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Pebble introduces Health API for developers, adds custom canned replies

Pebble is pushing out an update that enables some new functionality for its recently-announced Health app, as well as improvements to replying to messages from your wrist. First up is a new Health API that allows developers to hook related information into their watchfaces and apps. Additionally, Health has become more accurate in tracking your data, and it now gives you the option to show your step distance in kilometers.

You can now reply to incoming calls on Android with an SMS, sending a voice note, emoji or custom message instead of answering the phone call. If you are looking to start a new conversation, you can use the new Send Text app for Android to do so. A full list of the changes in this update include:

Pebble Time Firmware 3.9 Release Notes

  • Pebble Health tracking is now more accurate and can show distance in kilometers. Toggle settings from the Pebble Time smartphone app.
  • Support for apps and watchfaces showing activity data from the Pebble Health API.
  • Incoming MMS messages now show descriptive icons and any text included.
  • Speed improvements for Pebble Time and Time Steel, including snappier animations from Pebble Time Round.
  • Improved Watch-Only Mode: keep your Pebble functioning as a watch for a few more hours when the battery is critically low. Alarms, the backlight, and softer vibration remain while Bluetooth and activity tracking shut off to save power. Improved low battery warnings based on time left with power instead of percentage remaining.
  • Ура, дождались! Cyrillic characters are now supported in notifications and alerts. Enable from the Pebble Time smartphone app: Menu » Settings » Watch Language » Selected Language.
  • Under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements.

Pebble Time App for Android 3.9.0 Release Notes

  • NEW Reply to call with SMS: Can't answer? No problemo. Send a voice note, emoji, or custom message instead.
  • NEW Send Text App for Time-series watches: Start a convo from your wrist! Send a voice note, emoji, or custom message to recent or favorite contacts.
  • NEW Toggle Pebble Health settings between miles or kilometers (requires a Time-series watch running Firmware 3.9 or higher).
  • Under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements.

You can download the latest update by heading in to your Pebble Time app and checking for the update.

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5 Comments
  • Nice! My Pebble gets more and more useful. Pretty excited for the update. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, Pebble is awesome. This Watch had nearly the same functionality as Android Wear at this point! Posted via my Nexus 6
  • It really does. The interface may not be nearly as slick, but I can wear it all week on the road without having to take a Qi charger with me.
  • Ugly watch Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am seriously loving this watch now. So pleased to see these great updates. Major productivity upgrade here.