Apps for Heroes: CommandWear Pebble app keeps first responders heads-up and hands-free

First responders have one of the toughest, most critical jobs out there. Any chance Pebble gets to show love and support to these everyday heroes is a win in our book.

Paramedic + Pebble

Today we’re proud to share news that CommandWear—a platform for using technology to keep first responders heads-up and hands-free when out in the field—now integrates with Pebble and is live in our appstore for Android devices.

We love that CommandWear, like Pebble, is purpose-built to be truly useful for those who need it. During extensive testing with police, paramedics, and other first responders, CommandWear refined their app to make the best use of Pebble’s tactile, glanceable, durable, and fast design and interface.

“At festivals, concerts and other large public events, noise levels can be at a height where you can’t hear yourself think, let alone hear radio communications,” explained Rod Salem, Director of Emergency Management Operations at BC Ambulance. “We have tried a number of different products, such as headsets similar to what pilots wear. Although they solve the noise issue, they are cumbersome and not conducive to caring for patients in the field.”

First responders found Pebble’s wrist vibration gave them the ability to detect incoming messages that they would have missed on their radios or smart phones. It’s great to see emergency workers like Rod show love for this Pebble integration already, and look forward to more feedback as CommandWear becomes part of more safety agencies’ toolkits.

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Lights, Smartwatch, Action: Android Wear notifications come to Pebble (Release Notes)

UPDATE: The Pebble Android app (v2.3) with Android Wear compatibility is now out if Beta. Download it today on the Google Play Store.

 

Android Wear + Pebble

‘Tis the season for anticipation. We count down the days to gifts and good wishes, and we just can’t wait. We’ve been in the workshop ourselves, crafting something Android Pebblers will love unwrapping. Version 2.3 of our Android app gives Pebble the power to reply and act on notifications right from your watch. It’s Android Wear notification compatibility on Pebble, and it’s awesome.

Android users on our own team are super thrilled with what version 2.3 lets them do from their Pebbles. We’ve built actions that even Android Wear devices themselves don’t perform.

Reply to a Hangouts message with emoji? Thumbs up.

NOTE: A new update to the Hangouts app for Android requires downloading the Android Wear application to get replies working (even for Pebble—mawp).

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Bienvenue, Willkommen, and Bienvenida to new Pebble localizations (Release Notes)

UPDATE: This post has been revised to include release notes for Pebble’s Firmware (v2.8.1) and Android app (v2.2) updates.

Pebble in French, German, and Spanish

We’re flipping the switch on something that kept a low profile in Firmware 2.8, awaiting updates to Pebble’s iOS and Android apps. With version 2.6 for iOS (ready now) and 2.2.0 for Android (coming soon), we’re thrilled to make Pebble and its apps more multi-lingual than ever with international translation.

Pebble app, now in French, German, and Spanish

Today brings full French, German, and Spanish support to Pebble’s interfaces, making the Pebble experience even more enjoyable for native speakers of those languages.

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A world of increíble Pebble updates: Firmware, Android, and iOS (Release Notes)

It’s tough to put into words just how much we love Pebblers all over the world…

We love you, Pebblers!

“Máme vás rádi!” “Við elskum þig!” “Kochamy cię!”

…but it’s safe to say making Pebble more awesome with each and every update is a great place to start. Today, we’ve got love to share on three fronts: Firmware, Android, and iOS. The Android app update will be a phased roll-out: available today to 10% of Pebblers who visit the Google Play Store, with access expanding over the next couple weeks. Pebblers can also join our Beta Channel for early access to test releases of the Pebble Android app. 

Firmware v2.8: Multi-language Notifications

Firmware 2.8 adds full character support for the broadest set of languages to date. For Pebblers who receive notifications in the newly supported languages, special characters like “ß” and “Ż” will appear correctly, as opposed to showing up as “unknown character” boxes. Over 98% of Pebblers in the world can now fully receive messages and alerts in their native language. Today’s update paves the way for more languages to come in the future, as Pebble steadily lands in more countries around the world. 

Notifications in 80 languages

To test out Pebble’s newly-supported characters, try sending yourself the following message after updating to 2.8: ÑÔ møŕě bòxĕš fōř ėïġĥťý ŀæńģūåĝęş!

No more boxes in eighty languages!
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ESPN for Pebble Has Landed: Bring Sports Scores to Your Smartwatch

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ESPN for Pebble

Heaven for any sports fan is a comfy couch, a big screen with the game on, unlimited hot wings, and all the free time in the world. Sadly, real life—work, errands, dance recitals, the DMV—loves to burst that happy bubble. There’s no shortage of stuff vying for our attention, pulling us away from enjoying the wide world of sports.

Even with DVRs and live-streaming, it’s impossible for sports junkies to keep tabs on all the teams, games, and league matchups we care about. There’s this insane stretch from November to February where you’ll catch me juggling between countless college football, NFL, NBA, and college basketball games every week. During this ugly (and awesome) time of year, there’s no peeling me off the couch: productivity nosedives, relationships suffer, and my belly grows.

