Fitbit has announced that it will end support for Pebble smartwatches on June 30. Fitbit acquired Pebble back in 2016. The company will put an end to most of Pebble s features including App Store, the forum, cloud development tool, voice recognition features, and SMS and email replies to name a few. Also Read - Here's the reason why NASA is offering Fitbit Charge 4 fitness device to employeesAlso Read - Fitbit app now lets users track blood sugar levels: Here's how it works
In a blog post, Fitbit stated that part of the reason for the Pebble support extension is to help Pebble owners and developers transition to the new Fitbit OS, which made its debut with the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch in late 2017. Also Read - Google completes Fitbit acquisition
After June 30, the Pebble smartwatches and mobile apps will continue to work, but support will end for features such as SMS and email replies, voice recognition, timeline pins from third-party apps, and the CloudPebble developer tool. There will also be no further updates for Pebble s mobile apps for iOS and Android.
During this time, we invite the Pebble community to explore how familiar highlights from the Pebble ecosystem are evolving on the Fitbit platform, from apps and clock faces to features and experiences, the company wrote.
As a matter of compensation, Fitbit is offering Pebble users a $50 (Rs 3,100 approximately) discount on Fitbit Ionic to Pebble users who still own a device with a valid serial number. Pebble owners who purchased their device prior to December 7, 2016, are only eligible for the discount. Fitbit says that Pebble users can expect the same level of experience they had in 2017 until June 30, 2018.