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Pebble Steel gets a price cut if you don't want the metal band

Down to $229 in black and stainless options with leather strap only A quick heads up for potential Pebble Steel buyers that it has received a bit of a price cut. Or at least it has if you can live without the metal band. With just the leather band in the box you can now grab a Pebble Steel in...
Wrist-First: This is Pebble

Wrist-First: This is Pebble

"The smartwatch kind of snuck up on us." I'm sitting with Eric Migicovsky in his office in Palo Alto. Even seated he towers over me, which might help explain his extraordinary vision. Or maybe he’s just that far ahead of the rest of us. Earlier attempts at making watches smarter, everything from...
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Pebble 2.0 finally available for Android

New app is still a bit rough around the edges but includes the all-important Pebble appstore Pebble today has finally updated its Android application to version 2.0. Most important, perhaps, is that the updated app and firmware — which is v2.0.1., actually — means apps built with the Pebble SDK...
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Pebble has sold over 400,000 watches in a year, and it isn't slowing down now

Company is focused on creating a better product, not playing catch-up with Google Pebble has really set the scene as the leading smartwatch offering throughout 2013, and now sales numbers help reaffirm that. Since January 2013, Pebble has sold over 400,000 devices, and that barely takes into...
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Pebble Steel first look: Our favorite smartwatch, sophisticated

Metal, leather and tweaked hardware add a bit of class (and $100) to the Pebble smartwatch Put the Pebble smartwatch next to any of its major competitors from the past year, and this much is clear: Metal trumps plastic when it comes to sophistication. We've known it. Pebble's known it. And now...
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Pebble Steel retail unboxing and hands-on

Behold, the Pebble Steel, retail version. We're still not big on unboxings around here. But, damn it, when a company puts a little effort into it, we'll suck it up. Pebble Steel comes in a box about twice the size of the original Pebble. And there's a good reason for that — Pebble Steel is...
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Pebble tells us why we still don't have the new 2.0 app and appstore

Android's Pebble 2.0 app lagging behind is a matter of resources There has been a good bit of outcry about Pebble releasing their new version — and their appstore — on iOS before Android, and even more that we still haven't seen the official version of the app in Google Play. Lead software...
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Original Pebble smartwatch now available at Target for $149

A quick heads up, folks, that you can now buy the original Pebble smartwatch at Target for $149. This is the classic plastic model, and it's available in red, black or white. (In fact, white's a Target exclusive for now.) [Target]

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A quick heads up, folks, that you can now buy the original Pebble smartwatch at Target for $149. This is the classic plastic model, and it's available in red, black or white. (In fact, white's a Target exclusive for now.) [Target]

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Pebble has really set the scene as the leading smartwatch offering throughout 2013, and now sales numbers help reaffirm that. Since January 2013, Pebble has sold over 400,000 devices, and that barely takes into account the availability of the higher-end Pebble Steel. Based on some rough math that means Pebble has pulled in around $60 million in revenues for the year, and that's nothing to sneeze at for a company that got its big chance with a Kickstarter campaign.

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A quick heads up for potential Pebble Steel buyers that it has received a bit of a price cut. Or at least it has if you can live without the metal band. With just the leather band in the box you can now grab a Pebble Steel in black or stainless for $229. It's only $20 less, but a saving is a saving.

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A quick heads up for you folks glancing at your Pebble smartwatch today with a bit of unease (it's OK to admit it) — there's a firmware update waiting for you. Pebble said the small point increase (we're up to 2.0.2 from 2.0.1) fixes an issue some folks had installing the firmware. So it's a firmware update to fix a firmware update. Anyhoo — head into your Pebble 2.0 app, then go to support, then go to "Check for updates." Then update. Done.

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16 Pebble Steels and a $5000 grand prize are up for grabs in the next few weeks

Pebble has finally released its new Android app and accompanying 2.0 firmware for the Pebble watch, which brings a new design and features but most notably an all-encompasing appstore for the device. To help kickstart development of Pebble apps submitted to the formal appstore, Pebble is kicking off an official App Challenge with $9000 in prizes available for a handful of apps that show off their quality.