Thanks to the ESPN Pebble smartwatch app, these dark days are over.

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Endomondo’s Social Fitness Comes to the Pebble appstore

We’re excited to welcome Endomondo to the Pebble appstore, available today for iOS users, with Android integration later this year. The new Pebble app lets you start, pause, or stop workouts right from your wrist while letting you select from configurable stats like distance, heart rate, and duration. The Endomondo app also vibrates your Pebble for each mile or kilometer completed, and briefly displays a performance summary for the workout in progress.

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Skip on Over to the Latest Pebble Firmware + iOS App (Release Notes)

Howdy, Pebblers!

The Team is happy to report two over-the-air updates we made available today: a Pebble firmware (v2.3) update for all Pebblers and an update to the Pebble iOS app (v.2.2.2) for those rocking Apple devices.

Aside from improved Bluetooth LE connectivity and the usual slate of stability improvements, the new firmware also adds notification skipping with a double-click.

This new feature lets you quickly jump to the next notification if the current one you’re viewing requires scrolling to see all the content. As before, if the notification you’re viewing is short and displays entirely on your Pebble, a single click is all it takes to go to the next one. To try out notification skipping for yourself:

  1. Update your Pebble to Firmware 2.3.
  2. Go to the Notifications app on your Pebble.
  3. Select a notification from your History, and click away!

The latest Pebble iOS App (v2.2.2) is a minor update, enabling more JavaScript apps to be available in the Pebble appstore. Pebble apps included in this latest bundle will be fully downloadable, and no longer say “Coming Soon” for iOS Pebblers.

Full release notes below.

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Turn It Up for the New Pebble Firmware + iOS App Updates (Release Notes)

UPDATE: Post has been revised to clarify new capabilities introduced in the Pebble iOS App, v 2.2 and adds notes for what’s new in v 2.2.1.

Team Pebble is excited to debut two new features that give you deeper control over your Pebble’s App Menu and Music controls.

With the latest version (v2.2) of the Pebble Firmware released today, Pebblers can now take the items in the Launcher Menu and re-order them as they see fit.

Simply press and hold the Select button while in the Launcher to begin sorting a menu item. Once it starts shaking, you can move it up and down the list as you like!

Today’s firmware update also gives Pebblers new control over their music. You can finally control the volume! It’s been a long time since we first demoed volume control in the Pebble Music app back in the day (our iOS Engineer, Martijn, looks so young!), so we’re really glad to be bringing this feature onboard.

For iOS Pebblers, getting Volume Control to work also requires updating to the latest Pebble iOS App, released last week. As of this writing, the Pebble Firmware update has only just been made public. It may take time for what’s new to appear for you.

  1. To update your Pebble firmware, open your current Pebble smartphone app.
  2. To update your Pebble iOS app, visit the iTunes app store.

We hope you enjoy what’s new. Please keep us posted on Twitter, Facebook, or contact us directly about what you’d like to see next!

Full release notes below.

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Hacking with Pebble

Spark + Pebble = Building the Internet of Things at Maker Faire Bay Area (Updated)

UPDATE: If you’re in the Bay Area and want to demo a cool Pebble hardware hack you’ve built, tell us about your project! Your Maker Faire ticket will be paid by Team Pebble if we select your hack.

Pebble was born from hacking. Back in 2008, Eric plugged a Nokia phone display and Bluetooth radio into an Arduino board and our first prototype came to life. Hacking is part of Pebble’s DNA, and is reflected today in the awesome apps made by Pebble developers using our SDK — from flying an AR Drone to controlling a Tesla. That’s why you’ll find Pebble at Maker Faire Bay Area on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Event Center.

Pebble and Spark

Come hack with Pebble + Spark at Maker Faire Bay Area, 17–18 May!

But we’re not doing it alone. We’re sharing a booth with the wonderful folks at Spark, makers of the Spark Core — a tiny, Arduino-compatible WiFi development board. The Spark team created an easy-to-use product that allows anyone to connect everyday electronics to the internet over WiFi. We have a lot in common, from our Kickstarter beginnings and passion for hacking to our open platforms and strong developer communities.

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UPDATED: Pebble Android App v2.0.15.4 Available Now (Release Notes)

Update: This post is been revised to reflect the availability of the Android Pebble App v2.0.15.4.

The latest version of the Pebble Android app (v2.0.15.4) is now free to download on the Google Play Store, bringing with it some bug fixes and an alert when trying to download apps that are incompatible with the latest Pebble firmware.

Pebble App on Google Play

As of this writing, the updates have only just been made public. It may take time for what’s new to appear for you. To update your Pebble Android app, visit the Google Play store.

We hope you enjoy what’s new. Please keep us posted on Twitter, Facebook, or contact us directly about what you’d like to see next!

Full release notes below.
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