Pebble

Wider color-screen Pebble leaks ahead of official unveil

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.

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

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.

Pebble planning new devices for 2015, undeterred by Apple Watch

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.

PayPal mobile payments app now available for the Pebble smartwatch

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.

Pebble smartwatches get new fitness features, cheaper prices

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.

Pebble recruits former webOS designers for next-gen smartwatches

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 webOS…

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

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…

Misfit unveils Pebble activity tracking app

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…

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

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…

Pebble iOS app is back on the App Store

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…

How to get turn by turn directions on Pebble watch

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…

Pebble gains official Evernote, eBay and Time Warner apps

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…