From now until March 23rd, developers can submit their new or existing apps to the challenge if they are built to interact with the latest SDK 2.0 features and are available in the appstore. From the 24th to the 27th, you can then vote on the official challenge website for your favorite apps, narrowing down the group to just 16 top-notch entries. Each of the 16 developers will be given a new Pebble Steel for their effort, and be entered into a head-to-head battle for the grand prize.

A bracket will place the apps head-to-head for voting from the public, narrowing down the options until just one app remains. The developer who comes out on top of the entire challenge will walk away with $5000 for their effort. Not a bad deal for making a Pebble app, and all Pebble users will benefit from the increased engagement around the appstore. If you're interested in participating as a developer or a voter, hit the source link for the full details

Source: Pebble

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A quick heads up, folks, that the official Pebble app got an update Saturday evening to address a couple of major bugs.

Here's the changelog:

  • Stability improvements throughout the app
  • Fix issue in which users were stuck at "Starting installation..." during setup

We wouldn't go so far to say that the app's now what we'd expect from Pebble — it's still way more sluggish and a little unwieldy than we'd like. But these are good fixes, and a step in the right direction.

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New app is still a bit rough around the edges but includes the all-important Pebble appstore

Pebble today has finally updated its Android application to version 2.0.

Most important, perhaps, is that the updated app and firmware — which is v2.0.1., actually — means apps built with the Pebble SDK 2.0 will now work on your watch. And just slightly behind that is the Pebble appstore, which brings things under one roof — apps and watchfaces are all in one place now. 

Here's the full, official changelog:

  • Browse, find, and install watchapps and watchfaces for Pebble. 
  • Discover new and most popular watchapps by category: notifications, fitness, daily use, tools & utilities, remotes, and games. 
  • Watchapp locker: conveniently store your favorite Pebble watchapps when not in use. 
  • Receive notifications when software updates for Pebble are ready to install. 
  • Supports Pebble watchapps built with SDK 2.0, including the new JavaScript API. 
  • Troubleshoot issues and make suggestions right from the app.

In addition, Pebble today announced three new partner apps — eBay, Evernote and Time Warner Cable

And if you haven't visited yet, be sure to hit up our newly-launched sibling site SmartwatchFans.com, where they're covering the Pebble and Pebble Steel in full force.​

More: Pebble blog; Thanks, Harrison!

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Stability said to be improved 'considerably'

The folks at Pebble have pushed out an update for the Android beta app, and it looks like a lot of the kinks have been addressed. Usually, we see a list of changes followed by an equally long list of issues, but this time around there is only one known issue remaining.

Changes:

  • PebbleKit JS localStorage is now sandboxed for each app
  • Many improvements to onboarding and FW installation
  • Issues with sideloading apps in some circumstances have been fixed
  • Some issues with loading JS configuration views after the app has been quit have been addressed
  • JavaScript app logs printed via ADB are cleaner
  • MyPebble now loads faster

Known issue:

  • Pairing a Pebble during onboarding may not succeed. If you run into problems, exit the Pebble app. Remove the pairing entry from Android BT settings & your Pebble. Then pair manually using BT settings.

You'll need to uninstall version 10 before you install this one, and any javascript-based apps will need manually reinstalled. Developers, and those of us who live on the edge, go grab it.

Source: Pebble Developers Blog

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Work on the Pebble 2.0 app for Android continues, with Beta 10 dropping for developers this afternoon. Here's what's good:

  • Improvements to speed in MyPebble
  • Improvements to connection stability (this fixes the appmessage getting stuck bug)
  • Improvements to power use
  • Installing apps via websockets will now auto launch them
  • Improvements to JavaScript launch in many conditions, such as when the watch just lost connection to the phone
  • Improvements to pairing during onboarding

And here's what still needs some work:

  • Still some issues in onboarding
  • HTML5 localStorage gets shared between apps.
  • The onboarding process will restart if you enable Accessibility. Workaround: Do not enable accessibility in the onboarding process.
  • If you are upgrading from a pre-2.0 firmware, you will need to first upgrade your watch to 1.14. Upgrading from earlier version is not fully supported at the moment. (To upgrade your Pebble firmware, please use the Pebble 1.9.6 app available in Google Play).

