Countdown to Steel and the Pebble appstore

We’re one week away from sending out the first wave of Pebble Steel deliveries and getting closer to taking the Pebble appstore live! There’s so much to look forward to in the coming weeks and we hope you’re as excited as we are.

Pebble appstore Update

When Pebble appstore goes live, there will be 500+ amazing apps and faces to choose from, with more added each day. Downloads from the Pebble appstore will be managed within a new versions of the iOS and Android Pebble smartphone apps, making management super-easy.

One of the coolest features to look forward to in the in the new Pebble app is the Locker, which resides in a new “My Pebble” menu within the Pebble smartphone app. By adding apps and watchfaces to your Locker, you can now seamlessly swap in and out the eight watchapps stored on your Pebble at any given time.

appstore Locker for iOS

Locker screen on the iOS Pebble app.

For developers, now is the time to post your SDK 2.0-compatible app to the Pebble appstore Developer Portal. Publishing apps to the Pebble appstore is the best way to make your #TinyMomentOfAwesome available to 300,000+ Pebblers around the world. Whether your app is specificlly built for Pebble or a companion app integrates with an existing iOS or Android app, you can publish to the Pebble appstore!

Pebble Steel Shipments Start 28 January

Since unveiling Pebble Steel at CES two weeks ago, the response has been spectacular. We were pleased to welcome a new, classically-inspired addition to the Pebble lineup and couldn’t be happier with the excitement Pebble Steel attracted from those who got a chance to see “Bianca” first-hand in Las Vegas.

Pebble Steel joins her big brother, 28 January.

Pebble Steel joins her big brother, 28 January.

Once the company launches its official app store later this year, consider the smartwatch game a wrap for 2014. The Best Gadgets from CES 2014 »Complex Magazine

The Pebble was the first smartwatch people wanted to own, and at CES this year, it just got a lot classier. Best of CES 2014 Award Winners »Digital Trends

Just as a new suit or dress can transform a person, the Pebble is reborn for a whole new audience with its metallic new look. Best Tech of CES 2014 »Mashable

More like a fashion accessory than a geek toy. The Best of CES 2014 »PC Mag

Pebble has gone premium and we like it. Best of CES 2014 »Pocket-lint

The watch is lust-worthy. CES 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards »Popular Mechanics

Pebble is back in stainless steel, and will come with more apps and functionality than ever before. CES 2014 review: The best tech from the show »T3

If you haven’t been tempted by the smartwatch market before, the Pebble just might change your mind. Best of CES 2014 Award: Pebble Steel »TechnoBuffalo

Winner: CES 2014 Best Wearable Tech Award »TechRadar

Pebble has the competition beat with its growing ecosystem. Best of CES 2013 »Tom’s Guide

It’s the only smartwatch we’d recommend anyone buying right now. The Verge Awards: CES 2014 »The Verge

Pebble managed to address the two biggest complaints people have about smartwatches: their lack of functionality and clunky looks. We Pick the 10 Best Gadgets at CES »Wired

We can’t wait to start fulfilling Pebble Steel orders! Pebble Steel is available for $250, exclusively at getpebble.com. Shipping begins on 28 January to our the first ones who lined up. We’ll keep delivering shipments as quickly as possible, in the order they were submitted. Credit cards don’t get charged until Pebble Steel ships, but there will be a temporary authorization to ensure valid payment.

Credit card authorisation screen.

CES 2014: Welcoming Pebble Steel, Pebble appstore, and new partners to the Family

Two thousand and thirteen was an incredible year for Pebble. We shipped to our Kickstarter backers; landed at Best Buy, AT&T, and Amazon; enabled iOS 7 notifications; launched SDK 2.0; and more—all thanks to amazing support from Pebblers and developers like you.

Our running start to 2013 happened right here at CES when we showed Pebble publicly for the very first time. Today, with over 300,000 Pebbles on wrists all over the world, we’re back in Las Vegas with really great news to share.

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iOS 7 notifications update now available in the iTunes Store

We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for the iOS 7 notification update we announced last Wednesday, and we’re happy to report that it’s been approved by Apple. The latest Pebble app for iOS is now available for download in the iTunes Store!

As you probably know, this update seamlessly integrates Pebble with the Notification Center in iOS 7 and allows you to receive notifications from apps like Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, Dropbox, WhatsApp, Flipboard and more.

If you’re a developer, don’t forget to visit the Pebble developer blog to learn about our much improved SDK 2.0, which provides access four new APIs — Javascript, Accelerometer, Data Logging and Persistent Storage.

Want to gift Pebble to a friend? All five colors are now in stock at getpebble.com with free priority shipping. Questions about the update process? Visit our support center right here.

Introducing iOS 7 notifications and Pebble SDK 2.0

It’s been a very exciting year for Pebble. There are now over 190,000 Pebbles on wrists everywhere, we’ve built strong retail partnerships with Best Buy and AT&T, and we’ve grown our team — all thanks to wonderful Pebble users like you. For those who don’t have a Pebble yet, all five colors are in stock at getpebble.com and for a limited time we’re offering free priority shipping (5-7 days worldwide).

Of course, it takes more than hardware to make a great smartwatch and we’ve been working closely with developers worldwide to help them create thousands of apps for Pebble customers on both iOS and Android. While we’re proud of these achievements, we’ve been working hard to take Pebble to the next level. Today we’re announcing new software that’s going to make Pebble even more useful.

First, we’re introducing a more delightful user experience for Pebble customers using iOS. Pebble is now fully integrated with iOS 7 and works seamlessly with Notification Center. This means that any notifications you’ve enabled in Notification Center on your iOS 7 device will appear on your Pebble — just like that. It’s easier than ever to pick and choose which updates you want to see on your watch. This includes notifications beyond calls, texts and emails, such as Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, Dropbox, WhatsApp, Flipboard and more. A new Pebble app for iOS will enable this functionality and is under review by Apple. Expect an update in the iTunes Store soon.

Here’s a video that shows what iOS 7 support looks like.

Second, we’re launching Pebble SDK 2.0, which makes it even easier for developers to build awesome Pebble apps. SDK 2.0 opens up an entire universe of rich new watch apps thanks to four new APIs: Javascript, Accelerometer, Data Logging and Persistent Storage. 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). You can find out more about SDK 2.0 on the Pebble developer blog.

This is just the beginning. Seamless integration with iOS 7 is one of many ways we’re continuously improving Pebble’s user experience. While we’re just starting to roll out SDK 2.0, we already have some amazing watch apps in the works from partners like iControl, Foursquare, GoPro and Yelp. Pebble’s always been an open platform and we can’t wait to see what else developers create with SDK 2.0 — there’s a lot more to come.

Until then, we know you like numbers, so here are a few:

  • Number of Pebbles on wrists worldwide: 190,000
  • Number of apps and faces downloaded: 2 million
  • Number of apps and faces on mypebblefaces.com: 2,200
  • Number of watchfaces created on watchface-generator.de: 80,000
  • Number of companion apps available on the iTunes and Google Play stores: 50+
  • Number of developers: 10,000+