Apple announced today that there developers have created more than 10,000 applications for its signature wearable device. To put this into context, there are at least 4,000 apps for Google’s Android Wear, 1,000 apps for the Pebble Smartwatch and also Samsung Gear devices. When the Apple opened up its App Store for the device, developers had created 3,000 apps — a big increase over the past five months.
At the company’s latest product event today in San Francisco, company chief executive Tim Cook touted the success of the Apple Watch: “It’s already changing [customers] daily lives and they love using it. They love how quick and easy it is to receive and respond to messages. they’re amazed at how Siri on the watch lets them do so much with their voice. With Apple Pay, customers are loving that they can purchase right from their wrist. And Apple Watch is helping users live a better day.” Apps can now display video, access hardware like the microphone, video, and sensors.