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Appy New Year!

Hi again! It’s a new year, in an old house, with more technology I’ll never understand. But amidst all the chaos of the seasons changing, AWS being unfathomable to me, and Alexx Reed being about 50% smarter of a lyricist than I’ll ever understand all the references to, I have exciting news, and that is: for the first time in over a year, there is a brand new app for Pebbles in a Pebble app store!

If you’ve been following along on Reddit or on Discord (shoutouts to our loyal fans!), you might have heard that Wowfunhappy has recently written an RSS reader app for Pebble. This is really cool in a lot of ways – he did a bang-up job on the UI for it, and people on Reddit are already finding great uses for it, enabling things that they weren’t previously able to do on their Pebbles (like check work schedules that came as RSS feeds). And, of course, he released it entirely as open source software, which definitely speaks to me.

The fact that it’s a cool project I think is a great reason to highlight it here. But the reason I wanted to tell you about this is that this also marks a milestone of the first time we’ve added a new app to the Rebble App Store since the very first time we imported the Pebble App Store’s contents. I spent a few hours last week working with Jonathan to get this all set up, and I’m pleased to announce that the Rebble App Store is (mostly) open for submissions! Here’s some directions for how to do that, if you’ve got some Pebble apps burning a hole in your hard disk, or if you’re ready for the creative juices to start flowing. The process is a little janky right now, but I’m definitely happy to help however I can – and there are lots of us in #app-dev on Discord ready to answer questions!

It’s a new day in Pebble app development. Let’s see what you’ve got – here’s wishing all of us Rebblers an appy new year!