02
Jul
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Pebble is having a big day. A few hours after announcing their first retailer partnership with the omnipresent Best Buy, they've kicked out another software update for the smartwatch, which adds bugfixes and... well just bugfixes, and now the screen backlight flashes when you plug it into its charger to let you know that it's charging. More changes will become apparent when the next version of the Pebble Kit SDK is sent out. To update your Pebble, just open the official app on your phone.

What's new

  • The backlight now turns on momentarily when a charger is connected.
  • Goodies for watchapp developers that will be unlocked when the new version of PebbleKit is released.

What we fixed:

  • Subject/sender cutoff in notifications with long subjects/senders.
  • The motion backlight from sporadically not working.
  • Factory reset to disable the QC app and perform the reset.
  • Long click release after changing the action bar icon.
  • Presentation of some graphics.

Also, those backers and pre-order customers who chose the white option for their Pebble should be getting it soon. The first batch of white Pebbles has been shipped, and the rest are being made at the moment. Once the last of the white Pebbles ships, the creators should have fulfilled their commitment to the tens of thousands of people who backed the original Kickstarter project or ordered a watch during the pre-release stage.

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And not that this has anything to do with anything, but the white Pebble with its matching strap looks pretty sweet. Check that sucker out.

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Pebble also highlighted the unofficial Watchface Generator, which is a pretty sweet way of getting an impressively customized watch face on your Pebble. The online tool now supports analog watch faces, complete with a handful of customizable styles and text/date options. Watch faces can be downloaded directly to your phone via a QR code, then transferred to your watch with the "untrusted source" option enabled in the Pebble app. Neat.

Source: Pebble Kickstarter

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.
  • Nata Greer

    It's a niche market. People who are extremely active will likely have one largely only for when they are biking/running. Others who love the idea of wrist watches will ultimately flock to some sort of smart watch whether it be this or Sony or Apple's soon to be. But it won't change people's lives; and this is exactly why it will never capture more than a small market. All it does is make is slightly more convenient that most people don't need on a regular enough basis.

    When I was in my early 20's, it was fashionable to wear a watch, but as soon as I got my first cell phone I found myself using a watch less and less until it was only an afterthought. This describes most the developed world at this point. If we want the time, we pull out our phone, see if there are any important messages, done. Older generation people still sometimes where watches, but I can't think of anyone I know younger than 40 that where watches anymore.

    Someone commented on it being safer than messing with car consul controls. Maybe, but it still isn't hands free. It requires you to take your eyes off the road just as you would a cell phone. Count on most countries creating laws against its use as a driver.

    It will sell enough to make it worth these companies continued interest in producing them. I'd even consider getting one for workouts and running. But at the end of the day, it is Google Glass (love it or hate it) that is the forerunner for the next great technological advancement. There are countless possibilities for Glass that we haven't even imagined that in 10 years will seem commonplace.

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