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Pebble Says Services Will Be Live Through 2017

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 15, 2016 by itnerd

Pebble has released a new blog post that details its “first steps forward with Fitbit” after bring bought by Fitbit. In the blog post, Pebble said that users can expect that Pebble software and services will continue to be supported through 2017:

Fitbit is going out of its way to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017. To be clear, no one on this freshly-formed team seeks to brick Pebble watches in active service. The Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, developer portal, and Pebble appstore are all elements of the Pebble ecosystem that will remain in service at this time. Pebble developers are welcome to keep creating and updating apps. Pebble users are free to keep enjoying their watches.

The blog post further goes on to state that the company’s first action to preserve the Pebble experience into the future will be to update its mobile apps and loosen their dependency on a “patchwork of cloud services”. Plus developers are jumping in to keep the Pebble experience going. This should be interesting to watch and see if this actually happens. 

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Fitbit Buys Pebble…. Then Kills Pebble Products

Posted in Commentary with tags , on December 7, 2016 by itnerd

The news is out via a blog post by both Pebble and Fitbit that Fitbit will acquire Pebble’s software assets. Then Pebble as a company will be deep sixed. You can see why Fitbit would do this as they get a ton of assets and the people behind those assets which would make them more of a player in the wearable space.

But on the Pebble side of the fence, there is one outstanding question. Current Pebble devices will continue to operate as normal, maintained by Fitbit. But I don’t know what that looks like long term as per this tweet:

What does “for now” mean exactly?

Warranty support on current Pebble devices is also no longer available. The Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core have both been canceled with backers from Kickstarter and those who pre-ordered will receive full refunds over the next 4-8 weeks with no action required. Anyone who pre-ordered a Pebble 2 smartwatch and was not charged for it will also have their orders canceled.

RIP Pebble. We hardly knew ye.