White Pebbles Shipping + OS v1.12 + Watchapps + Best Buy

White Pebbles now shipping

At long last, white Pebbles are shipping! We have begun the process for the first batch, which will reach about half of the waiting Backers. More will follow soon as we complete production of white Pebbles. The last of the grey Pebbles are also shipping, bringing us very close to completing delivery of all Kickstarter backed Pebbles!

If you backed a black, red or orange Pebble on Kickstarter and your order status is not yet at Stage 3 “Processing Shipment”, please email us with the subject of ‘KS Still Waiting’ so that we can look into it and make sure your Pebble gets to you. Any information you can provide regarding your order will help us investigate more quickly.

If you are in Germany and have not yet received your Pebble, we are getting close to resolution with the German Authorities. As soon as we have more information, we will email you directly with details about what to expect next.

Pebble OS v1.12

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/SnCFinkle/status/351796648139173890

Updated firmware was released yesterday (Canada Day!) with a few new features and bugfixes:

What’s new

  • The backlight now turns on momentarily when a charger is connected.
  • Goodies for watchapp developers that will be unlocked when the new version of PebbleKit is released.

What we fixed:

  • Subject/sender cutoff in notifications with long subjects/senders.
  • The motion backlight from sporadically not working.
  • Factory reset to disable the QC app and perform the reset.
  • Long click release after changing the action bar icon.
  • Presentation of some graphics.

New Watchapps

Pebble watchapp developers continue to deliver amazing creations to the Pebble community. You can always find the latest app buzz on our forums and onreddit.com/r/pebble, but here are a couple highlights.

The watchface generator keeps getting better and now offers the option to make analog watchfaces, too! http://www.watchface-generator.de/

httpebble (iOS) + Watchfaces lets Pebble communicate with the internet and bring back location specific data to your wrist. The 91 Weather app is a beautiful example. Note that iOS users may want to use the ‘old’ 91 Weather version. Created by rfrcarvalho.

Photo credit https://twitter.com/_neckbeard/status/350706377301323776

Best Buy

We announced today that Jet Black Pebbles will be available at Best Buy stores throughout the US later this week and can be ordered online now atbestbuy.com/pebble. Cherry Red Pebbles will follow in August.

Distribution has been a large task for us and partnering with Best Buy provides an outlet to help us get Pebble onto wrists more quickly while allowing our small team to focus on software and feature improvements for current and future Pebblers.

We will continue shipping pre-orders in the US and around the world in all Pebble colors. Additional details can be found on our forum post: https://forums.getpebble.com/discussion/6235/it-s-pebble-time-at-best-buy/p1

This marks a big step for Pebble and we’re excited to see people connect with Pebbles more quickly. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

Thanks as always and Pebble-on!

Team Pebble

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Pebble OS 1.11 + Orange/Grey Shipping + 2-way Apps + Germany

Pebble OS 1.11

We’ve released an updated firmware with a few new features and bugfixes:

  • Multiple notifications can now be viewed if they arrive within a short timeframe.
  • Fix for vibration getting stuck ‘on’.
  • UI changes for Date & Time menu.
  • Option to show current speed (different than current pace) added in the Sports API.
  • Next and previous track buttons swapped in the music control application.
  • Power consumption fix for some Bluetooth connections.
  • Improvements to presentation of clipped text and graphics.
  • Fuzzy Time watchface is no longer installed by default and now available in the Pebble watchface list via the Pebble phone app.
  • Fixed crash while changing windows, generally when setting alarm or setting time.

Need to install the update? On iPhone, try rebooting your phone and/or closing the Pebble app like this, then open the Pebble app again and tap the glowing red icon. On Android, use the menu button and click ‘Check for FW Update’.

Orange and Grey Pebbles now shipping

Production of orange Pebbles is complete and we have begun the shipping process to Backers! Grey Pebbles are now in production and the first batch will be sent out next week, with the remaining grey Pebbles following soon after. White is the next and final colour. We expect to begin production next week.

That brings us to more than 78,000 Pebbles produced to date and much closer to delivering all Kickstarter backed Pebbles! Thanks once again for your patience while we worked to bring colour Pebbles up to high quality standards.

2-Way Apps

We launched PebbleKit with 2-way communication just two weeks ago and already Pebble watchapp developers have created some incredible apps. Our forums andreddit.com/r/pebble have daily updates from developers creating new ways to use Pebble on Android and many iOS apps for Pebble are in beta testing (awaiting approval by Pebble and Apple).

