Pebble Turns to Steel
Pebble today announced the Pebble Steel smartwatch. It runs all the same apps and services as the existing Pebble smartwatch, but packages it into a thinner, more attractive piece of hardware made with stainless steel. The Pebble Steel comes in either black or a brushed, natural look, and also adds an RGB notification light to help users see their notifications. The Pebble Steel will ship starting on January 28 and will cost $249 ($100 more than the original Pebble). In addition to the Pebble Steel, Pebble also announced that the Pebble app store is primed for launch later this month. Pebble encourages developers to get submit their apps by January 9 so they may be in the App Store at launch.
Huawei's Android Wear Smartwatch Goes Upscale
Huawei today said its Android-based smartwatch will go on sale this month for $349, putting it in Apple Watch territory. The wearable will come with several face variations, including stainless steel, black stainless steel, and rose gold, with leather, steel, and gold strap options.
Pebble Gives Its Watch Another Go 'Round
Pebble today announced the Pebble Time Round, a round variation of its stainless steel smartwatch. The Pebble Time Round runs the latest operating system, with features such as Timeline and third-party apps, and is compatible with Android (4.3) and iOS (8.0) smartphones.
Pebble Expands Its Wearables' Features with Fresh Firmware
Pebble today improved its smartwatch platform with more health and fitness features. The expanded toolset is being made available through a firmware update for the Pebble Time-series watches as well as the accompanying Pebble app for Android and iOS smartphones.
Latest Pebble System Update Improves Health and Weather
Pebble has tweaked the performance of its health app and introduced a brand new weather app in a system update for Pebble smartwatches. Pebble OS version 3.13 takes steps to improve the accuracy of Pebble Health, which now accounts for movements during sleep and prevents them from being logged as steps.
Pebble Testing Newest Firmware On Older Smartwatches
Pebble is allowing a limited number of people to test Pebble 3.8 on the Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel. Pebble introduced the new operating system on newer smartwatches earlier this year, but it said it would develop the OS for its original wearables.