Pebble offers Health app improvements, expanded messaging

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Pebble has released a series of updates for every smartwatch in the Pebble family, including additions to the Health app that make it better than ever.

Late last year, Pebble unveiled Pebble Health to the world, an app for its range of wearables that aims to help users keep fit and stay active. Pebble Health works hand-in-hand with Pebble Timeline and is able to offer personalized advice on improving sleeping patterns and general health based entirely on movement.

Pebble Health can also be integrated with Google Fit and Apple Health, two more big players in the wearable health app sector.

The application’s latest update to Firmware 3.9 means that Pebble smartwatches now support Health-enabled watch faces, set to arrive on the Pebble app store. On top of that, Health’s makers say the app is now ‘more accurate overall’ and supports the option to show step distance in kilometers.

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Away from the Pebble Health side of things, the group has also announced updates to other features. Incoming MMS messages now show descriptive icons and any text included, and the Pebble Time and Time Steel have been treated to some speed improvements.

An improved Watch-Only mode keeps Pebble’s smartwatches chugging along for longer when the battery is running low and ‘under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements’ are bundled in too.

The Pebble Time app for Android now stars a new Reply to call with SMS feature, which means smartwatch owners can reply quickly to texts with a voice note, emoji or custom message.

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