Pebble 7 Minute Workout

Straight from the NYTimes article to your Pebble is a watchapp that guides you through a super intense 7 minute workout. Good luck! Created by Alex Kennberg (coincidentally he’s guy behind Shopstarter, the ridiculously easy-to-use webstore designed for post-Kickstarter projects).

Profile Switcher for Android

Switch your ringer to vibrate from your wrist! Created by Faruq Rasid.

Glance (Android)

A very useful app that not only displays the current weather, but also integrates with Tasker, can send canned SMS replies, displays upcoming calendar appointments and more! Created by Finebyte.

Plus (Android)

Find my phone is here along with push SMS, third-party apps notification and battery and power status notifications. Plus it can convert Chinese characters to Latin alphabets (Pinyin)! Created by Lijy91.

Tasker for Pebble (Android)

Choose three tasks to activate at anytime without taking your phone out of your pocket! Requires Tasker to be installed and configured (go to the Preferences menu, and under the Misc tab, make sure “Allow External Access” is enabled). Created by @KodeKapps.

Just a quick note, if you’re developing an app for Pebble, please try to use the nomenclature ‘for Pebble’ rather than including the word Pebble right in the middle of your app name. Unless it’s for a hilarious pun.

Shipments to Germany

First, our apologies it has taken so long to get Pebbles to some of you. We are in touch with the German regulatory agencies and customs officials to confirm the steps required to ensure delivery of Pebbles in Germany.

Until we have final resolution with the authorities to clear all incoming shipments and release held shipments, we will hold off on sending more Pebbles to Germany, including any reshipments.

In the meantime, we did improve invoices and provided a German manual online (available for download on our help portal), which has enabled some backers to retrieve their Pebbles from customs.

We expect Pebbles will be flowing to Germany again soon and we will contact German backers with details as soon as we know more.

Thanks again, Pebblers!

Team Pebble

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2-way Communication Added to SDK + Orange/Grey/White Update + We’re Hiring!

Thanks to @brdrck for the Pebble render!

Today we’re pleased to announce that 2-way communication is now enabled for 3rd party Pebble watchapps! You can download the updated SDK (now known as PebbleKit) at developer.getpebble.com. The major addition is the AppMessage subsystem which enables watchapps to send and receive data from a connected smartphone app. Be sure to install the latest Pebble firmware 1.10.2 as well.

We have also released new documentation including a full API reference

This update enables Pebble developers to create apps these sorts of apps:

  • Watchfaces augmented with data from the internet
  • Remote controls for internet connected devices
  • Multi-player Pebble games
  • 4sq/Facebook/Yelp Check-in Apps
  • Sports/Weather/News/Traffic tickers
  • Emergency beacon activator
  • Deeper sports integration (skiing, hiking, surfing, tennis, soccer score keeping)!
  • Bitcoin price trackers (most important watchapp?)
To get you started, we’ve published a few example apps on our github page including a demo weather app for iOS and Android, an app that let’s you escape from a bad date by texting your current location to a friend (Android only) and a Pebble-to-Pebble app using Google Cloud Messaging for Android.

Katharine (from her Stopwatch app fame) has tried out PebbleKit and released a helpful library called httpebble: ‘a scheme for communicating with the internet from the Pebble, using a generic protocol and without any application-specific code running on the phone’.

The iOS Issue…

In order for Pebble to work with iPhones, we joined the Made For iPhone program (a requirement for hardware accessories to interact with iOS apps). Unfortunately this also means that if you build an iOS app with Pebble 2-way communication, we (Pebble) will need to whitelist your iOS app before you can upload it to the App Store. If you have completed an iOS app with Pebble integration and would like to learn more about making it available on the App Store, please email bizdev@getpebble.com.

We understand that this is a major annoyance. We’ve got a solution in mind for this problem, and it’s on our to-do list (along with exposing accelerometer/magnetometer sensor data and persistent storage).

Sports API

Over 13,000 Pebblers have paired their Pebble with RunKeeper in the last 2 weeks. Are you a developer of a GPS tracker app? We’re proud to open up this built-in Pebble functionality to all developers. Example code and documentation is available.

