Pebble is in trouble

By Sébastien Page on May 20, 2015

No, I don’t mean Pebble is in trouble because the most obvious choice when looking to buy a smartwatch is now Apple Watch. Pebble is in trouble because despite the incredible success of its latest Kickstarter campaign, the company is having a hard time, financially speaking. Read More

 

Pebble unveils Time Steel edition with upgradeable leather and stainless steel bands

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2015

After announcing new Pebble Time models featuring a color e-paper screen, built-in mic, an enhanced software and other improvements last week, Pebble Technology today took the wraps off a higher-end Time Steel model. Featureing a face made of machined stainless steel protected by Gorilla Glass, the Steel supports two watch straps, one made of leather and another of stainless steel.

Compared to the regular Pebble Time, the Steel model is one millimeter thicker and has 10 days’ worth of battery life. By comparison, the Time has a weeklong battery. The Steel edition will be available in three metallic finishes: silver, gold and black. Read More

 

Pebble Time unveiled: e-paper color screen, mic, weeklong battery, revamped Timeline UI and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

As expected, Pebble Technology on Tuesday took the wraps off its next-generation smartwatch. It’s called Pebble Time and the biggest news about it is its brand new e-paper color screen, a stark change from the monochromatic e-paper screen of the original Pebble.

The device is also thinner than the previous models, has an on-board microphone, runs a redesigned Timeline interface while offering a few other goodies. Read More

 

Wider color-screen Pebble leaks ahead of official unveil

By Jake Smith on Feb 23, 2015

An image of what is likely to be the next-generation Pebble smartwatch has been found on the company’s servers, ahead of its official unveiling on Tuesday.

Though specific details weren’t shared in the leak, it can be gathered the next-generation Pebble has a color screen and larger bezels, along with protruding buttons that were found on the original version. Read More

 

Next-gen Pebbles likely unveiling next Tuesday: thinner, revamped OS, Bluetooth 4.0 and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

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. Read More

 

Pebble planning new devices for 2015, undeterred by Apple Watch

By Jake Smith on Feb 2, 2015

Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky has revealed the wearable company has plans for new hardware products in 2015, undeterred by the highly-anticipated launch of the Apple Watch in April.

In an interview with The Verge, Migicovsky also said Pebble is planning software that is quite different from what’s currently found on the wearable for its new devices in 2015. Read More

 

PayPal mobile payments app now available for the Pebble smartwatch

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

PayPal has announced that its popular mobile payments app is now available for the Pebble smartwatch. In a blog post, first spotted by VentureBeat, the company said that owners can now pay for goods and services at select locations using their Pebble, linked to their PayPal account.

Users can make PayPal payments using one of two methods: by checking into a store using the PayPal app, or by providing the store with an auto-generated payment code. Both ways require that the particular location support PayPal payments, and the latter requires special POS hardware. Read More

 

Pebble smartwatches get new fitness features, cheaper prices

By Cody Lee on Sep 30, 2014

Pebble today announced that it is releasing an update for all of its Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches to add new features. The two devices are now capable of tracking a wearer’s footsteps and sleep activity in the background, fulfilling a long time request by users.

Pebble says that these new capabilities won’t have a major impact on battery life, and added that it is extending its fitness partnerships with new apps from Jawbone and Swim.com. The team is also opening up its activity tracking features to other 3rd party developers. Read More

 

Pebble recruits former webOS designers for next-gen smartwatches

By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2014

Despite its experience and notoriety, Pebble faces some serious competition in the smartwatch business. Major tech companies like Samsung and Google are stepping up their offerings, longtime watch veterans are getting involved, and who knows what Apple has planned.

With that in mind, Pebble has recruited some significant talent to help it forge its next generation of its smartwatches. According to a report from The Verge, the company has picked up two designers from LG, who were instrumental in creating webOS TV, as well as webOSRead More

 

Pebble 2.3 firmware now live with notification skipping with a double-click

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Nearly a month into its most recent firmware update which has brought out a much-needed music volume control and Launcher item ordering, the maker of the Pebble smartwatch on Tuesday issued another firmware update while refreshing its companion iOS app with smaller changes.

The Pebble 2.3 software update brings improved Bluetooth performance and, more importantly, enables the ability to quickly skip to the next notification by double clicking, in addition to other tweaks… Read More

 

Misfit unveils Pebble activity tracking app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2014

Kickstarter-funded smartwatch maker Pebble has teamed up with another young startup, Misfit, on an activity tracking application for the Pebble smartwatch that doesn’t require a dedicated tracking accessory or a smartphone to function.

Of course, the new Misfit Pebble app also talks to the official Misfit for iPhone software, which will be updated soon with support for setting your activity goals via the Pebble, tracking progress and more.

Pebble says it’s “the first milestone in an ongoing partnership,” but stopped short of specifying what other goals the arrangement with Misfit might entail… Read More

 

New Pebble firmware enables music volume control, Launcher item ordering and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2014

Pebble released a new firmware for its smartwatch line that enables two new features dealing with the App Menu and music playback controls, alongside a few other minor improvements.

