Fitbit to end Pebble smartwatch support in June 2018

Pebble 2

Pebble stopped manufacturing and selling its smartwatches as soon as key personnel and intellectual assets were acquired by Fitbit back in December 2016 for about US$23 million. Support for existing Pebble smartwatch owners continued uninterrupted but the end of the road is now in view. Fitbit has now confirmed that support for Pebble smartwatches will end on June 30, 2018. Pebble […]

Fitbit acquires assets from Pebble

Pebble Core

Fitbit today confirmed rumours that started to swirl last week that it will acquire some of Pebble’s assets. It announced that is acquiring “specific assets” that include key personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware development. As reported earlier, hardware is not part of the deal. “With basic wearables getting smarter and smartwatches adding health and fitness capabilities, we see […]

Pebble Time 2 and Core to be cancelled as Fitbit acquisition looms

Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2

Rumours emerged last week that Fitbit was looking to acquire struggling smartwatch company Pebble. A new report yesterday shed new details. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg suggests that the buyout will focus on Pebble’s software assets. The deal reportedly includes job offers for about 40 percent of Pebble’s staff, mostly software engineers. Pebble staff in other roles, such as interface designer […]

Smartwatch shipments collapse in Q3 2016

Graph - Going down

All is not well for the global smartwatch market. Year-over-year shipment figures dipped for the first time in the second quarter of the year. Things did not improve in Q3 as International Data Corporation (IDC) reported yesterday that the market experienced a “round of growing pains” with another year-over-year decline in shipment volumes. Volumes dropped 51.6% from a total of 5.6 million […]

Pebble Time Round Special Edition joins latest Pebble Kickstarter campaign

Pebble Time Round Special Edition

Pebble kicked off its latest Kickstarter campaign back on May 24th for the new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 smartwatches and Pebble Core wearable. Just a little over half way through, it has raised more than US$11 million courtesy of more than 58,000 backers. It today announced that it has added two new Pebble Time Round Special Edition smartwatches to the campaign. These […]

Improved Health and new Weather apps with Pebble 3.13 firmware

Pebble Weather app

Pebble’s latest Kickstarter campaign is in full swing (with more than US$10 million already raised) but that has not stopped the company from continuing to enhance its Pebble operating system and apps. Its latest firmware, Pebble 3.13, comes with an improved Pebble Health app, an official Weather app and more. Pebble Health has been improved with enhanced step and sleep algorithms. […]

Pebble Core is Pebble’s first non-smartwatch wearable

Pebble Core

Along with the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, Pebble today unveiled the Pebble Core, a small 3G and GPS-enabled square-shaped device that is ideal for runners. It is also the company’s first foray into the world of wearables other than smartwatches. We all love our phones. But when you’re out for a run, strapping a big phone to your arm isn’t much fun. We […]

Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 smartwatches announced

Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2

After teasing us yesterday that it would make an announcement today, Pebble just unveiled two new smartwatches. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 will succeed the original Pebble and original Time smartwatches respectively. And Pebble is once more returning to Kickstarter to launch its latest generation smartwatches. In 2012, you put smartwatches on the map during the original Pebble project, raising […]