Pebble’s Smartwatch Now Formally Helps Android Put on Apps
Right here’s excellent news for house owners of the Pebble, the unique smartwatch, who even have an Android gadget. Now your watch can benefit from apps that help Google’s Android Put on platform, along with these inside Pebble’s personal app retailer.
Pebble first added this help again in December, however it was restricted to beta testers on the time. Now anybody can benefit from the tie-in. For instance, TechCrunch’s Romain Dillet final yr bemoaned the truth that his Pebble didn’t help the “nifty” Capitaine Practice ticket reserving app, however now it does because of as we speak’s replace.
Pebble’s integration truly helps a wider number of Android units than Android Put on itself — Android four.zero versus Android four.three — however the firm nonetheless faces an enormous activity to remain related in a quickly aggressive area. Certainly, a current Canalys report famous that Android Put on completely dominated the 720,000 smartwatches that have been estimated to have shipped final yr.
The analyst agency did say that Pebble’s give attention to apps and aggressive pricing (decrease than the remaining) has stored it related however, with the Apple Watch because of arrival in April and new Android Put on merchandise like the LG Watch Urbane on their means, Pebble faces an ever-growing problem.
Little question Apple’s entry into the phase will tremendously increase consciousness of smartwatches amongst much less-tech savy shoppers — as many have predicted — however that even the iPhone-maker is claimed to be struggling to discover a ‘killer app’ for its smartwatch signifies the problem of creating a tool that appeals to shoppers. Apple can shift product off the again of its model alone, however issues are harder for smaller, indie corporations like Pebble.
Hat tip Venturebeat