Orange Pebbles Shipping Soon

Good news on the color front! Orange Pebbles are in production this week and will begin shipping out to Backers next week.

In other color news, we’ve (finally) been able to successfully make Grey and White lenses in larger quantities! It’s been an extremely painful process, but we’re glad to be on the other side. Grey and White Pebbles have now passed full reliability and environmental testing (which could only be completed after the final tuning of the plastic chemical composition), allowing us to proceed into mass production with these colors! Finally. More news in the next update about the status of Grey and White.

Pebble Raises Series A Funding. We’re Hiring 🙂

It’s been 12 months now since our Kickstarter project closed. In the last year, we’ve learned how to take a product into mass production, built the core of Pebble OS and shipped nearly 70,000 Pebbles. What will we do in the next year? We’ll ship hundreds of thousands of Pebbles but more importantly, we will focus our software efforts to support 3rd party developers creating apps for Pebble.

To help with this plan, we’ve teamed up with George Zachary and Charles River Ventures. They understand our vision for intelligent, wearable computers and investedin Pebble to support our goals.

Our 18 person team (today…) is rapidly expanding. We’re hiring for a number of positions at our downtown Palo Alto headquarters including embedded developers, designers, iOS, Android, test engineers, developer evangelists and interns/co-ops for this summer and fall. If you love Pebble and wearable computing as much as we do, you should come join us! Apply at https://www.pebble.com/pages/jobs.

Thanks everyone!

Team Pebble

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RunKeeper now works with Pebble! (iOS and Android)

The moment that you’ve been waiting for has now arrived! RunKeeper has released an update for their iOS and Android apps with full Pebble support.

To use RunKeeper with your Pebble, download the latest RunKeeper app (version 3.3).

Runkeeper for iPhone

Runkeeper for Android

Once you have the new RK app installed and your Pebble paired with your phone, you should see a Pebble icon inside RunKeeper. If you’re having any issues, please check out the Troubleshooting guide. If you like this kind of integration, feel free to tweet@runkeeper and @pebble!

Enjoy your run, ride, hike or walk!

Team Pebble

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Freecaddie + Red Shipping + Apps + Fiesta!

Freecaddie for Android launches Pebble support!

Pebble on the links, courtesy of TomHTweets

For those excited to venture out onto the course after a nice long winter, have we got the app for you! Freecaddie recently announced version 3.0 of their Android app, featuring Pebble connectivity. Freecaddie uses the GPS on your phone and lets you view the current distance to the hole on over 28,600 courses around the world…and now you can view those stats on your Pebble! We’ve been informed that iOS Freecaddie support is on the way.

Download Freecaddie on Google Play

Download Freecaddie Pro with extra features

Red Pebbles now shipping

dude2k5 showing off a sparkling red pebble 

Finally, some good news about colors 🙂 Last week, we started shipping the first Red Pebbles. We’ve nearly finished manufacturing 6,000 Red Pebbles, so many more will be flowing through our shipping system soon. Thanks for your patience!

Orange will be the next colour to come out, followed by Grey and White. As we mentioned in a previous update, if you would like to switch from a color Pebble to Black, you may do so at anytime on account.getpebble.com. We’ve shipped out the first batch of back-to-black shipments from immediately after the announcement, and on a weekly basis we’ll ship out any new Black changes.

Apologies for not keeping ispebbleshipping.com updated. Throughout the switch to colour manufacturing and the back-to-black shipments, tracking has become a bit more complex.

Pebble Watchapps (now on iOS!)

We launched the Proof-of-Concept Watchface SDK three weeks ago. The results have been astounding. Our forums have been buzzing with developers sharing their work and getting help navigating the entertaining build system that is waf. Over 500 watchapps have been published to a community-made site called mypebblefaces.com and our records show over 200,000 watchapps have been installed on Pebbles worldwide.

At first, iOS users were unable to install watchapps but an update to our iOS app fixed that! iOS users, please make sure you have the latest version from the App Store (1.0.6). After that, you can browse to the various sources of pbw files on Mobile Safari and download them directly onto your watch.

Watchface-generator.de

Want to create your own watchface, but your programming skills aren’t up to snuff? Try out the awesome watchface-generator.de website, courtesy of @prode81. Remember that Pebble only displays black-and-white on its 144×168 pixel screen.

mypebblefaces.com

If you haven’t checked out mypebblefaces.com in a while, we certainly recommend a look 🙂 There are hundreds of watchfaces and watchapps available for Pebble. Try searching by ‘most downloaded‘ to see the current favourites!

