The rumors were true! The only reason for me to not buy a Pebble doesn't exist anymore. If you, like me, wanted a Pebble but couldn't put up with its plastic-ky finish, say hello to Pebble Steel. Priced at $249, which is $100 than the basic Pebble, the Pebble Steel comes in a stainless steel body with Corning's Gorilla Glass on top with a fingerprint-free oleophobic coating. It will come in Brush Stainless and Black Matte finishes and every Pebble Steel will get a black leather strap in addition to the chosen metal one.
Earlier today, we reported about the teaser post on Pebble s blog, which was an indication that the company was going to announce something big at CES. This something big could be a metal version of the Pebble smartwatch, 9To5Mac reports.
Smartwatch maker Pebble has teased on its blog that it would be announcing something big at CES later tonight. The event kicks off at 12:30AM tonight and the company will be streaming it live on its blog.
You knew it was bound to happen, and happen it has. While it apparently still has a ways to go to catch up to Samsung s Galaxy Gear, a Kickstarter-backed company moving some 200,000 or so units in a matter of months is nothing to scoff at. To wit, Pebble s seeing a massive spike in developer action now that SDK 2.0 is in the wild and the watch has added full iOS 7 Notification Center support. In a bid to funnel all of that activity into a central location, the outfit on Wednesday announced that the Pebble appstore will launch in early 2014, and interested developers can begin submitting their SDK 2.0 Pebble apps immediately.
It's the Kickstarter project that has largely defined what's possible on the service, and if you're reading this, you're well aware of how many millions the Pebble team raised in order to concoct a wrist-worn notification device. A device that just so happened to emerge as the term "smartwatch", was taking hold. It was something of a perfect storm, really; years ago, Fossil and Sony Ericsson tried to bring the Dick Tracy motif to the masses, but the world wasn't yet ready. Today, we're all ready. Despite shipping to backers around a year ago, Pebble only recently added full, unabashed support for the iPhone (iOS 7, to be exact). As it turns out, the addition of full Notification Center support makes Pebble one of the only smartwatches on the market (hello, Metawatch) that's tailored for Apple. I set out to investigate one thing: is the Pebble the smartwatch that Apple has yet to build, and is really good enough to work in tandem with an iPhone that's constantly buzzing?
Apple has approved Pebble's companion app that brings support for all notifications on iOS 7, which Pebble had announced last week. With the update, iPhone users will finally get a reason to buy the smartwatch as they would be able to get many more notifications than incoming calls and text messages. Essentially any app that does a banner or popup notification will be supported by Pebble.
One of the world's favorite smartwatch, with over 190,000 units on wrists, is now shipping globally. Apart from announcing new compatibility features with iOS 7 and a new SDK for next-generation "watchapps" Pebble today also announced that the smartwatch can be bought directly from its online store and will be shipped globally.
Pebble, which can be termed as the first popular smartwatch, will finally play well with iOS. A new update that will be pushed out soon integrates with iOS 7's notification center and all notifications that posts a popup or banner. Pebble announced it has sold over 190,000 watches, with 2,200 apps that have been downloaded over 2 million times.