Pebble 2.0: The first eight apps to download to your new watch
Pebble 2.0 is now available in the iTunes app store for iPhone users (Android coming soon) bringing a host of new tricks to the popular smartwatch.
We've browsed through the 1,000s of apps and watch faces now available to bring you what we think are eight great apps to get you started. With so many apps available you'll know if there are any specific apps that suit your needs, but these should give you a good wide selection to start you off.
Just eight apps
The new Pebble 2.0 app on iOS limits you to eight apps on the smartwatch at any time. You can have more in your "locker" but only ever eight on the Pebble itself and that includes watch faces. Some apps, like Runkeeper, will require you to have the Runkeeper app also installed on your phone, but many work with the watch alone.
One of the annoyances of the first Pebble watch is that unless you download a specific watch face that features the battery information, finding out how much juice you have left before you need to recharge is virtually impossible. Battery life fixes that by displaying the battery life of your Pebble watch on the screen so you can see if you are about to run out or not.
This app taps into a range of different bits of information and displays it on screen as it happens. That might be the weather in your location, stock prices for your favourite companies, or a specific note you want to remember. You can add dozens of "cards" including RSS feeds, sunrise and sunset info, as well as Google Calendar appointments.
If you use Foursquare this is one for you. The app lets you check in at the press of button from the watch saving you getting out your phone and having to load up the dedicated app. Now you get to become Major of your local coffee shop without even looking as if you are trying.
The Pebble Yelp app lets you access the entire Yelp directory on your wrist. Once loaded you can either look through nearby places via categories like Restaurants or Nightlife, or shake your wrist to get a pot luck suggestion. Once you've picked somewhere you can then read a selection of reviews to give you an idea of whether the place you've just walked into is the best place this side of "Amazing" or a complete dive.
If you are longing to play Snake rather than the latest and greatest on your iPhone, Falldown is simple but will keep you entertained if your phone battery has died. The idea is you control a ball that you need to drop down through holes in the floor. Fail to do so and you die. Simple, but addictive.
Get today's or a five-day weather forecast for wherever you happen to be or a n other city if you set it through the app before hand. The information is basic, but for those who need to know what the weather will be like in the morning, very handy.
91 Dub v2.0
There are hundreds of watch faces with everything from cartoon characters to things that are more subdued. The one that's caught our eye, especially as someone who grew up in the 80s, is 91 Dub v2.0. It resembles a retro digital Timex watch from your memories complete with flashing blinking colon. You can even set it to vibrate on the hour every hour if you like too.
Boardgame fans will love this one. It's an app that shows a dice that when you shake your wrist rolls the dice and vibrates at the same time. If dice isn't up your street you can also get an app that lets you flip a coin. Yep, it doesn't all have to be serious restaurant recommendations and weather reports.
Bonus - Huebble
I know we said eight apps, but if you've got Hue you'll love this one. This app turns your watch into a remote control letting you control your lights at the press of a button. Huebble is just one example of how you'll see app developers (this is by a third party rather than Philips) use the Pebble to control things. LG TV owners can get an app too, and there are even third-party apps that will let you control Sonos as well. A watch is not longer just for telling the time anymore.