New for software version 2.0, the Pebble has finally received its own app store, letting you download apps for the smart watch in one location. But while iOS users have had the pleasure of using this app store since earlier this month, Android folk still don’t have official access. In order to use the Android app store right now, you need to be a developer. Luckily, a Pebble engineer has spoken out about the delay.
Pebble engineer Kean Wong explained that it’s difficult to code an Android app that works with a multitude of devices. Since the app has to interface with the Pebble, it needs to work with various Bluetooth chips, versions of Android and so on. For a small team like Pebble, this is quite difficult.
I’ve heard this excuse a million times. I’m not denying that it’s true, but it becomes less and less valid as time goes on. Fragmentation in Android is becoming a small issue thanks in part to Google’s API work, so most developers no longer have this problem. However, I can’t blame Pebble. We’ll gladly wait for the app store to launch. Hopefully it’ll be soon.