UPDATE: mypebblefaces.com is overloaded with requests. You can find the watchapps referenced below on the Pebble forum here.

Some stellar watchapps:

Revolution (an instant classic), by DouweM

Stopwatch (extremely useful), by Katharine

Nyan Watch (if only it vibrated the song…) by jpitchell

Maurice (very stylish), by zalew

Mac System 3 (great throwback!), by zarumbatus

Pebloid (awesome game), by justdoit

Future SDK update: Two-way communication

We’ll be launching limited 2 way communication in the next update of the SDK (within a month). This will enable apps to receive and transmit arbitrary data back and forth to the phone (for example, upon a button press on the watch).

To make use of this feature, you will need to write an Android or iOS app as well as a native Pebble SDK app. Unfortunately, iOS apps that use this functionality may not be published to the app store at this time (Android apps may be published to Play Store).

Other notes: Watch apps can only receive and send data if they are in the foreground. There are also APIs to launch and kill a watch app (please keep the user’s experience in mind when using these)

Pebble 1 Year Fiesta!

If you happen to be in San Francisco on May 16 (maybe for Google IO?), we’d like to invite backers to a small get-together to celebrate 1 year since our Kickstarter project closed. To request an invite, please log onto your Pebble Account and follow the instructions. Please only request an invite if you will be in the area, thanks! Don’t worry if you aren’t able to get a ticket, this is just the beginning of our meetup plan. For example, a Pebble Users Group (PUG) has already popped up in Silicon Valley, check out the next meetup on May 22 at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View.

Anyways, that’s it for this update. Thanks Pebblers!

Team Pebble

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PebbleOS 1.10 + Proof-of-concept Watchface SDK

PebbleOS 1.10 Update

We’ve released an updated firmware with a few new features and bugfixes:

  • Fix for watch-side battery life bug for some iPhone users. (Some users were reporting that Pebble’s battery life was only 1-3 days while connected to an iOS device. Battery life for these users should increase to 4-7 days)
  • Support for 3rd party watchapps created with the Watchface SDK
  • ‘Disable Vibration’ option for incoming notifications
  • ‘Disable Motion Backlight’ option to turn off flick-to-backlight (both options are in Settings->Display)

Haven’t installed the update? On iPhone, try rebooting your phone and/or closing the Pebble app like this, then open the Pebble app again and tap the glowing red icon. On Android, use the menu button and click ‘Check for FW Update’.

Pebble Android App Update

We’ve also released an update to the Pebble Android app, now at version 1.7.0. Please update your app to get these new features:

  • Watchface SDK Support
  • Rearranged settings screen
  • Bugfixes

Please note there is still a major bug in Android 4.2.2: After 32 connect/disconnection cycles, Android OS refuses to allow Pebble to connect. The only workaround is to reboot your phone. Follow the excitement that is filing an issue with Android here:https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=41110

Pebble iOS App Update…coming soon

We submitted an update to our iOS app 2 weeks ago, so iOS users may see a new update soon! This update will enable 3rd party watchface loading on iOS.

Proof-of-Concept Watchface SDK

On Friday, we released the first version of Pebble’s Watchface SDK. We want to be extremely clear on this: what we have released is a proof-of-concept designed to give eager developers an early chance to hack on native Pebble apps. It’s not the final native watchapp SDK by any means, more of a early start 🙂

The PoC Watchface SDK is:

  • An extremely early prototype of our SDK, specifically for watchfaces and simple games
  • Designed for developers who have experience working with command line and compilers
  • Strictly C based
  • Missing an emulator. You need a Pebble to test your code.
  • Designed for Mac OS 10.7 and 10.8, and Ubuntu 12.10
  • Not optimized for entry-level developers
  • Risky: developers can potentially brick their Pebble by purposefully going beyond the limits of the public API functions
  • Not guaranteed to work perfectly. Apps compiled using the PoC Watchface SDK are also not guaranteed to work.
  • Subject to change. There is a 99.9% probability that we will adjust or deprecate major portions of the API over time, requiring major code changes.

Another major point: the current Pebble iOS app on the iTunes app store does not allow 3rd party apps to be installed on Pebble. It’s in the iTunes approval process now (see above). This means that iOS users cannot install apps created with the PoC Watchface SDK at this time. Developers with iOS devices can install their apps usinglibpebble.

