Pebble Shuts Down, Kills Off Unreleased Watches
Pebble, which sold its intellectual property to FitBit, detailed plans for the remaining portions of its business. Pebble will not make or sell any more devices. The company says devices already in the market will work as normal and there are no planned changes to the user experience. Pebble warns that some functions may be lost over time and, more importantly, warranty support is no longer available for any Pebble watch. Pebble owners who run into trouble are directed to Pebble's support web site and forum. People who preordered Pebble's newest devices via Kickstarter and have not yet received their device will be given a full refund, automatically applied to their credit card. The company is not taking any more orders and has closed its Kickstarter campaigns. Pebble says watches purchased at retail locations may be returned based on the individual retailer's return policy. People should be able to find Pebble replacement parts and accessories from third-party vendors such as Amazon.com. Pebble executive Eric Migicovsky thanked Pebble supporters and the Pebble community for their support over the years. Migicovsky is not joining FitBit, but many of Pebble's software engineers are.
May 10, 2016
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.
Jun 8, 2016
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.
May 24, 2016
Pebble today announced the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, as well as the Core connected button. The two wearables target fitness users and include heart rate monitors for tracking workouts and monitoring sleep.
Aug 30, 2016
Pebble today released a new firmware update for its line of wearables that should improve the day-to-day usability of Pebble smartwatches. For example, a new Quick View feature lets users see what's next on their calendar from the watch face.
Apr 20, 2018
FitBit this week released its Versa smartwatch and said new features for the wearable will arrive as soon as next month. A software update to be made available in May will bring quick replies to people who pair their Versa with an Android device.