Smartphone meets smartwatch? Pebble e-paper watch apps are on the rise
Pebble e-paper watches are hardly ubiquitous, but the $150 devices, which work in concert with smartphone apps to deliver data to the watch, might see a lot more demand as more apps take advantage of their technology.
Already, a handful of apps are interfacing with Pebble to provide a unique smartphone-to-watch experience. On the Android side of things, RunKeeper and FreeCaddie stand out among the pack as delivering interesting content to Pebble.
All about the apps
The RunKeeper (free) app helps users monitor runs and measure performance over a prolonged period of time. It uses the Android’s built in GPS to track run data and users can share their activity with friends by posting their stats via Facebook and Twitter. Friends can even watch live maps of runs as they occur. Being able to see that information on a watch screen instead of having to pull out your phone is a huge bonus.
FreeCaddie ($4.95) tracks distances to the front, center and back of the green while also providing distances to bunkers, hazards and more. It also measures shot length. And all of this information can be made available on your Pebble watch. Although, as FreeCaddie is not a free app, you’ll need to pick up an Android gift card via a store like Target, where you’ll also get 2 percent Cash Back on your purchase.
While iPhone fanatics also have access to RunKeeper, they should also take a look at RadarClock. The $0.99 app shows information like the time down to the second, the month, day and year and battery level all on one screen. But why take out your iPhone to see that when you can look at your Pebble watch? Seems much simpler to me. You can purchase this app with the help of an iTunes gift card, the sort you can purchase at numerous retailers including Best Buy.
Admittedly, the lineup for Pebble-supported apps is incredibly small right now, with only FreeCaddie officially in the fold, but with some extra support the two-way street between smartphone and smartwatch could become worth investing in for even the most casual of mobile users.