s iWatch might be, perhaps you’ll want to give the Pebble a try.

Source: Macgasm.