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New Version Pebble Android App Includes Appstore, But It’s Only for Developers

The eagerly anticipated Pebble Appstore may have launched exclusively for iOS yesterday, but an Android version may not be far behind. Pebble announced the release of a beta for the Pebble Android app that includes the Appstore, but with a big catch: only Pebble app developers can use it for now.

That restriction may be for good reason, as the app has a number of bugs and issues the Pebble team is working to straighten out. If you’re one of the lucky few with beta access, here’s what to look out for:

  • The pairing process has some issues. We recommend first pairing in the bluetooth settings of your phone and then starting the pebble app.
  • You will not be able to configure an app if it is running on your Pebble. Exit the app (or watchface) before clicking the settings button.
  • When installing an application with the pebble tool, you will need to press the “Load” button on your phone to proceed with the install. Make sure the app is launched and in the foreground before you run pebble install.
  • getAccountToken() currently returns an hardcoded token.
  • If your are an Android developer, you might have the Android dev options of “Limit Background Processes” and “Don’t Keep Activities” checked. You need to uncheck/disable these to use the Pebble app.
  • The mobile app shows a “Settings” icon for all JavaScript apps, even if they are not configurable.

It’s a bit perplexing that the Pebble team is choosing not to use the Play Store’s beta-testing system, but perhaps the company wants to polish the app with a small number of testers before releasing it for wider consumption. Whatever the reason, we can only hope that the process goes smoothly so Android users have access to the Pebble Appstore soon.

Update: Though the wording of Pebble’s blog post suggested the beta was restricted to developers, anyone can download and try out the app by signing up for an account here, and then downloading the APK from this page.

Via: Pebble
  • mcdonsco

    Just FYI for anyone interested in Steel…Got mine today…The watch itself is actually MUCH nicer than I expected it to be. The leather band is also very nice as well, not cheap at all…But I prefer metal bands so I put the SS one on; was a bit of a pain removing links to get it sized right, but it’s done.

    The Metal band however DOES feel cheap…My best guess is it’s super thin steel rather than a more solid/thicker steel…only thing I can come up with to explain/define how cheap the band is…

    Also, if you already own a pebble you likely already know this, but it doesn’t seem to work with native email apps on various phones (outside of gmail of course)…I have an LG G2 and use exchange for my business email…Pebble doesn’t support it. BUT, I found a resolution:

    Install the native AOSP email apk…Of course you have to be rooted for that, but it worked; native notifications for email on pebble now using the kit kat email.apk

  • Grammer

    Title should be: “New Version of Pepple’s Android app..”

  • Travis Walls

    The way this article words it, you’d think you had to get special access. I went to the page, made a new developer account for free (e-mail address, name, and password is all they want), and downloaded the beta. Got the final stable release of 2.0 firmware on my watch, loaded the Foursquare app from the appstore beta, and called it a day. Not a developer.

  • mikewilson1021

    Just installed it. The UI/UX is pretty cool, but like others have already said, it is INCREDIBLY slow on my Nexus 5 right now. Especially getting to the “apps” section. However, it is still technically in Beta, so it can only get better, and with the layout as it is right now I can’t wait for the finished product!

  • mcdonsco

    Got my shipping confirmation yesterday for steel…left Fremont California and in one day, made it to Oakland, then sat there all day today … Shows delivery on Thursday yet its only a few hundred miles away…

    Gotta love FedEx.

    • Mine shipped today. Expect to have it by Friday. Can’t wait.

      • NexusMan

        Really interested in hearing you guy’s opinion once you receive it. I’m thinking of getting one when the Android app launches.

  • normmcgarry

    My Pebble already broke. Junk.

    • My first one developed screen issues after a couple months. They replaced it no problem and the 2nd has been rock solid thus far (and I was a really early KS backer). When you say “broke” and “junk” you’re going to have to be a bit more specific though…

      • normmcgarry

        Yeah, I was a KS backer as well. Same thing on my end: the screen just became completely unreadable. And I was given the runaround by their support team when I tried to get an RMA last week, so I kinda gave up sending it back. And the glass is just a nightmare for scratches. I ended up buying the screen protector, but the whole idea of a screen protector for a watch is frustrating by itself. I just feel like it’s a pretty cheap product overall, and the app experience has been a little lackluster and buggy. The RunKeeper app would get frozen on my watch, even after I would close it. Overall, I’ve been disappointed in many ways. Therefore, cool concept, but junk, in my opinion.

    • SoCalPaul

      Sorry to hear about that… Mine has been working great and really love it since I upgraded the band to ceramic.

    • SoCalPaul

      Here is photo

      • vwbeetlvr

        Can you link me to that band… I need it.

        • SoCalPaul

          kubxlab makes it but see my notes on cutting watch with photo in post above.

      • John Legere

        Looks tight on your wrist. Can it breathe?

        • SoCalPaul

          My wrist must have been bent funny cause it is comfortable. I ended up buying two bands because the standard band wasn’t big enough and they don’t have extra links for sale. With two links added it was too loose. The band came from Kuxlab but it doesn’t fit the Pebble directly so I had to actually file down the watch slightly for the band to fit into the pin holes (see below photo). I’m sure I’ve lost my warranty but I’d rather have the watch look cool than have the warranty.

          • John Legere

            Ah cool. I want to get one. But i wasn’t sure if i was smaller or not. That’s cool

  • When I saw this, I thought they started a NEW beta program that really was private. This is nothing different than what they did before. They posted this about beta 8 even on /r/pebble yesterday (likely just to shut people up). I’ve been on the beta app and firmware (well, official firmware now) for weeks. Not a developer.

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  • crazyg0od33

    I’m not a dev, but I’m in the beta…

    *edit* and it kind of sucks (the appstore part) it’s a Webstore within an app, and I can barely even scroll without it locking up on my HTC One

    • The store is painfully slow both on my Nexus 5 and my iPhone 5 (for work). I switch my Pebble between the two phones each day to get so much more use out of it.

    • hfoster52

      It’s the path most developers take. Lets do it in HTML 5 because I can build stuff in a browser across multiple platforms. Then they figure out how slow it is because they are fetching more data than they really need, then go back to building platform specific apps which run faster and don’t require all the overhead. But that’s my 2 cents.