Fitbit could launch its own app store for future smartwatches

Fitbit's yet-to-be-announced app platform is going to be based on software assets acquired from Pebble late 2016.

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Highlights

    • Fitbit new smartwatch arriving soon
    • It will accompany a new app store
    • It will be based on Pebble SDK acquired last year

Fitbit is gearing up to launch a new app store along with its upcoming smartwatch, a new report claims citing the company’s chief executive officer James Park amid reports Fitbit is facing challenges to build third-party app experience. Park told folks at The Verge Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch is going to have an app platform in addition to an app gallery.

Park has confirmed Fitbit will roll out a software development kit (SDK) upon launching its upcoming smartwatch. The company’s yet-to-be-announced app platform, however, is going to be based on software assets acquired from Pebble late 2016. Although Fitbit’s initial roll out of the SDK will be limited to select apps and partners, it will be available eventually to all developers.

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Fitbit Surge shown in three colour options

The report further quotes Fitbit software engineers as saying developers will find it easier to build iOS and Android-compatible apps using a new, JavaScript-based software development kit, which at the time of acquisition was in its early days. Now that Fitbit appears to be firm with its software roadmap, the Pebble deal makes a lot more sense than ever before.

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Few other key details include simplicity with regards to a process, which includes both building apps at developers’ end and reviewing them at the company’s. Fitbit will also let developers share customised with a select group of people like friends and family members. It is worth pointing out third-party apps will be listed in app gallery in its existing mobile app.

However, Fitbit has not revealed much with regards to a release timeline of its upcoming smartwatch. Park has stated music is an essential part of the fitness experience amid previous reports the watchmaker failed to rope in Spotify as an initial launch partner for the device.