The new 2.2 firmware finally enables the volume control for music playback, something the company first demoed in the Pebble Music app months ago.

In addition to music controls, the software makes it easy to rearrange the items in the Launcher Menu.

The refreshed firmware is available through Pebble’s companion iPhone app, available free in the App Store and updated to the latest version last week… Read More

 

Pebble iOS app is back on the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 3, 2014

Smartwatch maker Pebble recently issued an update to its companion iOS app, but was quickly forced to pull the software over a fatal flaw that broke the Bluetooth connection between the smartwatch and the iPhone, rendering your Pebble non-functional.

As developers fixed the issue, the Pebble app has just been re-released on the App Store.

Available now free of charge, Pebble version 2.1.1 fixes issue with the previous version while introducing new watchfaces and a couple new features.

Jump past the fold to learn more… Read More

 

How to get turn by turn directions on Pebble watch

By Sébastien Page on Mar 23, 2014

I was very reluctant to get a Pebble but I have to admit that finally purchasing one a couple months or so ago is probably the best decision I’ve made in a while. If you listen to Let’s Talk iOS or Let’s Talk Jailbreak, then you probably already know that I am now a complete Pebble convert. Well, that is at least until Apple comes up with its own wearable, because as it is, the Pebble is extremely limited with what you can do.

Getting directions on your Pebble for example is something that I was anticipating before buying the smartwatch, but as it turned out, the alternatives that are available in the App Store are so bad, that I couldn’t believe someone hadn’t figured out how to get turn by turn directions on the Pebble the right way. Then I had a breakthrough… Read More

 

Pebble gains official Evernote, eBay and Time Warner apps

By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2014

Last month, Pebble launched its dedicated smartwatch app store with over 1,000 apps and watch faces. Few of the apps were noteworthy, but the company promised that it was working on landing titles from high profile developers.

And today it made good on that promise, as its launched 3 new smartwatch apps from well-known tech giants. Pebble owners can now access their eBay and Evernote accounts, as well as their TWC equipment, right from their wrists… Read More

 

How to play a Flappy Bird clone on the Pebble Smartwatch

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 10, 2014

Flappy Bird continues to be all the rage even after it was removed from the App Store. In fact, it’s so popular that a Flappy Bird clone named Tiny Bird was created for the diminutive Pebble Smartwatch. The gameplay is much the same, although it is significantly less forgiving than the game that inspired it (if you can believe that).

Inside I’ll show you how to get Tiny Bird on your Pebble watch. And yes, I even have video of my embarrassing hands-on gameplay. Read More

 

Pebble launches smartwatch app store with over 1,000 apps and watch faces

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2014

As promised back in December, Pebble launched its dedicated app store today. The store, which can be accessed via the official Pebble iOS app, features over 1000 apps and watch faces that can be installed on the company’s line of smartwatches.

Like other app stores, the Pebble Shop pulls together all third-party apps developed for the Pebble and organizes them into categories like Fitness, Notifications and Games. This makes it easier to browse through existing apps and discover new ones… Read More

 

How to invoke Siri from the Pebble Smartwatch

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2014

Great news for all of your Pebble Smartwatch owners: PebbleSiri and the Smartwatch+ jailbreak app has been updated to work with iOS 7. This means that you can now invoke Siri from your Pebble Smartwatch without touching your iPhone.

iPhone plugged into an outlet across the room, but want to set an alarm? No problem, just press the Siri button on your Pebble Smartwatch to invoke Siri and start dictating your commands. PebbleSiri is an absolute must have jailbreak tweak for Pebble Smartwatch owners, because it lessens the friction between the end user and Siri. Read More

 

Pebble Profiles: suppress Pebble notifications while your iPhone is unlocked

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2014

If you’re a Pebble Smartwatch wearer, then you are probably already quite familiar with the device’s idiosyncrasies. As I stated in my review of the device, I like my Pebble, but it’s definitely got a few opportunities for improvement.

One of the more glaring issues is solved by a recently released jailbreak tweak dubbed Pebble Profiles. This tweak suppresses notifications on the Pebble when your iPhone is unlocked. The end result is a great reduction of duplicate, and hence redundant, notifications. Take a look at our video inside for a demonstration of how it works. Read More

 

CES 2014: Pebble announces next-generation ‘Pebble Steel’ smartwatch

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2014

For weeks, Pebble has been hinting that it had a big announcement coming up at CES, and today it finally let the cat out of the bag. The smartwatch-maker unveiled its next generation wearable, the Pebble Steel, with an all-new band and face design.

The Steel features a stainless steel body with a leather or steel band—a huge upgrade from the plastic used in the previous model— and a face covered with Gorilla Glass. The new Pebble is lighter, and has a thinner profile thanks to slimmer bezels… Read More

 
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