New Pebble countdonw timer

Whether it’s the Apple Watch effect or part of Pebble’s annual product pipeline, but California-based Pebble Devices, Corp. refreshed its website this morning with a nice countdown timer which possibly teases a new smartwatch model coming next Tuesday, February 23, 2015.

The announcement is scheduled at 7am PT, 10am ET.

Pebble seems undeterred by the highly anticipated Apple Watch launch in April.

Company CEO Eric Migicovsky told The Verge a little more than two weeks ago that new hardware products are in tow for 2015.

A thinner form factor is likely to be expected, as is the inclusion of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication. According to sources familiar with Pebble’s roadmap, the new device(s) won’t include heart rate sensors like the Apple Watch, or NFC for mobile payments as the company sharpens focus on QR-enabled apps.

It will be interesting seeing whether the next-generation Pebble is outfitted with a color display, as opposed to its existing monochromatic, high-contrast e-ink screen.

Based on Migicovsky’s previous comments, it doesn’t seem that the display will be touch-enabled. A refreshed software powering the device is highly likely given the firm recruited former webOS designers to advance the Pebble OS.

New sensors shouldn’t be expected because “the wrist is not the best spot on the body to receive all those signals,” according to Migicovsky.

Instead, he alluded to the Pebble continuing to function as the display “for all these different sensors in your life” that you have inside your other devices, including your smartphone and specialized fitness and health trackers that you wear.

Pebble, which supports online payments via a dedicated PayPal app, hopes to battle Apple, Google and others by implementing a new type of interaction and a whole new style of hardware and software.

“You’ll actually interact with the watch in a completely different way than you do today,” Migicovsky said. He wouldn’t specify what this new type of watch metaphor might be other than saying he didn’t believe the app store model is the right approach to smartwatch customization and extensibility.

“We’ve found a new framework to use as an interaction model on the watch,” he told The Verge. “It doesn’t look like what we have today, and it doesn’t look like what’s on your smartphone.”

Commenting on Apple’s Watch, which launches in April, the CEO remarked, “I’m looking forward to this next step in the tradeoff between how useful it is and how complicated it is to use.”

Earlier this month, the wearable company announced hitting the 1 million smartwatch milestone, drawing parallels between its achievement and Apple’s iPod launch.

“Pebble sold one million smartwatches after its first seven quarters,” they said. “Apple sold 977K iPods after its first seven quarters.”

Source: Pebble

  • Manor

    Will the revamped OS reach the original pebble?

    • Niclas

      I’m guessing; no.

  • citrus

    Adding color to the operating system would be a trade off on its own… decreased battery life right from the get-go. My best guess is that there might be a larger Pebble to compete with both upcoming Apple Watch models.

  • Fanboy 

    Happy with mine 😀 if this would have released sooner with more features I would have bought it but might as well wait for Apple Watch at this point.

    • Montgomery Tyler

      what kind of strap you have on there

      • Fanboy 

        A black stainless steel mesh strap bracelet

    • @dongiuj

      Excuse me. What does it say about pebble in the last and second from last paragraphs? What’s that? “Smartwatch”? Ah, I see.

      • Jeffrey

        What’s your point?

      • @dongiuj

        Don’t worry, Fanboy knows the point.

      • Jeffrey

        Arighty then

      • Cameron

        Just drop it? I see your avatar is a Ferrari logo, ok yes you must own a Ferrari. Maybe that’s why you always think you deserve to be right.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        BANG!

    • ProSzakal Aszakal

      My pebble also stil good 🙂
      And smartwatch + from cydia is must have…

  • Chris McFaul

    next tuesday is the 24th.. not the 23rd as stated in the article

  • Chindavon

    With deeper black levels.

  • Ethan Gill

    The Pebble has had Bluetooth LE (4.0) support since SDK 2.0, and both current models utilize it, at least with iOS.

  • Andrew

    Got my Pebble Steel for Christmas this year, and I love it. This new watch better not be awesome, or I’ll seem ungrateful! :p

  • Dan

    If it looks more like a ‘real’ watch, I may very well get it. Hopefully they keep the e-ink display, or the battery life will go down. If they add a heart rate sensor like the fitbit, would be great.

    • John

      Unlike the fitbit, hopefully they will integrate HealthKit into it.