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Pebble unveils Steel smartwatch, app store


Pebble has delivered on its promise of massive CES information – the corporate is launching the Pebble Metal and an app retailer. Plus, extra companions have come on board to strengthen cool new issues with Pebble. The Pebble Metal, because the identify suggests, is a greatwatch with a metallic physique and is much higher having a look than its predecessor.

Seems apart, the Metal will likely be utterly appropriate with the present Pebble and all apps that work with it.

The Pebble Metal is manufactured from solid and CNC-machined chrome steel in two variations – brushed metallic and matte black.. The matte black model makes use of a course of known as Bodily Vapor Deposition, which has been utilized by luxurious phone maker Vertu.

The top class really feel of the brand new goodwatch is greater by means of two wrists straps so one can are available each and every field, one steel and one black leather-based, bringing the entire quantity combos to 4. Different hardware modifications embody Gorilla glass with anti-fingerprint coating and an RGB LED charging indicator.

Instead of that, it’s nearly the identical sensiblewatch with an e-paper display, nice battery existence and 5 ATM water resistance. Even the button placement is similar, although buttons at the moment are product of steel.

Pre-orders for the Pebble Metal start nowadays at getpebble.com. The price is set at $250 ($100 over the plastic model) and the watches will start shipping on January 28.

While the screen could have been a bit bigger or higher resolution, it’s still good to see that the Steel maintains compatibility with all the apps developed for the current model. Better yet, Pebble is launching an app store, a “centralized location for users to discover, manage and install apps and watch faces.”

The app store will open its virtual doors by the end of the month and will offers apps and watch faces in several categories, including a special category of curated content. Devs who want their apps to make it into the curated section should submit them by January 9 (this Thursday).

Besides developers at large, big name partners MercedesBenz, Pandora and ESPN have joined current partners Yelp, Foursquare, GoPro and iControl. They will be presenting cool new apps at CES.

Don’t forget to read our review of the Pebble for important points on the performance.