Possibly making it the most successful smartwatch company to date, Pebble sold its 1 millionth watch on December 31, 2014. Showing astronomical success from its widely acclaimed inception in 2012 having funded its Kickstarter campaign with over $10 million, Pebble reported they already had sold 400,000 smartwatches in March of 2014.
Just last week Apple announced that it would start shipping its smartwatch this April. Manufacturers of smartwatches running Android Wear will probably launch upgraded and new versions of their smartwatches this year. Motorola (an Android Wear partner) is offering a $35 discount off a $249.99 purchase; the Moto 360 with a leather band costs $249.99.
Last year, Pebble dropped the price of its smartwatch to $99; Pebble Steel now costs $199. And I’m sure that more discounts and upgrades will come.
Just last week, Pebble announced the launch of a web-based emulator onto CloudPebble (it’s cloud environment) where developers can program and test apps without the need of installing any programs onto their computer. Pebble has built a community of 25K developers who contribute to its platform globally. It also runs over 6000 apps developed by companies including, Evernote, Paypal, Dominos Pizza, and ESPN. And Pebble doesn’t share the battery life issues Apple Watch has reportedly been suffering. Pebble’s battery lasts 5 to 7 days.