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Pebble’s Next Step

NOTE: This post has been updated to clarify refund timing for eligible backers receiving pledge reimbursements from Kickstarter.

Dear Pebblers,

Thank you all for being such loyal supporters and champions of the Pebble community and brand. You helped start something fantastic when you backed our first Kickstarter project (and shout-out to the first inPulse users). Since then, we’ve shipped over 2 million Pebbles around the world!

However—due to various factors—Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity. We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices. This news has several major implications, and we hope to answer as many questions as possible here, in Kickstarter Update #17, and on our Support site.

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What you need to know

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Pebble Core = More Awesome with Amazon Alexa Expansion in the UK and Germany

“Alexa, is your Pebble Core integration available anywhere new?”

Today, thanks to our friends at Amazon, those in the UK and Germany can enjoy Alexa’s voice-enabled skills when Pebble Core starts shipping in 2017.

Pebble Core + Alexa

Amazon Alexa is a powerful, cloud-based service that makes everyday tasks a breeze with simple voice commands. Alexa has only gotten smarter and more useful with time, and its expansion into the UK and Germany is amazing news for folks in that region excited for Pebble Core.

Our engineering team is already building Alexa Voice Services (AVS) into Pebble Core, using Amazon’s Alexa Skill Kit (ASK). ASK makes up the tools developers use to expand what Alexa-enabled devices can do, from controlling smart home devices to telling you funny jokes.

“Voice integration has opened up countless opportunities for wearables, and it’s great to see Amazon bring the Alexa Skill Kit and Alexa Voice Services to developers in even more markets around the globe,” said Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble. “At Pebble, we’re big fans of Alexa, and we’re excited to be working with Amazon to bring Alexa to Pebble Core, not only in the US, but now in the UK and Germany as well.”

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#WhatsAppening: July 4–17

Pebble’s all about keeping you on the go, saving you time by taking your phone out less. In this installment of #WhatsAppening we’re highlighting some apps to help you keep the phone in your pocket and still get things done.

Daily Stats for MyFitnessPal by Phil Christopherson | Download »

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Pebble Time Smartstraps We Love

If our Time-Series watches were peanut butter, then smartstraps are the jelly: sweet extras that make things more awesome. Smartstrap accessories give Pebble Time new powers with technology embedded in the band.

Check out two emerging projects we’re supporting on Kickstarter.

Pagaré: Secure, Wireless Payments

Your watch becomes your wallet with Pagaré by FitPay. The wireless payment smartstrap is secure, fast, and easy. Pay with a wave and go. Works with Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round (20mm).

Support Pagaré on Kickstarter »

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A Gift for Every Pebbler: Introducing Pebble Health and Firmware 3.8 (Release Notes)

Pebble Health

We’re thrilled to share some fantastic updates to Pebble’s software and smartphone apps today, with something for every Pebbler to enjoy. On top of bringing timeline to Pebble Classic and Steel, Pebble Health makes its debut on our Pebble Time lineup. It’s a brand new, fully native activity tracking experience with timeline integration.

Pebble Health: A Friendly, Seamless Approach to Fitness Tracking

Pebble health

Developed in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University, Pebble Health tracks your daily activity and automatically detects your sleep phases. Its seamless integration with timeline makes your day’s stats and insights conveniently glanceable and accessible. Wake up to a timeline pin reviewing how much you slept. Wrap up the day with a report of your step count. Getting started with Pebble Health is a breeze. Simply update your Pebble smartphone app and watch to the latest versions and you’re good to go!

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Voice2Timeline app

New API and Updates Expand Nuance Voice Recognition to More Pebble Users (Release Notes)

You speak and we listen 🙂

Today, we’re giving Pebble developers the keys to unlocking awesome voice-powered apps for all Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round users. Powered by Nuance, our new Dictation API makes Pebble apps that use voice recognition from the wrist possible. From keeping in touch hands-free to controlling smart homes and connected cars, the possibilities are endless. We’re excited to see what developers build with this sweet new tool.

The voice features from apps using our API can be enjoyed by all users—iPhone or Android—with a compatible Pebble smartwatch. Since Pebble Time users on Android already enjoy sending quick voice replies, we’re glad that those on iOS will soon enjoy voice-recognition apps as well.

 

Get started with the Pebble SDK and Dictation API »

Read more on the Nuance blog »
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Pebble Time Firmware updated to version 3.3 (Release Notes)

Pebble Time relationship bars.

Relationship bars between timeline events (left to right): overlapping, back-to-back, and free time in between.

Pebble Time and Time Steel users can enjoy a fresh update to their watches today with the release of Firmware v3.3. Full release notes below.

Aside from the usual bug fixes and stability improvements, we’ve added relationship bars to the timeline layout. These bars appear between items on timeline, giving you a better sense of how events in your day relate to each other.

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#WhatsAppening: 7–13 Aug

What’s Appening, Pebblers?

On our end, quite a bit! Before bidding sayonara for the weekend, take some cool new apps for a spin—your smartwatch will thank you:

Stopwatch by Pebble | Download »

Stopwatch by Pebble

Welcome to the first official Pebble stopwatch, with support for recording up to 20 laps. Press Select to start/pause timing, Up to save a lap time, and Down to reset and clear recorded times.


Timer by Pebble | Download »

Create countdowns on the fly! Our new Timer app can handle up to eight saved timers and will run in the background, if you like. Watch your timers count down in either a list or watchface view, where fizzy water drains down to empty when you hit zero.


Max My Fitness Dog | Download »

Max My Fitness Dog for Pebble

Have you ever had a cuter personal trainer? Max is a Pebble Pup with pep: an all-in-one virtual pet, activity tracker, and coach. Max will count your steps and activity, encouraging you to move and shake throughout the day for goodies you can share to keep Max happy. Props to Handy Games for a great new way to keep fit with Pebble!


Give this week’s selections a try and tell us what you think. Got any other appstore faves you’d like to tell us about? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Reddit.

Until next time!

Pebble Apps of the Week (17–23 Apr)

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Apps are what make Pebble awesome. Ever since introducing our first smartwatch to the world, developers have used Pebble as a launchpad for doing fun, useful, and delightful things—right from your wrist. Our developer tools encourage people to give Pebble new features and capabilities that weren’t there before and share these apps with the community to enjoy. When our developer community wants Pebble to do something new, they build it!

Even better, Pebblers love working together. When one Pebbler needed help with an app to help manage the after effects of a stroke, the community banded together to craft an app that would help her out.

Apps are Pebble’s foundation—they’re the soul that gives your smartwatch life. With so many apps to choose from, we decided to do some soul-searching for those hidden gems.

Take a peek at what we found.

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Chinese support is coming to Pebble ✌️

Chinese on Pebble

Chinese language support brings Simplified or Traditional Chinese to Pebble’s apps notifications!

It’s an exciting day for Chinese-reading Pebblers and fans. Starting now, Pebble’s operating system and notifications will feature simplified and traditional Chinese language support, thanks to the Beta program going live today.

Activating Chinese language support for any Pebble is easy:

  1. Make sure your Pebble’s firmware has been updated to version 2.9.
  2. Have the Pebble Android app (v2.3+) or the Pebble iOS app (v2.5+) installed on your smartphone.
  3. Set your Pebble’s language to Chinese (Simplified or Traditional) on your Pebble app in Menu » Settings » Current Language » Selected Language.
  4. For more help updating your Pebble or Pebble apps for Chinese language integration, visit our help page here.

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