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You gotta love it when a community of developers congregates around some exciting hardware. That's certainly what's happened with the Pebble smartwatch: it's been getting steadily more capable ever since its release, thanks in no small part to Android and watch app developers. We've seen apps link the Pebble and the popular automaton engine Tasker before, but PebbleTasker (catchy!) does it better than anything else so far.

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This go-between app will install a companion app on the Pebble and allow you to assign any three tasks you want to the top, select, and bottom buttons on the right edge of the watch. Any task is fair game - some examples include taking a photo as a remote shutter, putting the phone on silent, or changing the screen brightness. A touch-and-hold function on the top and bottom buttons add another two tasks. With a long-press of the menu button you can access as many as twenty tasks without touching your phone. What's even more impressive is that you can dynamically change the available tasks based on a Tasker profile, so your watch display will adapt to the situations that Tasker detects or creates.

PebbleTasker is $1.99, which shouldn't bother anyone who's already a Tasker user. Tasker and the latest Pebble firmware are a prerequisite, and if you don't know your way around Tasker itself, you probably won't be able to get much out of the add-on. The app has received nearly perfect scores and the developer has been steadily adding features since PebbleTasker's release, so expect more good stuff to come.

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.
  • Jesse

    This is really old news. Not sure why it's so late. But, yes! Great app for Pebble and Tasker owners.

  • John

    I have it but i don't know much about coding, so i never got it to work on basic tasks like sounding an alarm when i press a button, i case i don't know where the phone is. But overall it seems a good app for everyone that knows how to use it.

  • Elislurry

    You should do a Pebble Watch App Roundup. There are a ton of awesome apps out there Music Boss, Glance, Pebble Dialer, Canvas for Pebble, Watch Trigger etc. Pebble Tasker is definitely one of my favs though

    • Kevin

      Agreed. I feel like there's been a lot of development on Pebble (both apps and the firmware), and I'd love to see what the current landscape looks like. Plus, it seems like every new smartwatch release only makes the Pebble look better in comparison (I'm looking at you, Galaxy Gear).

  • Amir

    But but... it activates Talk Balk with my GNote3... sammy...

  • KodeK Apps

    PebbleTasker developer here. Thanks for the review! I'm glad you guys find the app useful. If you have any questions, you can find me on Twitter (@KodeKApps). Enjoy!