Pebble today announced a major step forward for the popular smartwatch with the arrival of a dedicated appstore in early 2014. Developers can begin submitting apps immediately, but it won't roll out to the general public until sometime in the new year.

When it launches in early 2014, the Pebble appstore will be a first-of-its-kind wearable tech application directory—giving Pebble users a one-stop-shop for searching, browsing, and installing Pebble watch faces and apps directly from the iOS or Android Pebble smartphone app

Apps will be split across a variety of categories, including Watchfaces, Daily, Remotes, Games, Notifications, Tools and utilities and Sports and fitness. Apps that still require an iOS or Android device counterpart will be allowed to link back to the respective app stores.

The news comes alongside the announcement of the Pebble SDK 2.0, which adds a number of new API's to the smartwatch:

The introduction of SDK 2.0 included four major new APIs—Javascript, Accelerometer, Data Logging, and Persistent Storage—and the response has been phenomenal. We know developers have excitedly anticipated submitting their SDK 2.0 Pebble apps to the Pebble app store.

As a Pebble owner, I'm really excited to see what the developer community can come up with to take it to the next level. With the recent updates that made it much, much better to use with an iPhone, there's a bright future for the e-paper smartwatch, and I for one can't wait to get stuck into the appstore next year. What are your thoughts? Does this make Pebble more desirable to you? Or if you're already an owner, what would you like to see the developers come up with?

Source: Pebble, Pebble Developer Blog