Hope you like the idea of a smartwatch, because startups are not giving up on them. To wit, one of the most popular manifestations of the concept is the Pebble which began as a Kickstarter project that aimed to raise $100k. Instead, the company raised $10 million. Yes, a hundred times a hundred thousand. That investment seems to be paying off a bit, though, as today an Android app landed in the Play Store just prior to the first round of units arriving on customers' arms.

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The app allows Pebble owners to set customized watch faces, choose what types of notifications get sent to your wrist, and test the connection between the two devices (extremely handy). The Android software will also let you know when firmware updates are available for the hardware itself.

The company is saying that it's hearing reports the app can't be installed on some tablets and it's looking into the issue. Don't panic. The first round of shipments went out to early backers on January 23rd and should arrive before too long.

Source: Kickstarter

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  • KyleWay

    I really hope that this is successful so, hopefully, Google will see this might be worth pursuing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drewprice Drew Price

    Downloaded this yesterday in hopes my pebble would arrive. Looks like it'll be here today though. I work 5 minutes from the HQ, and it still takes two days to ship.

    • youareme7

      when did you back? early on or towards the end? I haven't gotten any confirmation but I also ordered a black one and backed on may 8th i believe

  • Mr. Mark

    This is really cool. I really want one now.

  • ergu

    They better not screw this up. I have wanted a 'hands free', programmable, low energy usage alternative display for my phone for eons. And it's easier to see in full sun! It has so much going for it. I just hope they don't drop the ball somewhere important...

    • TechnoTinus

      Android does not support the low energy spec of bluetooth. Pebble watch will only connect to iOS via bluetooth 4.0 for android connectivity it falls back to lower bluetooth version without ble.

      • ergu

        I was referring to the low power display, the e-paper part of it, but when android phones do support bluetooth 4.0, it'll be able to do that too :)

      • Zacisblack

        Just about every new Android phone supports Bluetooth 4.0...

        • TechnoTinus

          your information is incorrect, android does not support bluetooth 4.0
          I have a One X with bt 4.0 without an api so none of the bt 4.0 gadgets wll work with my or any other android phone

  • letsplaaay

    Now I wish I had considered this more seriously and backed it :( So, since the funding is over, does this mean the only way to have one is to purchase one?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      As opposed to paying for it in advance and therefore committing the act of puchasing?

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Now I just need my Pebble to be shipped. Any early Kickstarter backers who received their shipment notice?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Jeremiah did, he'll post this review when he uses it for a while.