Prior to the launch of Android Wear in June, the only quality option for a smartwatch was Pebble. The original and Steel models are affordable, capable, and feature excellent battery life. The emergence of Android Wear, though, caused many Pebble owners to feel outdated because Google’s platform runs on devices with color (and touch-enabled) displays with rich notifications. Luckily, the folks at Pebble figured out a way to deliver Android Wear notification compatibility to its smartwatches. Only available in beta version 2.3, can view and interact with Android app notifications as they would on Android Wear. The primary difference here is that Pebble does not have a touch display, so the buttons are to be used. Pebble says that this was made possible because how open Android’s notification system is.
Hit the break for the release notes and two videos demonstrating the changes.
Even though it does not run Android Wear, the Pebble smartwatch is an excellent choice. It does everything a device in its class should do and is very affordable. Right now, the Pebble smartwatch can be purchased in black or white colors for $79. The device normally costs $99, but eBay has it for $20 less. So one of the best smartwatches around is cheaper than before. There is an option from eBay to pick up the device from your local Best Buy at no extra cost. For some, that could be quicker than weighting for it to ship.
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Pebble announced this week that they are rolling out some major updates for their devices and the Android app for Pebble. On the device side of the house, Pebble is rolling out a firmware update that supports several new languages so that users can read their notifications and alerts in their native language. According to Pebble, 98% of their users can get their updates in their native language.
PayPal makes an effort to keep its service available on just about every device out there, and Pebble’s smartwatch is the latest in a long list of phones, tablets, and other connected things. The app lets Pebble users check-in and punch in payment codes to pay for things at several retailers that accept PayPal. You’ll also get notifications for payments without having to check your phone.
This app means PayPal is available on nearly any smartwatch you can buy, including Samsung’s Gear offerings, Android Wear watches, and now the Pebble.
Good news pizza lovers! If you own a Pebble smartwatch, you can now use the Domino’s Pizza Pebble app to follow your pizza from its birthplace to its new home.
It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”
Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).
WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.
We don’t know what Pebble has up their sleeve for their next smartwatch, but the company says the new watch (which should be out early next year) is going to be “more everything.” While that’s an incredibly vague PR statement that tells us absolutely nothing about the watch, they did clarify a little later.
The new Pebble smartwatch is aiming to be much more customizable than what you see today. Customers should expect more control over their watch over just metal or plastic, and the options should vary beyond just swappable wristbands. The big new development in tech is modular components, so there’s a possibility that we may some Project Ara-esque elements to the new Pebble smartwatch.
The Pebble smartwatch and its Steel companion are getting permanent drops in price to celebrate impressive growth since launching in 2013. The base model now costs just $99 and the Steel version is $199. Yesterday, these prices were reflected at Best Buy in what was originally believed to be a sale.
The device already has a presence online and in retail stores across the country, but you will start to see more of Pebble. Sam’s Club, Fry’s Electronics, and Sprint are all carrying Pebble. Outside of the United States, prospective buyers can expect the same amount of availability at new locations.
The Pebble smartwatches are still among the best available. Through Best Buy, you can pick up the base model or Pebble Steel at a discount. The base model is available in your choice of black, white, or red with a $99 price tag. This is down from $50. The Pebble Steel, available in black or silver with leather bands, has also been knocked down to $199. If the leather bands are not quite your taste, Best Buy has the metal bands for $19.
Let us know in the comments if you purchase a Pebble smartwatch with this deal.
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Pebble released a new update to its famous ageing smartwatch today filled to the brim with goodies.