There are so many wearable devices already on the market, and many more soon to launch, it's becoming difficult to keep up. But all this enthusiasm among device makers for the wearables category misses the fact that there still aren't enough apps out there to really make wearables compelling for mainstream consumers.
Pebble, arguably the hottest smart watch on the market, is now accepting pre-orders for its high-end Pebble Steel smartwatch. The Pebble Steel, which will retail for $249, features the same e-paper display, a five-to-seven day battery life, and waterproof design. Pebble plans to start shipping the watch on Jan. 28.
The app store phenomenon, centered on smartphones and tablets, has been the biggest story in software for the past five years. Its next logical destination: the living room, via smart TVs and set-top boxes connected to the Internet. Smart TV apps would represent yet another threat to the struggling pay TV industry.
Venture capitalist Bill Gurley has long, good post on the shift from desktop to mobile, and what it means for startups. In the post, he raises an interesting point about Google's and Apple's app stores.