Pebble Says Existing Smartwatch Services Will Continue to Function Through 2017

Pebble has moved to reassure its customers that software and services will continue to run through 2017, following Fitbit's acquisition of the company last week.

Fitbit bought out Pebble for its software assets, not for its hardware, which has concerned many existing owners of Pebble smartwatches about the continued functionality of their devices. Today, however, Pebble sought to allay fears by confirming in a blog post that services would continue as normal for at least another year.

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Fitbit is going out of its way to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017. To be clear, no one on this freshly-formed team seeks to brick Pebble watches in active service. The Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, developer portal, and Pebble appstore are all elements of the Pebble ecosystem that will remain in service at this time.
Pebble said it has "seen a massive influx of community developers teaming up to keep the Pebble watch experience alive, long into the future," but as TechCrunch notes, what that means for third-party apps developed for the smartwatch remains unclear.

In addition, Pebble said that it was working on an update for release in the coming months that will ensure the normal operation of core Pebble functions, including Pebble Health, once the company's cloud services close down.

Tags: Pebble, Fitbit


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29 months ago
... but one week of battery life!
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29 months ago
the downside to the crazy reliance on "cloud services" these days..
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29 months ago
Bought a Pebble 2 a week before rumors of the acquisition and even wrote my own watch face for it. However, when Pebble confirmed the acquisition and the lack of info they provided on how their services would or would not continue in the future, I returned it back to Amazon.

There was no concrete information, and now with this newly posted information, any thing could happen after 2017; there was no point in keeping this device that might be pretty much useless after a year of ownership.
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29 months ago

... but one week of battery life!

The battery lasts longer than the support! :)
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29 months ago

... but one week of battery life!

52 charges remaining!
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29 months ago
Poof goes the cloud.
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29 months ago

Don't doubt it has a set of good features and am not holding a grudge against Fitbit (though they've missed a big opportunity to buy Pebble customer goodwill through this) - but the Blaze just doesn't look as good as the PT or PTS to my eyes :cool:

I agree! The Pebble Time Steel was really well designed! The closest watch to it is the Apple Watch.

The Fitbit Blaze is the closest to a smart watch and fitness tracker. Not that expensive either (via CEX).
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29 months ago
I developed a Pebble app (Volleyball Referee Timer) several years ago, and have updated it regularly. I actually know a bunch of referees that purchased a Pebble just to use my app. Now I need to consider writing a similar app for Apple Watch. It won't be the same. There were three huge advantages to the Pebble:
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* Physical buttons for the various timers.
* Long battery life (I'm skeptical that the Apple Watch could last for a long full-day tournament).
* Coding for the Pebble is simpler.

Here's hoping that FitBit does something worthwhile with the Pebble technology that they just bought! Maybe my app will be reincarnated on a future FitBit device.
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29 months ago
"Relax it's just a watch Jony" said Pebble a couple years back.. well now apple can say "relax, it's just bankruptcy"
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29 months ago

Fitbit Blaze - 5-7 days battery life. Notifications that actually work (unlike any Pebble I owned) and a color screen with very good fitness tracking built in.

As Apple Watch proves, always on screen is not required! There will be a point in the future when always on screens match the colour and quality of the Apple Watch. It's just not yet!

Pebble screen tech, a glimpse of the future!


Not buying a Fitbit. Or an Apple watch. Ignoring the cost and ugliness of the watch, does it even work with Android? That to me was another key point of the Pebble. It worked well on either platform.
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