Pebble announced today that it has updated its Pebble app for Android the smartwatch app store feature that it first rolled out for iOS users last month. The app now lets Android users browse and install apps and watch faces for Pebble:
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.
Pebble also announced some new partners today bringing apps to the platform including eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable. Evernote lets you review notebooks, reminders, and checklists, Time Warner Cable’s app lets Intelligent Home subscribers control their thermostat and more, and eBay lets you browse and add products to watchlists.
The updated Android app also includes a revamped UI, the Watchapp locker for managing installed apps, and some performance improvements. Full release notes and known issues below.
Pebble for Android 2.0 Release Notes
- Completely revamped and improved user interface design.
- Pebble watchapp directory: browse, find, and install the latest watchapps for Pebble.
- Watchapp locker: keep track of your favorite apps and manage the apps on your Pebble.
- The list of prior notifications is now stored on your Pebble.
- Using Pebble watchapps that connect to the internet to fetch data such as location or weather requires the Pebble Android app to be running on your phone.
- This release supports a single Pebble watch. We are aware that some users may have multiple Pebble smart watches, and will add support in a future release.
- Users of the Beta release of the Android 2.0 application will only see the old app in the Google Play Store. Delete the Beta version of the app to see the public version properly.
- Side-loading apps from the “Downloads” app or Gmail may fail. This is a known issue—users must currently use another method (e.g. Dropbox, downloading with an alternate browser, copying manually to a SD card, loading from the File Manager, etc.)
- Users may have to manually re-launch the Pebble app and reconnect to a Pebble that has been disconnected from the paird device for a long period of time.
- If a user is experiencing difficulty connecting their Pebble and phone: We suggest the user first try using (device) Home button then launching the Pebble app again via the Android launcher, then attempting to connect again. If that does not work, we suggest the user navigate to the Bluetooth settings menu, un-pair on both the android and pebble devices, and turn Bluetooth on Android off then on.