Pebble smartwatch takes aim at Target shoppers

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Expanding the network of retailers offering the Pebble smart watch, Pebble has announced Target will be carrying the devices for $149.99. As part of a special promotion, Target will be the exclusive retailer for the Arctic White version of the smart watch for a limited time. Jet Black and Cherry Red versions of the device will also be available.

In making their announcement about availability at Target, Pebble highlights some ways the smart watch can be used to help “Pebblers” stay fit. These include apps like the Couch to 5K running app or the 7-Minute Workout app.

If you are interested in a Pebble, you can head on down to the closest Target location or visit them online at target.com to place an order.

source: Pebble

Music Boss now supports control of Chromecast volume and playback from your Pebble smartwatch

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Music Boss allows you to control the playback of the various media apps on your Android device directly from your Pebble or Pebble Steel smartwatch. That said, you can add you favorite media/audio apps to Music Boss and then control a media app via your smartwatch such as play/pause, adjust volume, go to next track and much more.

In addition, you can also launch and switch the media apps on your Android device via your Pebble smartwatch without having to touch your Android device. But that’s not all, the app recently received an update that brings a host of new features. Now you can easily control the volume and playback of your Chromecast media right from your Pebble. » Read the rest

Pebble sold 400,000 devices last year, ready for the Android Wear onslaught

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While Google garnered a lot of attention earlier this week with the release of Android Wear for wearable devices, especially smart watches, one company is a bit of an “old hand” in the smart watch category. Pebble is coming off a successful 2013 that saw them sell over 400,000 smart watches and they expect revenues to double in 2014. Despite this success, Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky knows Google’s entry into the market is a potential game changer and will force his company to be “laser-focused on creating the very best user experiences we can.” » Read the rest

Pebble Steel gets price cut to $229 if you don’t want a metal band

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If you’re thinking about buying a Pebble Steel, you might want to consider the version without a metal band. The leather band watch, in both black and stainless steel are currently on sale for $229. That’s a $20 discount from its normal price. They’re currently on back-order for  few weeks, but if you’re interested, head to the source link below and order one that’ll ship as soon as it’s available.

Source: Pebble

Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

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Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

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Pebble 2.0 for Android now available

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The Pebble app store has been available in beta since last month, however today Pebble released version 2.0 of its app that brings a handful of new features.

Upon installing the new firmware, Pebble watch users will recognize that the user interface has been completely re-designed and given a new touch. Users can now easily browse the store and download apps and watchfaces, keep track of their favorite application with Watchapp locker and a list of prior notifications will be stored on your Pebble.

Pebble 2.0 finally improves the Pebble experience and relieves users of having to manually find and install watch apps. To get the latest version of Pebble, head to the Play Store now and download it.

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Pebble Android beta app updated with huge improvements

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Pebble just updated their Android beta app to version 11, which promises to be a huge improvement over Beta 10. Beta 11 will improve stability considerably among other things. Here’s the rundown of improvements….

  • 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

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Flappy Bird port Tiny Bird for Pebble rises

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While Flappy Bird may be dead on the Android and iOS smartphone and tablet platforms, at least “officially,” that is not stopping those who hope to capitalize on the craze or those players who must get their fix. A new port of the game, called Tiny Bird, has surfaced for Pebble smartwatch devices. To make it work on the Pebble form factor, developer Stuart Ha had to scale it down to only 144×168 dimensions and go with a monochrome graphics package. Since the Pebble does not have a touchscreen, the other challenge was figuring out how to flap the wings. That is achieved by repeatedly pressing on the up button.

This may not sound like it would produce the best gameplay experience. Fortunately for Ha, the game is really simplistic so it is able to overcome the hardware restrictions. Players clamoring for access to Flappy Bird or a clone will likely overlook the hardware limitations as well, which would explain why it has already skyrocketed up to the number one spot in the Pebble app store. Meanwhile, demand for Pebble smartwatches could be getting a bump about now.

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