You'll be installing firmware version 2.0.1 as well, so there's that. This is still bleeding-edge stuff, so we won't look down on anyone who wants to wait it out.

 More: Pebble Developer Blog

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Android's Pebble 2.0 app lagging behind is a matter of resources

There has been a good bit of outcry about Pebble releasing their new version — and their appstore — on iOS before Android, and even more that we still haven't seen the official version of the app in Google Play.

Lead software engineer from Pebble Kean Wong took the the blog to tell us why, and what they're doing to rectify the situation.

The reason why the Android version of the 2.0 Pebble app has lagged the iOS version is fundamentally pretty simple – it has purely been a matter of resources. In order to ship a high quality, reliable Android experience that will work for many thousands of users across the myriad of devices and operating systems, we need engineers working on the Android app who are both fantastic engineers and great Android developers.

Make no mistake — we're talking about some complicated and intricate code here. Not only do the developers have to make a product that works as well or better than the previous Android app did, but they have to worry about app versions, automatic upgrading for watch apps and watch faces, and users who may not be tech-savvy if things go wrong. I do not envy these guys.

The current beta version of the Pebble 2.0 app is available for those brave souls who want to try it out. We're using it, and can tell you that it's not even close to ready yet. Trust us when we say you do not want this to be released to the general public, and it's very much still a developer preview. We love the new functionality, but when lots of little things go wrong it makes for a poor experience that normal users won't want. Pebble is wise to hold this back.

The good news is that Pebble is actively looking for Android engineers and developers — ones with the right credentials who can back it up with results. Those folks are few and far between, because most are already employed elsewhere because of the high demand for quality Android coders. 

This is a situation that will correct itself, but only after a lot of hard work and long nights. While we all want the latest and greatest for our Pebble, sometimes it's better to wait.

Source: Pebble Blog

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Behold, the Pebble Steel, retail version. We're still not big on unboxings around here. But, damn it, when a company puts a little effort into it, we'll suck it up.

Pebble Steel comes in a box about twice the size of the original Pebble. And there's a good reason for that — Pebble Steel is transported on a billowy, cushiony cloud. As a $250 smartwatch should be. The leather strap came attached, and you'll find the steel links (I went for stainless) behind the first-level flap, which helpfully points you to start out at go.getpebble.com. And beneath that you'll find the new proprietary charging cable. 

The only thing missing, really, is any explanation of how to swap out the bands. You're on your own for that. And if you're like me, you're going to need some help with it.

I'll have some more thoughts on Pebble Steel once we've got more time with it on our wrist — and, more important, once the Pebble appstore is official available on Android. For now, make do with some pics after the break.

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Bugs are still present, but development is moving towards a general release

We already know that a general release of the new Pebble app for Android that includes the new appstore is on its way, but it's available to try out now provided you have a developer account. Pebble has just posted the new Android app — version 2.0-BETA8 — on its developer site to give devs a head start on making sure their apps interact properly with the appstore, but there are still a good number of bugs left to squash.

This is definitely still a beta release, with issues pairing your Pebble, installing apps and configuring them once they're installed. The promise is that this updated app will be ready for release to the general public "very, very soon," but it's hard to do tell from the state of the current developers-only build when that may be. 

Source: Pebble

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This is where you'll get all your Pebble apps, watchfaces and other downloads. But for now, we wait.

More: Pebble Blog; Smartwatch Fans

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Bigger is always better, and when it come to software nobody likes to wait

You have a finely-tooled Android smartphone, which you keep on the bleeding edge of all things software. It's nothing for you to grab a USB cable and start flashing things on a moments notice. You will have the most up-to-date Android device possible, no matter what hoops are needing jumped through. You're among friends here.

What if you also have a Pebble to go along with your sleek Android sex machine? Did you know it's just as easy to keep things updated to the latest and greatest there, too? There are even beta builds to flash! Follow along.

