Two thousand and thirteen was an incredible year for Pebble. We shipped to you, our amazing Kickstarter backers, landed at Best Buy, AT&T and Amazon, enabled iOS 7 notifications, launched SDK 2.0 and more. Today, with over 300,000 Pebbles on wrists all over the world, we’re back in Las Vegas and have some really great news to share with you.
First, we’re getting ready to launch the Pebble appstore — the very first open platform for sharing apps optimized for wearables. The appstore will live within the existing Pebble smartphone app on your iOS or Android smartphone, so you can find and download Pebble apps directly from your phone.
We’ve made browsing easy, with categories like Daily Living, Remote Controls, Games, Notifications, Tools & Utilities, Sports & Fitness and Watchfaces, of course. That means you’ll more easily be able to find apps that help you track your workout, manage your music or control your thermostat. In addition, we’ll be curating the Pebble appstore to bring the latest and greatest apps and watchfaces right to your wrist.
Second, we’re delighted to introduce Pebble Steel, our new, premium smartwatch. With Pebble, we’ve created an iconic, colorful and sporty smartwatch, but we wanted to build something even more refined — crank the style dial to 11.
Pebble Steel takes everything you know and love about Pebble—the crystal clear ePaper display, weeklong battery life, and waterproof design—and wraps it a smaller, thinner package. It’s made of forged and CNC-machined stainless steel.
The display is protected by a Corning® Gorilla® Glass lens with an oleophobic, anti-fingerprint coating. The housing also subtly incorporates a RGB LED light to indicate charge status. Like the original Pebble, Pebble Steel is waterproof up to 5 ATM.
Pebble Steel comes in two finishes: Brushed Stainless and Black Matte. All models are bundled with both a matching metal band and a black leather strap. The Black Matte Pebble Steel is crafted using a process called Physical Vapor Deposition to provide a tactile, deep black finish that’s also ultra-durable.
Starting today, you’ll be able to order Pebble Steel exclusively from getpebble.com for $249 US, which includes free courier shipping worldwide for early orders. Orders for Pebble Steel will begin shipping on January 28.
Third, we’re extremely proud to announce that Pandora, ESPN and Mercedes-Benz are joining our lineup of partners — which already includes Yelp, Foursquare, GoPro and iControl — and bringing more tiny moments of awesome to your Pebble everyday.
Pandora, iControl, and Mercedes-Benz will be demoing their Pebble apps using Pebble Steel here in Las Vegas — please come take a look if you’re attending CES. Otherwise, you’re invited to watch our announcement video.
We’re super excited about what the Pebble appstore, Pebble Steel, and our new partners bring to the table. Our mission is clear: we’re creating the gold standard for wearables that mesh perfectly with your everyday life, and building the fundamental ecosystem and platform for these devices.
Two thousand and thirteen was phenomenal for Pebble, but expect even more from us this year as we continue to improve our platform and listen to your feedback. Stay in touch with us by signing up for our newsletter in the upper right corner of our blog (blog.getpebble.com).
Thanks as always and keep on Pebbling!