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There was one black spot on our mostly favorable review of the Pebble smartwatch: the music control app just didn't work on some phones. As stated in the review, that's probably got more to do with the phone in question than Pebble's software, since it worked just fine on two separate Nexus devices. Even so, the people at Pebble have been listening, and the latest update to the official app includes a music player selection feature. It will scan your device for music apps and let you choose which one your watch will default to.

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After trying out the update on my DROID RAZR M (which, again, would only display track information on the Pebble and not control it) the Music app on the Pebble works great. Only the Google Music app will remotely display without outside apps like the Pebble Notifier, but the Bluetooth A2DP controls seem to work with everything. Since this is the only function of the Pebble that directly controls instead of notifies, it's good to see that they're paying attention to it.

Other changes include a more urgent Accessibility service message and standard bug fixes. As far as I can tell, it hasn't broken functionality with any of the third party apps we've reported on thus far.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Vivek Bhatia

    If anyone has a pebble and Amazon mp3 cloud player, please let us know if this'll control that.

    • Nussy

      I cannot get my Amazon MP3 to control through my pebble. Sometimes it will show the song playing, though. Very confusing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I'm hoping it works with PowerAmp :)

    • http://twitter.com/fariflux Farid Martínez Yd

      It works perfectly with PowerAmp. :D

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        Sweet! Thanks!

  • Guy Hoang

    Works great with Google Play. Not so much with Pandora.

  • CuriousCursor

    The "Pebble 7826" is disturbing me, maybe because I read about the Stanford experiment some days ago.

    • http://insight.pinkonbrown.org/ Dr P Fenderson

      MAC addresses must make you wake up in cold sweats.

      • CuriousCursor

        I don't think you know what exactly disturbed me. Numbers are used in prison to dehumanize the prisoners. In the Stanford experiment, the subjects started identifying themselves by their numbers instead of names even though they were told at the beginning that it was an experiment.

        • http://insight.pinkonbrown.org/ Dr P Fenderson

          I know exactly what you're talking about, and I don't think you really understand the point of that study. That's why I made the comment I did. The point wasn't dehumanization through numbers. That was one simple tactic to remove the human qualities of the prisoner - and there were many. The main point was the separation into two groups and the uniforms - groupthink was a very powerful deciding factor in the behaviors they took towards the other group. It's called Deindividuation. This is directly related to the Illusion of Asymmetric Insight, where you form groups and immediately believe that other groups are wrong or "lesser" just because they are different. If you read through the experiment carried out by Dr. Muzafer Sherif, you will see that the same effect was achieved without the dehumanizing factors - which again shows that they had negligible effect in the drive that the groups in the Stanford experiment had against each other.

          My comment about MAC addresses was about that. There's not really any difference between numbering a device the Pebble way, or the fact that you device is really only identified through its MAC address (which all wired devices will have). In fact, in recent times the courts have wrongfully identified individuals for prosecution based on their IP addresses. However, there is a drive to change this targeting to instead be based on MAC addresses - another totally flawed system. So, as you see, I was directly relating your notion about the dehumanizing aspect of a "device ID" to the real-world extreme of that idea, which is the identification and prosecution of a person based on a hardware ID.

          • CuriousCursor

            okay fair enough. I should read that second study that you mentioned.

  • http://twitter.com/FallenHeero FallenHeero

    will this work with spotify?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.sievertz Dennis Sievertz

    it works great with spotify on nexus 4 :)

  • Jeff B

    They also added the option to turn off notifications when your phone's screen is turned on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/James.Webb96 James Webb

    doubleTwist compatibility?