Without further ado, here is the Pebble PoC Watchface SDK

developer.getpebble.com

Documentation is available here: http://developer.getpebble.com/1/welcome with example source code here: github.com/pebble/pebble-sdk-examples

Share your creations on the Watchapp Directory:https://forums.getpebble.com/categories/watchapp-directory or Reddit:http://www.reddit.com/r/pebble

This is the first step for native Pebble watchapps. Expect more progress from us over time, with major changes like accelerometer support, enabling communication from a watchapp,  persistant watch-side storage and more. We welcome all feedback through our forums: https://forums.getpebble.com/categories/developer-discussion

With that having been said, it’s been a pretty incredible 24 hours so far. Over 2,500 people have already downloaded the SDK. Lots of activity on Reddit and the forums. These watchapps are not all ready for the prime-time, but it’s an excellent sign for the future.

Pebble-Pixel by jdiez17 Reddit PostSource

Stopwatch by Katharine, Thread

Contributions to libpebble

Developers on IRC (#pebble) have been big fans of Pebble, for which we’re extremely grateful. In particular, Hexxeh started a excellent project called libpebble to reimplement our Pebble Protocol as a python library. Pebble’s dev team recognized that this utility had the potential for being even more useful than our internal tools. We decided to contribute to the open source project by adding support for the Lightblue Bluetooth API and yesterday hexxeh accepted our patches (yay!).

Team Pebble is committed to contributing to open source projects, and releasing new developments back to the community. You can follow our OSS contributions ongithub.com/pebble.

It’s been a pretty big week for Pebble, but as you all know, our work is never finished. We’ve got a lot more color Pebbles to ship out, and more software to write (and bugs to fix).

Normally these updates are signed off by me (Eric), but I think it’s time to change that practice. The sheer amount of work that we pushed live this week is a testament of our talented team, and these updates need to reflect that. The whole team is responsible for the product that we’ve created. I hope you can join me in thanking the (rapidly expanding) Pebble Team: Andrew, Steve, Rahul, Brad, Nick, Sarah, Joseph, Matt, Martijn, Ryan, Paul, Ben, Philip, Asad, Melanie, Sigrid, Ali, Kareema and Kristen.

If you’d like to join Team Pebble, we’re currently hiring talented iOS Developers and experienced Software Engineers in Test for full-time positions in Palo Alto, CA. You can apply by sending your resume and portfolio to jobs@getpebble.com

As always, thanks for backing us and keep on Pebbling!

Team Pebble

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Color Pebble Production + 12/24 hour Watchfaces

We’re happy to report that all* black Pebbles for Kickstarter backers have left the factory and are making their way through the fulfillment process to their owners now. That is over 55,000 black pebbles shipped!

Color backers: we know you’ve been waiting patiently…and we’re extremely sorry about the color delay. If you would like to swap for a Black Pebble that will ship sooner, you can now do that at http://account.getpebble.com (see below).

*If you haven’t yet received your black pebble, log into your Pebble account to see the status. If your account status shows ‘processing shipment’, you should be receiving a tracking number from us within a week.

In the meantime we’ve been working on manufacturing color Pebbles, which have proven more difficult to produce in large quantities. We’ve been tuning and tweaking the plastic injection parameters for each color to achieve a close fit between the lens and bottom housing, and to eliminate flow marks. It took us awhile to perfect red and orange for mass production. We are working on the Grey and White now (which are more problematic at this time).

Unfortunately, just as we were starting final assembly of red Pebbles, a quality issue came up on the production line with the hard coating layer on the lens. We had to shut down the line for a few days as we figured out the problem (following the 8D resolution process to identify the root cause and fix the problem). The problem has been solved and production has now restarted, but sadly this has delayed our color Pebble shipments further.

We expect the first red Pebbles to be in our distribution centres and ready for shipping in 2-3 weeks, but do not yet have a projected date for the other color Pebbles. Orange will be next, with Grey/White following. We will provide updates as we have more specific information.

Switching from Color to Black

Since we haven’t been able to manufacture color Pebbles as fast as we’d planned, we modified the Pebble Account system to let backers change their color selection back to black. We have a lot of Black Pebbles in stock now, so if you switch to black, your Pebble can ship within two weeks.

