Pebble wearers now have one condensed hub for downloading apps and watchfaces. The company has announced that its official Pebble appstore is live, meaning watch wearers can begin browsing the app marketplace today directly from the existing Pebble app.
The Pebble Appstore is launching for iOS today, but the company promises that its Android version will be released "very, very soon." The store houses more than 1,000 apps that were previously scattered across multiple third-party app stores including PebbleBarn and MyPebbleFaces. The Pebble platform boasts more apps than other competing smartwatch ecosystems. The Sony Smartwatch 2 is compatible with about 300 apps, while the Samsung Galaxy Gear only boasts around 75 apps and only works with select Samsung smartphones.
The Pebble Appstore is broken down into six main categories including Daily, Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness and Games. Underneath these genres, which are presented in a tiled format, are other sections such as Most Loved Apps, Pebble Essentials and Weekly Top Picks.
The store houses Pebble 2.0 apps, which are based on the updated firmware that was announced toward the end of 2013. It's unclear if all Pebble 1.0 apps will transition to the new Pebble 2.0 appstore, but the company says its app will automatically retrieve apps that are similar to those already installed if they aren't available for the new firmware.
Although Pebble is kicking off its appstore today, that doesn't mean third-party marketplaces are calling it quits. PebbleBarn, for example, also announced that its updating its store to include Pebble 2.0 apps.
"SDK 2.0 is coming soon, and we're here to stay!" PebbleBarn wrote in an announcement on Monday.
Since all apps in the official Pebble app store are free, PebbleBarn is alluring developers with the premise that they can actually charge for apps in their store. At the same time, PebbleBarn is touting itself as the "primary marketplace for premium Pebble apps" to appeal to customers.
The official Pebble appstore, however, will feature apps from the company's newest partners including Foursquare, Pandora, Yelp! and Mercedes Benz among others.