The darling of the wearable computing market has so far been the Kickstarter-funded Pebble smartwatch. The hardware is only part of the story at Pebble, though. Pebble’s software platform has played host to native apps as well as several companion apps on iOS and Android. Today, Pebble is launching its Pebble SDK 2.0, putting four new APIs in the hands of developers.
In addition to the new SDK, Pebble is also announcing full integration with iOS 7, including full access to the Notification Center. Apple worked to make iOS 7 more friendly to Bluetooth accessories, and the result is that any update that can be shown in Notification Center can now appear on your Pebble, too.
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We’re fully expecting to be bombarded with wearables at CES 2014, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see some new hardware coming from established names. With high return rates being reported for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, now seems like a perfect time for Pebble to bolster its developer resources. Wearables won’t explode in the market until the right use case is found, and making that case will require a software solution.