If you’re a color Pebble backer and would like to switch some or all of your color Pebbles to black, simply log into your account at account.getpebble.com. We will issue a small refund for fees you may have paid to opt for color in the first place. Details will be available to you when you log into your account.

(This is not clickable here…find it after logging in at account.getpebble.com)

You are welcome to keep your current color Pebble selection, we just can’t provide a firm shipping date yet. We expect the first red Pebbles to be available for shipping in 2-3 weeks, but do not yet have timeframes for the other color Pebbles. You can change to black at any time (up until your Pebble is ready to ship) if you change your mind.

Our FAQ has been updated on help.getpebble.com with more details: http://help.getpebble.com/customer/portal/articles/1085347-color-production-questions

12 Hour Versions of Watchfaces

We’ve heard your requests! A lot of people were keen to see 12 hour versions of the popular digital watchfaces. We’ve modified the watchapps and re-uploaded them to the watchapp library (you may want to delete the previous versions from your watch).

  • Big Time
  • Just A Bit (binary clock)
  • Tic-Tock-Toe
  • Simplicty
  • 91dub

Make sure that your Pebble has been upgraded to Firmware 1.9.1 before installing these apps. The 12/24hr switch requires 1.9.1, but more importantly, we fixed a major bug in the firmware.

To enable 12 hour mode on these watchfaces, change the setting on your watch by going to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Date & Time’ then clicking the check mark until you see the option for 12H and 24H.

Watchface SDK

A few notes about the upcoming watchface SDK: you’ll need a Pebble to test your apps (no simulator or emulator right now), and the SDK is designed to run on Mac OS 10.7, 10.8, and Ubuntu Linux. If you’re on a PC, we recommend compiling inside an Ubuntu VM.

Busy week ahead, thanks for bearing with us.

Eric + Team Pebble

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Pebble Watchface SDK Coming Out in April

Big news this week is that we’re getting the watchface SDK ready to be out into the wild. We’re going to publish it during the 2nd week of April. We’re also publishing a firmware update next week, and while we have definitely not finished our manufacturing work, over 40,000 Pebbles have been built to date.

Firmware Update Next Week

In other news next week we’ll be publishing a firmware update for Pebble, version 1.9. With this latest update, we’ve changed around the interface flow. Watchfaces are now at the bottom of the window stack; if you keep pressing the back button from anywhere inside Pebble’s menus, you’ll get to your previously displayed watchface. The right top and bottom (up and down) buttons now change between different watchfaces you’ve installed on your Pebble. This simplifies the main launcher menu. We’ve also made a lot of changes under the hood on the text rendering engine, making it easier and faster for developers to display text on Pebble.

Watchface SDK

Right from the beginning, PebbleOS was built with multiple apps in mind. This was mainly in reaction to the developer response to our first watch, inPulse. In the fall, as we began work on the user facing apps on Pebble, we started using a prototype of the SDK internally to develop watchfaces for Pebble. That’s when we knew that the first release of the SDK would be mainly geared towards watchfaces as this was the first type of app that would be well supported. It turns out games are similar in structure (only require button inputs), so they are also candidates for this revision of the native SDK 🙂

Important note: the proof-of-concept Pebble watchface SDK will not enable access to the accelerometer (or magnetometer), or communication between watchfaces and smartphones (among other major deficiencies).

As a small company, we had to be very careful with our focus and priorities. We knew that getting Pebble into mass production and shipping watches to you, our Kickstarter backers, needed to be our prime objective. We also knew that the out of box experience was important which is why we worked really hard to support the wide variety of Android devices and iOS variations right from the start.

During the 2nd week of April, we’ll be releasing a proof-of-concept watchface SDK. It’s a work in progress, and there’s a 99% chance that we’re going to be changing a lot of the APIs…but it’s an important first step towards shifting our focus towards supporting developers. I know we have communicated very poorly to developers up until this point, but we hope that you’ll understand how important it was for us and for Pebble as a platform to have the initial release of the hardware go well.

We made the decision to beta test the watchface SDK with hacker backers. It’s been incredible seeing just what a small subset of the Pebble developer community has created in a short period of time. As soon as the watchface SDK is released, developers will be free to share all apps that they’ve created. The good news is that the following 3 apps will be available as soon as firmware version 1.9 is released next.

