Our homes are all getting a bit smarter, but there are still barriers from stopping this whole 'Internet of Things' movement becoming truly a thing. Take the Philips Hue lights for example - yep, it's great having a rainbow of colours options at our fingertips, but always having to have your phone to hand to turn them on and off is far from ideal. That's where Huebble comes in, packing all the best features of the Hue mobile app into Pebble form. letting you switch on/off your bulbs, quickly jumping to your favourite presets and cycling through all the available colours and brightness options.
iOS and Android | Free | Huebble app for Pebble
We've stuck with the Pebble on our wrists for over a year now, and that's down to apps like this. It might not be the prettiest – Pebble apps in general are quite challenged, aesthetically – but it's functional and useful. Our music comes pretty much solely from a Sonos system and Kronos acts as a remote. You can change tracks, alter the volume and queue up the next tune, while there's access to your all your available zones. The only downside we can find is that you have to switch over to the Kronos mobile app too, it is available for both iOS and Android, as this is what starts the connection between your watch and the system.
iOS and Android | £2.29/$2.99 US/$3.79 AUS | Kronos app for Pebble
We did mention Misfit's app earlier on in this round-up as a way of doing all sorts of fitness-band-type activity tracking on your Pebble, but it's not our only go-to app when we hit the gym. AeroTracker uses the GPS on your phone to accurately track run time, distance and speed, amongst others, while unlike Misfit, it's not restricted to a single app for beaming back data. So whether you use Strava, RunKeeper or Dailymite, all your data will be backed up. There's also support for Android, a feature Misfit is lacking, and a mode that turns the Pebble into a heart rate monitor, though the accuracy is nowhere near that of a dedicated unit.
Android | £1.19/$1.99/$2.01 AUS | Aerotracker Pro for Pebble
Two-Step authentication is becoming more and more popular, especially with growing fears about privacy and just how secure our accounts actually are. But, it does that add an extra bit of time to log-in to your email account or cloud service. Pebble Auth cuts the time down, creating a two-factor authentication code right on the watch, ditching the need to pull out your smartphone. It works with multiple services and we had success using it for all the confirmed ones, including Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Amazon.
iOS and Android | Free | PebbleAuth for Pebble
Easily one of the most useful apps installed on our Pebble, Dashboard is a bit like the quick settings panel on Android devices, giving you direct access to functions like WiFi, Bluetooth and volume. We use it to quickly mute our phone in a meeting or glance at the remaining battery life, without taking it out of our pocket. A particularly handy feature for the clumsy folk amongst us is the 'Find Phone' sound, which pings your device with shrill beep when you're not sure where you left it. Some of the deeper features do require you to root your Android device, but the simpler ones are open to all.
Android | Free | Dashboard
Readers, we'll be looking to update this feature soon. Which Pebble apps would YOU recommend for inclusion? Enlighten us below…