Timeline for Classic Pebbles Is Coming! Accepting Android Beta Testers Now

UPDATE: Pebble Firmware v3.8 with timeline support for Classic Pebbles is now publicly available all users. Simply download the Pebble Time app for iOS (v3.5) or Android (v3.8.1) to migrate your watch.

The Pebble Time Kickstarter project brought more than just color, voice, and ergonomic design to our family of smartwatches. The campaign also introduced a focused and delightful new operating system with Pebble Firmware 3.0. Featuring the timeline interface to organize your past, present, and future, 3.0 is all about delivering the best ways to get things done from your wrist.

During the campaign, we promised to bring support for Pebble Time’s 3.0 operating system to the rest of our lineup as well. We’re happy to announce that timeline, unlimited apps, and more are on their way to Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel this month.

Timeline on Classic

We’re inviting a few Android users to help field test the new firmware now, with the full public release of 3.8 coming soon after. Due to restrictions within the iTunes App Store, we can only extend invitations to beta test Pebble firmware to Android users at this time. Pebblers on iOS will have full access to Firmware 3.8 when it is out of beta and publicly available later this month.

timeline

To beta test Firmware 3.8 on Pebble Classic or Pebble Steel (Android Only):

UPDATE: The 3.8 Beta program is now closed. Firmware 3.8 is now publicly available for download.

  1. Request to join the Timeline for Pebble Classic Beta Group here »
  2. If your request is accepted, you will receive a beta version of the Pebble Time Android app (v3.8.0), downloadable from the Google Play Store. Invitations will be sent on a rolling basis and increase over time. Don’t worry if you aren’t immediately invited to be a beta tester.
  3. Migrate your Pebble Classic or Pebble Steel to Firmware 3.8 using the instructions on our Help page »

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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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#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!

Eventbrite for Pebble

Eventbrite + Pebble = Your Ticket to Fun

There’s nothing like being live and in person, and Team Pebble loves hosting great events. Whether it’s throwing a pajama party for Pebblers in Austin or meeting talented students in Waterloo, Eventbrite has helped Team Pebble bring our community together in fun, original ways—time and time again.

Today, enjoying live Eventbrite experiences gets even more awesome with a new app for Pebble’s timeline interface. Eventbrite for Pebble is live now on the appstore, ready to get you to your next fun gathering.

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New Firmware and Android Updates for Pebble Time

Bigger, Brighter, Awesome-er: New Firmware and Android Updates for Pebble Time

We’re all about making the Pebble experience better over time, thanks to regular updates and feedback from the community.

New Dismiss All feature

Today, we’re happy to share updates to Pebble Time’s operating system and Android apps that bring top-requested settings and features to your wrist (full release notes below).

To update Pebble Time’s operating system/firmware, select Menu » Support » Update Your Pebble within the Pebble Time app for iOS or Android.

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Pebble Time Firmware Updated to v3.1.

Pebble Time’s First Firmware, iPhone, and Android Updates

Pebble firmware updated to version 3.1.

Enjoy our first firmware update—version 3.1 is live.

NOTE: This post has been updated to include release notes for v3.1 of the Pebble Time iPhone app, released 7 July 2015 and v3.1.1 of the Pebble time Android app, released 14 July 2015.

After launching Pebble Time to Kickstarter backers last month and kicking off pre-orders last week, we’re excited to keep things moving with Pebble Time’s first firmware and smartphone app updates.

In the Pebble Time firmware (v3.1), Pebblers will notice fixes and improvements to the Alarm app, Do Not Disturb settings, and timeline (full release notes below).

The updated Pebble Time iPhone app includes improvements to Calendar, Timeline, and Weather. The Pebble Time Android app has improvements to performance and Weather.

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Pebble Time Pre-orders start 22 June

Let Pebble Time Shipping Begin! Pre-Orders Start June 22

Pebble Time Shipping Starts Today

Let’s Ship Some Watches!

Pebble Time rewards begin their journeys home as shipments to our amazing Kickstarter backers are underway:

  • With Pebble Time now at distribution centers, shipping labels and tracking numbers will start going out and ramp up quickly.
  • The first 10,000 Pebble Time rewards will ship from our five distribution centers around the world this week.
  • From there, we’ll keep on shipping! All Pebble Time backers should receive tracking numbers by mid-June.

The support and feedback from our first million Pebblers since starting this journey has carried us further and faster than we imagined. Thanks to them, we’re delivering the most focused, purpose-built smartwatch for busy people to Get. Things. Done.

Pebble Time builds on the past, focuses on the present, and welcomes the future.

For Pebble Time-ready apps and watchfaces you’ll love at first sight, check our new guide »

Ready for the World, Your Wrist, and Pre-Orders

After getting Pebble Time on backers’ wrists, let’s make it rain everywhere else. You can help us spread the love.

Pebble Time pre-orders begin on Monday, June 22

Pre-order timing was a burning question ever since wrapping our last Kickstarter campaign. With the cat out of the bag, let’s welcome more Pebblers to the Time family. To stay in the loop about pre-order day, sign up at pebble.com/pebble_time and we’ll remind you directly.

Better with Time

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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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Keep the Momentum Going: Pebble’s got new Android superpowers (Release Notes)

Android Wear + Pebble

Pebble is all about momentum: Get a good running start, steadily pick up the pace, and keep the party going. On top of firmware and iOS app updates, it’s an especially awesome day for Android Pebblers. Our Android actionable notifications compatibility goes from Beta to public release, giving Pebble the power to reply and act on notifications right from your wrist.

Making the magic happen is easy: simply update your Pebble to the latest firmware released last week (v2.9) and grab the latest Pebble Android app (v.2.3.0) from the Google Play Store. 

Full release notes below.

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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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