Hoe Laat Is Het?, by Hudson (Can you tell time in Dutch?)

Fairly classic watchface

Snake game, by Nicholas

If you’re searching for inspiration for your first Pebble watchface design, look no further than the fantastic Pebble Concepts site, hosted by RichardG. We’re big fans of a bunch of designs there, but remember that some designs will not be implementable using the proof-of-concept watchface SDK. Pebble’s display is 144 x 168 pixels, black and white only.

Some of the awesome Pebble-compatible designs that Pebblers have submitted to RichardG’s site!

Tidbits from the Pebble World

  • Production of Red lenses happened this week (the first colour that has gone into production so far). Next step is to optically bond the display to these lenses, which will be happening next week.
  • Two thousand long watch straps will be shipped next week by letter mail. Over 85% of the Kickstarter backers who ordered long straps are in this first batch.
  • Over 40,000 Pebbles have been manufactured so far, with many more on the way (check ispebbleshipping.com for recent stats)
  • We’re doing our best to work our way through all technical questions and issues. The best spot to start if you have any issues is at help.getpebble.com, then if you continue to have a problem, please use the ‘Contact Support’ or ‘Email Support’ button inside the Pebble iOS or Android app.

We know we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re really pumped up so far with the early reactions from Pebblers on TwitterFacebookReddit, our (new) forums and more! While we can’t respond to everything out there, we do read voraciously. Keep the feedback coming, thanks Pebblers!

Eric + Pebble Team

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New Watchfaces, Colors and Help Portal

We posted a couple new watchfaces available to install on your Pebbles today. You can find them inside the Pebble App for Android and iOS (you may need to close the app and open it again to refresh). Let’s just say we got quite a few requests for a digital watchface that actually told the time as well as date, so we’re happy to get this one out 🙂 These are early days in the Pebble watchface arena, and I’m pretty excited about where it’s headed. Unfortunately I don’t have anything new to announce about the Pebble Watchface SDK today, other than we’re working on it and using it internally to write watchfaces.

Manufacturing

Chinese New Year wrapped up at the beginning of the week, and our production line is back on-line. We’re still not at full production speed yet as the various subvendors and factories that supply components to the Pebble assembly come back up after CNY. Also continuing to deal with delays (shenanigans?) as we ship plastic components from Taiwan to the factory in Dongguan, via Hong Kong.

As usual, you can track our production process at www.ispebbleshipping.com. We’ve manufactured over 25,000 Pebbles so far (30% there!), with 8,000 currently flying from Hong Kong to our distribution centres right now.

Speaking of plastics, the factory has shifted one of our two lens tools back to working with colors (one tool will always be making black lenses, almost 24-7). We’re ‘shooting’ (injecting) each color one at a time because each color of plastic requires a slightly different temperature, pressure and cycle time. Each individual color also needs to be approved through a process called First Article Inspection (FAI) during which all dimensions are double checked. We’ve found that the fit between the bottom housing and the lens can vary quite a lot depending on the injection parameters, so we’re being very careful before approving the mass production parameters for each color.

Help and Technical Support

I’d like to personally apologize for anyone who has emailed us over the last 2 weeks. We have been swamped with questions and we have not done a good job at managing the overload, leading to a a bunch of unanswered messages. To help fix this, we now have 5 people dedicated to working with our backers. We’re also working hard to improve our Support Center (help.getpebble.com).

If you backed Pebble on Kickstarter, your questions (when is my Pebble shipping? Where are the longer straps? and more) may already be answered here: http://help.getpebble.com/customer/portal/articles/1008261-top-kickstarter-faq

Shipping FAQ: http://help.getpebble.com/customer/portal/topics/453712-shipping/articles

If you missed the Kickstarter and pre-ordered through getpebble.com, check our our FAQ for preorders: http://help.getpebble.com/customer/portal/articles/1008241-top-pre-order-faq

Technical Support

If you have any questions about your Pebble, please consult the Tech Support FAQ: http://help.getpebble.com/customer/portal/articles/1008279-top-support-faq

We’re tracking two major issues right now:

iOS Email – Email notifications are still not flowing correctly on iOS. With input from the survey in the last update, we’ve been able to target our efforts on a solution. We’ll be testing it internally over the next few weeks.

