Jul 11 AT 3:04 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

Pebble announces 275,000 smartwatches preordered


Pebble has set itself up as the smart device to beat this year. Just announced today, preorders for the Pebble smartwatch have topped 275,000, and watch app downloads have topped one million; An amazing feat for a small company started on Kickstarter.

Rumors that everyone from Google to Apple will be releasing their own smartwatch this year are old news, but Pebble has a huge head start. Despite production and distribution problems, Pebble has managed to snag 275,000 preorders for their e-ink smartwatch. 85,000 of those preorders are from Kickstarter, all of which should be fulfilled this week, and 190,000 come from after the Kickstarter campaign closed. Online orders combined with a growing retail presence has put Pebble in a dominating position in the market, one they’re not going to squander.

Along with detailing just how successful their smartwatch has been, Pebble also announced today that it is fully committed to providing a robust ecosystem of apps, doing what is takes to foster development for their platform. This includes giving developers “deeper” access to all of the Pebble smartwatch’s features, making apps more functional and unique.

For major companies coming looking to enter the smartwatch this race this year, finding the winning recipe that lead to the overwhelming success of Pebble is going to be hard to pin-point, but there are plenty of reasons to love the watch. Low maintenance with infrequent charging intervals, a relatively inexpensive price, cross-platform compatibility and a wide variety of apps are just a few reasons why people love Pebble. Now that the Pebble smartwatch has gathered steam, it’s going to be hard to slow it down.

Source: The Next Web

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • hurracayne

    I would like to own one of these. I just want to see it in person before I purchase.

    • McLovin

      I got mine and I love it. No more reaching for the to see who is calling, texting, emailing me.

  • Pete

    …but it uses e-ink. Great for reading outside but not much else!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Not sure I get that. It’s perfect for notifications and simple apps to interface with your phone and I only have to charge it once a week. I don’t need a second smartphone on my wrist.

    • God

      ….actually it uses Epaper not Eink :)

  • donger

    Nice, off to a great start.

  • Eastmanweb

    My Pebble is great. I have it linked to my iPad2 to control Stitcher radio and Pandora. I also have a surprisingly playable version of Space Invaders on it, as well as a game called “Fire!” which is well suited for the watch’s controls. There’s a version of Asteroids for it, but the controls are less intuitive. I can also confirm that iMessages works well with the watch. I downloaded all of the apps from here: http://www.mypebblefaces.com/

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  • NickEubanks

    This looks amazing. Anyone used/owned one of these yet?

  • SmartWatchBooks

    Like most tech these days, the Pebble smart watch doesn’t come with a manual, so the nearest thing is The (Unofficial) Pebble SmartWatch Book at http://smartwatchbooks.info/p/pebble.html

  • Joe Ackerman

    Check this watch out pretty cool!