The iWatch may still be many months away (or so it seems), but those who've been enamored with Pebble's smartwatch will be happy to know that the device will be getting its own app store sometime early next year. Developers will be able to list their apps on the store, and from there Pebble owners will be able to download them to the watch itself via their iPhones.
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Apple iWatch hopefuls, take note. Pebble, the maker of one of the few existing smartwatches that's truly worthy of note, just released an update that further demonstrates the effectiveness of the concept. Whereas previously users could only receives notifications for calls and text messages, now any kind of alert that appears on iOS's Notification Center will pop up on the device.
Lately it seems as though Samsung copies so liberally from Apple's design direction that it's hardly worth commenting on when it appears. (To be fair, the gold Galaxy was just too good to pass up.) But today the tech sphere is abuzz with the realization that Samsung's "brilliant" ad for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is almost a carbon copy of Apple's "Hello" spot for the 2007 Oscars.
It's the week of glitches, rush jobs, security breaches, and the voice behind the curtain--or at least behind the little round button we call Home. Who got hacked, who dropped the ball, and why don't levels work like they're supposed to? And did you get my text? I sent it like an hour ago….
If it seemed as though Samsung's recent Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out of nowhere for the purpose of beating Apple to the punch, a new report from Cnet suggests that this may have been the case, after all. Slammed in reviews for poor functionality, disappointing battery life, and a high price, Samsung's diminutive smart device has had a tough time of it as of late, and Cnet believes there's every indication that this shoddiness stems from a desire to rush a product from concept to shelves in a matter of months.
For better or for worse, it's increasingly starting to look as though 2014 may herald the heyday of the so-called smartwatch. We've seen increasing hints that Apple has its own device in the works, and now TechCrunch is reporting that Samsung may be throwing its own competitor into the arena with the "Galaxy Gear."
Call me crazy, but I'm just not sold on the whole iWatch thing.
Of course, that's not to say Apple isn't building one, or that it won't be an unfathomable success, or even that I won't rush out to buy one if and when it releases. But from where I'm standing, I just don't see the reason for it.
It seems the smartwatch train is chugging along with no sign of stopping. We've been dropping rumors about Apple's drive to create one of the devices over the past several months, and now it looks as though Microsoft's ready to jump into the race. Indeed, based on a report in The Verge this morning, it's apparently much farther along than its rival over in Cupertino. Reportedly, the prototype's already moved from the company's Xbox team and into the hands of its Surface tablet developers.
So apparently some of you are really into this whole smartwatch thing. We still don't have many ideas about what to expect from Apple's take on the tech, but apparently Pebble's smartwatch received as many as 275,000 preorders through Kickstarter and Best Buy before its launch last week. You can bet Apple's taking note.