Battery life – We’re getting reports from some Pebblers seeing a 1-3 day battery life instead of 5-7. We’re unable to replicate this issue on any of our Pebbles, but we’re hoping to narrow down the problem with the help of our backers. We’re working hard on this, and we’re confident that we can get to the bottom of it

We’re also tracking several other issues: Allow/Ignore prompt on iOS (working on it), Android music control (fixed in next release of Android app), Caller ID on iOS (thought we fixed it, but broke again, working on it).

On the Android side, we’re pleased to see many developers begin using Pebble’s Android Intent API (developer.getpebble.com)

Pebble Notifier brings dozens of new notifications and alerts to your Pebble, and integrates with Tasker.

Lightflow provides ‘Total Notification Control’ and integrates well with Pebble.

Great to see all those photos of Pebble in the wild, keep them coming! Thanks Pebblers,

Eric + Pebble Team

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Manufacturing and Software Updates

Our production line is humming along, with the daily output creeping upwards to 1,500 Pebbles per day (PPD). Overall, it takes about 2 weeks for a single Pebble to be manufactured, assembled, boxed up and shipped to our distribution centers, so it took us a little while for the whole process to be ironed out.

There will be a one week interruption in output from the factory next week during Chinese New Year. We’ve taken steps to reduce the effect of CNY by stockpiling necessary components at our factory so that assembly can resume promptly after the holiday. In particular, to increase output before CNY, we’ve shifted some subassembly manufacturing to a facility in Taiwan for the most important assembly in the design, the optical adhesion of the LCD module to the lens. Building will be paused during CNY, but shipping will continue as we have a backlog of manufactured Pebbles to ship out.

Color Pebbles

As you can see in the graph above, we’re on track to have manufactured 15,000 Black Pebbles before the beginning of Chinese New Year (Feb 8) (more data available onispebbleshipping.com). After the holiday, production of other colours Pebbles will begin. In order to avoid delays, if you have a requested a Black Pebble as part of a multi-Pebble reward pack we will also be trying our best to fulfill that portion of the reward separately. We had to modify our shipping software to break down rewards into separate colors, so this hasn’t started yet.

Software Updates

If you already have your Pebble on-wrist, keep your eyes peeled for updates to Pebble Android and iOS apps. As backers send us support requests and let us know about bugs and other problems, we will be publishing updates that fix issues you may be experiencing.

Software updates to the Pebble operating system (OS) itself will also be published regularly. The Pebble app on your smartphone will let you know when an update is available, and prompt you to install.

Known Issues

Pebble users have already reported several major issues that we’re working to solve.

iOS email
When Pebble’s Bluetooth connection with an iPhone or iPod touch is broken, the iOS software module that sends email notifications switches off. We’ve brought this issue up with Apple’s developer support, but we can’t expect a solution necessarily from this pathway. Currently, there is a workaround method to reenable email notifications (link) but it means toggling a switch after a disconnect. We are working to solve this problem (this is our #1 priority iOS task), and we’ll keep Pebblers updated about this issue. To help us out, if you’re an iOS Pebble user, please fill in this survey about your email usage.

Other issues that we’re working to solve
– Email notifications from the default email app on HTC and some other Android devices are not being delivered to Pebble yet. On other default email apps (Samsung in particular) do not transmit email contents. Working on it.
– Some Pebbles are rebooting after receiving some notifications. If this happens to you regularly, use the Contact or Email support button inside the app to send us debug logs.
– iOS Caller ID. We’ve identified a bug that prevents a caller’s name from appearing on Pebble. Will have a fix in the next iOS Pebble App version.
– Android two factor authentication – click here for instructions
– Watchfaces not loading on iOS. Fixed in the next version of the iOS app.
– Battery indicator: we’re seeing reports of Pebble battery lasting from 2-7 days. It seems to be related to the variety of different Bluetooth connections on different phones. The first thing we’re working on is improving the battery logging and how Pebble alerts you when the battery is almost empty. Then we’ll move to improving battery life across the board.
– Android ROMs: we’ll do our best, but unfortunately we cannot promise support for the entire wide world of Andriod ROMs out there. We’re testing with stock devices from HTC, Samsung, Nexus (among others) and always on the stock OS.

– Pebble seems to interfere with Siri on iOS devices. Working on this problem.

Thanks for all your support, Pebblers! It’s awesome to see the first users post pictures of their Pebbles in the wild. Keep the #PebbleTime coming!

Eric + Pebble Team

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