The Pebble smartwatch is probably the best known success story in tech crowdfunding, and unlike other projects, it continued to thrive even after it smashed its campaign target.
With 190,000 smartwatches on wrists around the world and two million app and watch face downloads, the Pebble ecosystem was in dire need of a centralized place where developers could post their applications for the benefit of users. That place is the Pebble Appstore, announced today and opening to users in early 2014.
Details are scarce for now, but the Pebble team calls the store a “one-stop-shop for searching, browsing, and installing Pebble watch faces and apps directly from the iOS or Android Pebble smartphone app”.
Apps will be accepted in the following categories:
Developers can already submit their applications for distribution in the upcoming store. According to the Pebble team, more than 10,000 developers have been contributing to the platform, though we suspect the figure includes users who merely tinkered with watch faces.
On a related note, Pebble will be giving away 4,000 smartwatches to students in the United States as part of its Education Project. The device currently sells for $119 on Amazon.
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Another Excellent Model is the New SmartQ Z-Watch
Another tech company offering an innovative smartwatch is Smart Devices, which introduced the world’s first tablet with a built-in DLP projector — winning a prestigious 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award – and now its Smart Q Z-watch is gaining notice for its features and design and compares to the Pebble but with better specs and features more on par with Samsung’s high-end Galaxy watch, and nearly half the price. Smart Devices also launches its own App store in January, after accepting hundreds of App developer submissions in November.
The SmartQ Z-Watch ($155) features a full color touch screen display with one of the highest resolution screens of any smart watch on the market, and offers a powerful 1Ghz processor, along with twice the battery power of most other models; and also offers both Bluetooth 4.0 with low energy use & WiFi connection–
SmartQ Z-Watch works with Android smartphones to handle phone calls and sync and display messages, contacts, and schedule; plus features an MP3 Player & Voice Recorder, a walking/ jogging pedometer and sleep analyzer; and a software update is also expected in January to work with Apple iOS devices as well.
One U.S.source for the new SmartQ Z-Watch is–Tab l et Sp r i nt– which has complete product details and also adds in a premium earphone set and extra watch band strap as part of the package…