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Pebble smartwatch owners have been without a reliable way to receive notifications for Google instant messages since Hangouts was launched at Google I/O, at least if they rely on first-party solutions. Today's update to the official Pebble app changes that, with native support for the Hangouts app for both messages and video Hangout requests. If you've remained faithful to the older Google Talk app, it's still supported as well.

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Other changes are sparse: the official changelog mentions only the standard stability tweaks and some developer-side improvements. Feedback from reviews in the Play Store are positive, and on my own Pebble unit, things are working just fine. Remember that there are plenty of third-party alternatives for system-wide notifications, like Pebble Notifier, if you get tired of waiting for the official app to update.

What's in this version:

New in 1.8.2:
* Support for Google Hangouts
* Various stability improvements
* Enhancements for third-party app developers

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.
  • Christopher Lee

    Pebble Notifier, while great, really had a lousy time handling Hangouts (weirdly formatted notifications being the big issue). Incredibly glad to see first (well, second?) party support.

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

    Glad to finally see official support for Hangouts.

    One annoyance I've found:
    If you receive an instant message fron Hangouts there isn't a problem, it will show you the sender's name and the message. However if you receive a second message from the same person it will show the name and say "2 new messages", which is pretty useless if your phone is in your pocket, and it defeats the watch's purpose..

    • SolarWind

      this happens because all it is doing it sending you the notification that would show in the notification shade of the phone. The notifications pushed to Pebble are not magic, they only show what would be shown in a normal android notification.