The fate of many Pebble smartwatches and software services have been uncertain, as no one really knew what exactly would happen after Fitbit acquired the company. Now, in a post to the Pebble Blog, we’re learning that Fitbit is committed to keeping Pebble software and services running until the end of 2017.
Details after the break.
While Fitbit will be working on keeping those services active until the end of 2017, one thing they’re doing for Pebble owners in the meantime is future-proofing the software.
Here’s the full statement from the Pebble Blog:
“Fitbit is going out of its way to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017. To be clear, no one on this freshly-formed team seeks to brick Pebble watches in active service. The Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, developer portal, and Pebble appstore are all elements of the Pebble ecosystem that will remain in service at this time. Pebble developers are welcome to keep creating and updating apps. Pebble users are free to keep enjoying their watches.
Our first action to preserve the Pebble experience far into the future will be to update our mobile apps, loosening their dependency on a patchwork of cloud services (authentication, analytics, app locker, etc.). Expect this update in the coming months. The mobile app updates will ensure the operation of core Pebble functions, even with cloud services discontinued—they won’t break functionality.”
That’s the core of Fitbit’s goal right now: to work on an update that would ensure that the functionality of Pebble smartwatches would continue operating as normally as possible when cloud services are discontinued at the end of 2017.
Right now, they have an idea of how this will happen, but not necessarily a set-in-stone plan. For instance, regarding Pebble “Smart” features, the team at Fitbit is “currently evaluating Pebble features dependent on third-party services” to see how long those third-party reliant services can continue working. This includes things like messaging, dictation and the weather.
With that in mind, we’ll probably get a more detailed update in the coming weeks or months.
source: Pebble Blog