  • You need to install the beta version of the Pebble app on your Android. Grab it from Pebble right here.
  • Install it as normal. It will overwrite the Google Play store version so you only have one instance installed.
  • Next, you need to download the 2.0 release candidate firmware for your Pebble. To do this, you'll need an account at the Pebble Developer site. I find it easiest to do this from a computer and put the file in Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • Once you're registered and signed in, you can start downloading. If your Pebble serial number starts with a Q, download this file. If your Pebble serial number starts with a numeral, download this file. If you have a Pebble Steel, download this file.
  • Make sure your Pebble app can see your Pebble, and open the firmware you downloaded to your phone. It will open with the Pebble app and the rest is pretty magical.

If you get stuck, or things break, going back is easy. Uninstall the beta Pebble app from your phone. Put the Pebble in a recovery mode by pressing back, up and select for 30 seconds (you'll see "loading ...") and go through the regular setup to go back to the latest stable build.

While this is mostly for folks developing Pebble apps to worry about, the new firmware seems stable and it's so easy to flash that you almost have to try it.

Source: Pebble Developers

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We're halfway into a new era for the Pebble smartwatch. Pebble Steel starts shipping today, bringing an updated (and more sophisticated) version of the smartwatch to our wrists. It's available in either matte black or stainless steel, with links or a leather strap — and it's damned nice.

While we're still waiting on the updated Android app and the Pebble App Store, our pals at Smartwatch Fans have the lowdown with their own Pebble Steel review. Give it a look-see.

More: Read the Pebble Steel review at Smartwatch Fans

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Enticed by the new Pebble Steel? Us too. The all-new design is a step up from the previous generation, giving the Pebble a more refined and high-end look. Available in Black Matte and Brushed Stainless, the Pebble Steel features Gorilla Glass, and anti-fingerprint coating and comes with both a metal band and black leather strap.

They're available now for pre-order but if you're on the fence about picking one up, we're running a contest right now and you have not just one — but THREE chances to win. We've got all the Pebble Steel news you could want and more, so head over to Smartwatch Fans for all the details on how to win a Pebble Steel to call your very own.

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Metal, leather and tweaked hardware add a bit of class (and $100) to the Pebble smartwatch

Put the Pebble smartwatch next to any of its major competitors from the past year, and this much is clear: Metal trumps plastic when it comes to sophistication. We've known it. Pebble's known it.

And now it's doing something about it.

Pebble today is unveiling Pebble Steel — a classed-up metal version of its previously plastic and rubber watch. It's available today for preorder from getpebble.com, ships starting Jan. 28 in mid February,  and costs $249 — a $100 premium over the (now) basic Pebble.

Last month, we spent a day at the Pebble offices in California, getting to know the smartwatch, as well as the folks who make it. Today, we bring you our first look at Pebble Steel.

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We've gotten our first look at the new Pebble Steel — and now it's your turn. Available in either brushed stainless or matte black, Pebble Steel addresses what was one of our main complaints (and to be fair, we haven't had many) about the original Pebble — plastic just lacks the sophistication of metal. 

So Pebble Steel is your dad's smartwatch. Better materials, better bands. Same e-paper display, same water-resistance, same excellent extensibility. 

After the break, we present a gallery of Pebble's latest and greatest, the $249 Pebble Steel.

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Pebble is here in Las Vegas for CES, and while there's no actual live press event, there will be an announcement, and it will be broadcast live for everyone to enjoy. We don't know exactly what will be there, but the livestream information does hint at news on the Pebble appstore and some brand new apps that will soon be available on the smartwatch. 

The whole thing kicks off at 11 a.m. PST – that's 2 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. UK – and can be viewed from the video up top. While you're waiting, be sure to stop by our CES hub for all the latest!

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You're about to get a deluge of wearables news this week from CES in Las Vegas. And that includes something Monday from Pebble, the Kickstarter darling that has one of the more affordable smartwatches currently available. (And, what's more, it's cross-platform as well.)

We spent the day with Pebble a few weeks ago to get inside the company, and perhaps get a feel for what's next.

Peep the video above, and be sure to read the full feature, "Wrist First: This is Pebble." Then head on over to our newest sister site, Smartwatch Fans, and say hello!

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