All companies arrive at a point where they streamline and refine their software, taking out duplicate software that has been integrated with other apps and adding new software that meets an unmet need up until that point. Note-taking app company Evernote has decided to do the same, removing its Evernote for Pebble app and referring users to Powernoter. This is the official message from the company:
As part of our promise to focus on improving the core Evernote experience, we are ending support for several of these standalone apps:
• Skitch for Windows, Windows Touch, iOS, Android (Note: We will continue to offer and support Skitch for Mac)
• Evernote Clearly
• Evernote for Pebble
Specifically this means that as of today, we will no longer be making updates to these apps and as of January 22, they’ll no longer be available for download.
Evernote says that the Evernote for Pebble app will still work, even in January, but it won’t be available for download after January 22nd (so make sure you download it in advance).
Powernoter is an app that allows you to search your Evernotes by voice command, but the app itself isn’t affiliated with smartwatch maker Pebble. Apparently, Pebble has decided to defer to an app developer whose app is more popular on the company’s wearable platform. There are many manufacturers whose native apps aren’t as developed as those of app developers, and more advanced manufacturers tend to defer to app developers because they have more time to devote to their specific apps (as opposed to manufacturers who must oversee their entire platform).
Pebble users, what do you think? Is this a good move for Evernote, or do you think Evernote should maintain its standalone Pebble app while continuing its competition with Powernoter on the Pebble platform?