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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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Vote for the Pebble-inspired Smarthole Hoodie on Betabrand

Smarthole Hoodie

We’re excited to share a special fashion design project with Pebble wearables in mind. Created by Pebble’s very own Head of Industrial Design, Mark Solomon, The Smarthole Hoodie is live now on the Betabrand Think Tank.

Vote for the Smarthole Hoodie on Betabrand »

With your votes and input, you can help improve the final product, unlock special savings if the project makes it to the crowdfunding phase, and earn early access to Smarthole Hoodie prototypes and first editions.

Meet The Smarthole Hoodie

Smarthole Hoodie Design

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Now We’re Talking: Amazon Alexa Comes to Pebble Core

Today, we’re proud to announce Amazon Alexa integration with Pebble Core, bringing Amazon’s acclaimed voice services to a fully-independent, 3G-connected wearable device for the first time ever. Pebble Core backers on Kickstarter will be the first to experience Amazon Alexa on Pebble’s infinitely hackable ultra-wearable when shipping begins in early 2017.

Pebble + Alexa

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Enjoy Verizon Text Replies, Improved Sleep, and New Vibrations in Our Latest Updates

Spring has sprung, and we’ve got a fresh round of watch and app updates to enjoy.

iOS Text Reply

iOS Text Reply bypasses current messaging limitations in Apple’s operating system.

Version 3.11 of our firmware and apps expands iOS Text Reply to Verizon customers, upgrades Pebble Health’s sleep tracking, introduces new customization options, and more.

Dive in for what’s new and how to update your watch and Pebble apps. As always, keep us posted about what you love and want to see next.

iOS Text Reply for Verizon

A great chance.

Today!

As you wish!

Verizon Wireless is now a compatible carrier for iOS Text Reply, expanding Pebble’s reach as the first non-Apple smartwatches with working actionable message replies for iPhone.

Verizon Text Reply setup

Pebblers in the US with a Verizon contract can use iOS Text Reply from any Pebble smartwatch. After getting set up, incoming iOS and Verizon Messages can be responded to with a voice note (Time-Series watches only), emoji, or custom text reply.

Verizon Text Reply setup

With Verizon and AT&T on board as compatible carriers for iOS Text Reply, actionable message capabilities for Pebble users on iPhone continues to expand. We are working to get more carriers and services on board in response to your feedback.

For full details about iOS Text Reply, review our Support page.

New Features in 3.11 Firmware and Apps

3.11 Software Updates

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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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Introducing iOS Text Reply to the Pebble Time Lineup (Release Notes)

iOS Text Reply

Text Reply on iOS sends messages directly via your carrier, replies do not appear in the Messages app.

Pebble is excited to introduce Text Reply for iOS, a beta feature making us the first non-Apple smartwatch to bring voice and text replies to our iPhone users.

Starting today, Pebblers in the U.S. on a post-paid AT&T account can test drive iOS Text Reply using their Pebble Time, Time Steel, or Time Round. After setting things up, users can respond with a voice reply or pre-defined text to incoming items from the iOS Messages app.

Expanding voice capabilities to Pebblers with iPhones continues to be a big focus of ours. We are working to enable additional carriers and services to provide actionable notifications to more and more iPhone users. For full details about iOS Text Replies, review the FAQ below or on our Support page.

To get started with iOS Text Reply, follow these steps:

  1. Update your Pebble Time iPhone app to version 3.4 or higher.
  2. After updating the iPhone app, update your Pebble Time’s firmware to version 3.7 or higher. Select Menu » Support » Update Your Pebble if you aren’t prompted automatically.
  3. From the iOS app, navigate to Menu » Settings » Actionable Notifications to set up Text Replies for the first time.
  4. Follow the setup instructions.
  5. After successful setup, notifications received from the Messages app will have the option to reply with voice or a list of pre-defined responses.
  6. Note: Successfully sent Pebble replies will NOT appear in the iOS Messages app. The reply is sent as an SMS through AT&T directly, and not the Messages app.

Setting up iOS Text Reply

For full details about iOS Message Replies, review the FAQ on our Support page. Full release notes for Pebble Time Firmware 3.7, iOS 3.4, and Android 3.7 below.

 

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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 »

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The Time Is Now: Pebble Time is online and in stores today!

The Time Is Now: Pebble Time is online and in stores today!

The weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds of waiting have passed. Pebble Time, the smartwatch people love and made happen on Kickstarter, is available now at pebble.com worldwide, Best Buy (online and in-store, U.S. only), and Target (online and in-store, U.S. only) the week of August 17.

Kickstarter backers have already met their wrist’s best friend—now it’s your turn. Hop online or swing by your local Best Buy or Target to see why Pebble Time is PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice smartwatch.

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