Pebble at GDC: let’s play

When we launched SDK 1.0 almost a year ago, we knew it was only a matter of time until developers started making games for Pebble. Before long, we saw great Tetris, Pong, and Asteroid clones available for download from My Pebble Faces.

Now, with SDK 2.0, which includes accelerometer support, and the Pebble appstore for iOS and Android, there’s never been a better time to develop games for Pebble. In addition to classics titles like Pebtris, Pebloid and multiplayer Chess, Tiny Bird (a Flappy Bird clone) is consistently one of the most popular downloads on the Pebble appstore. Below are the top 10 games currently available on the Pebble appstore.

  • Tiny Bird
  • MiniDungeon
  • Pebtris
  • Ledge Climber
  • Chess
  • Falldown
  • Orbtime
  • Pebloid
  • Blackjack
  • Ask the Helix Fossil

We believe Pebble is a great new platform for studios around the world to create awesome  games — specifically mini games and casual games. Today at GDC, we’re introducing three new titles which are going live on the Pebble appstore: Mr. Runner (Zing Games), an endless runner; Icon Pop Quiz (Alegrium), a fun quiz game; and Hatchi (Portable Pixels), a Tamagachi like game. Continue reading…

It’s Time for the Pebble appstore on Android, new partner apps, and SXSW!

We’re excited to announce that the Pebble Android app featuring the Pebble appstore is now available for download from the Google Play store. It’s taken a bit longer than expected, but we wanted our Android users to enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience we recently provided to Pebblers on iOS.

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Special thanks to the Pebble users and developers who tested our Android beta builds: your help and feedback was invaluable. So dive in, because it’s time! Download Pebble for Android 2.0 from Google Play and unlock a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces waiting for you in the Pebble appstore (full release notes after the jump).

If you’re looking for sweet Android and Pebble apps and watchfaces to get started with, check a few of our favorite Android companion apps:

  • Glance lets you customize your Pebble with weather, calendar, and stocks and send pre-configured SMS messages.
  • Canvas lets you design watchfaces on your smartphone and publish them instantly to your Pebble.
  • PebbleCam turns your Pebble into a remote viewfinder and control for your smartphone camera.
  • Music Boss lets you to launch and control any music app on your smartphone from your wrist, with volume control included.
  • Sleep as Android is a smart alarm clock and sleep-cycle tracker that integrates with Pebble and wakes you up gently.
Featured Android Companion Apps on the Pebble appstore

Featured Android Companion Apps on the Pebble appstore

New Partner Apps!

We’re also thrilled to welcome three new partners, launching today on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable. They join our growing lineup of partners, including Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare!

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It’s time to explore the Pebble appstore

Last month at CES 2014 we announced the Pebble appstore — the very first open platform for sharing apps optimized for wearables. We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for the appstore to launch and today’s the day.

We’re extremely proud to announce that the Pebble appstore is now live with over 1000 apps and watchfaces. The appstore is built into the Pebble app on your iOS or Android device, and lets you find, browse and download Pebble apps and watchfaces directly from your smartphone.

Pebble’s mission is to make products that mesh easily with your life. Until now, Pebble users discovered apps and watchfaces through several awesome third party resources like MyPebbleFaces. The Pebble appstore changes all this by providing a simple one-stop-shop for you to discover, manage, and install apps and watchfaces.

The appstore features separate areas for apps and watchfaces, with six app categories: Daily, Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, and Games. This makes it easier than ever to find your next favorite app — whether you’re tracking your workout, managing your music, or controlling your thermostat.

But the Pebble appstore is more than just a centralized location for apps and watchfaces. We’re actively curating the appstore to bring you the best apps and watchfaces every day. In addition, the locker stores your favorite apps and watchfaces and provides a quick and easy way to load and unload them from your Pebble.

The new Pebble app for iOS which includes the Pebble appstore is now available for download in the iTunes Store. We’re still fine tuning the Pebble app for Android, so stay tuned — it’s coming very, very soon.

Update: A beta of the Pebble app for Android which includes the Pebble appstore is now available for developers.

Introducing Pebble Steel

Pebble Steel is shipping!

It’s time! Pebble Steel is shipping today.

At CES, we launched our new, premium smartwatch, Pebble Steel, and we’ve been blown away by the reception. Early orders are leaving the factory today, and your shipping confirmation emails will be arriving shortly. We appreciate your patience while we’re ramping up production to make sure each Pebble Steel meets our exacting standards.

The Pebble appstore, which we also announced at CES 2014, is coming very, very soon. We’re excited to let you explore and discover the thousands of awesome SDK 2.0 apps and watchfaces developers have already submitted — including partner apps from Foursquare, GoPro, Yelp and ESPN. Stay tuned…

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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Pebble appstore device lineup

Saddle up Pebble devs: the Pebble appstore is coming soon

Today, we are proud to announce exciting news to our developer community: the Pebble Developer Portal is now open! Pebble app developers can now upload their Pebble apps for distribution in the upcoming Pebble appstore. 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.

Music Boss and PebbleSnap on the Pebble appstore

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.

The time is now.

For full details, visit the Pebble app store announcement on our Developer Blog »

Pebble appstore Press Kit for Media and Press »

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+