While we’re still waiting for our Pebble smart watch to be built and shipped (who knew grey would be so unpopular?) the team behind the successful Kickstarter campaign is hard at work bringing developer support to the fold. Slated for April, the company has announced its first foray into third-party dev support with a Pebble Watchface SDK.
According to the Pebble team, the watch was designed to be used with third-party apps, but rather than rush a half-baked experience to market, they wanted to release a fully-formed product first, with developer support coming later. Pebble founder, Eric Migicovsky, said about the SDK: “During the 2nd week of April, we’ll be releasing a proof-of-concept watchface SDK. It’s a work in progress, and there’s a 99% chance that we’re going to be changing a lot of the APIs…but it’s an important first step towards shifting our focus towards supporting developers. I know we have communicated very poorly to developers up until this point, but we hope that you’ll understand how important it was for us and for Pebble as a platform to have the initial release of the hardware go well.”
Next week, Pebble will also release a firmware update to change up the way that watchfaces are selected. The change is based on user feedback and code optimizations.