Until Android Wear comes to consumers, Pebble is going to continue to have the most robust app ecosystem of any wearable device. Music Boss is a particularly impressive app for the Pebble. It connects to your phone to control music playback with the Pebble's built-in buttons. The most recent update streamlines the process a bit by properly detecting what's going on with the phone.

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Here's the changelog for v1.8.2.1.

  • Music Boss now supports native song information display for all apps that post notifications to the status bar for all versions of Android (4.0+) (Spotify, Songza, Audible, Pandora, TuneIn and more).
  • Music Boss can now detect the music app you are currently using and automatically switch to it! Preferences/General Preferences.

The universal song display expands the usefulness of this app, but the second point is probably more notable. Music Boss can detect the active music app and switch to it automatically. This saves you from manually selecting it. It's not like that's the most arduous thing in the world, but this is the kind of thing a smart watch should be able to do. Make sure you restart the phone after updating to this version.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Elislurry

    This is probably the app I use most on my Pebble, its outstanding!

    • Anthony B

      For me, It's this and Glance - they work very well together. Music Boss for the music, Glance for the everything else

    • Anthony B

      For me, It's this and Glance - they work very well together. Music Boss for the music, Glance for the everything else

    • Ivan Martinez

      This app is AMAZING. Can't live without it on my Pebble

    • Clifford Rebelo

      How is it for track and volume control? I want a Pebble to strap onto my motorcycle to control music streaming from my phone to speakers so the easier the better (and safer).

      • Jonathan

        I think you'd really enjoy the track and volume control Music Boss has to offer while riding your motorcycle. I only wish I had it when i was riding mine a couple of years back :)

      • Elislurry

        Its a single press for volume change and a double press for skipping songs, you can also reverse these if you want.

        • Clifford Rebelo

          Sounds perfect, hopefully I'll find one on sale but definitely getting one soon. Thanks for the info.

  • Seth Merritt

    Pebble pretty much has to switch to Wear to survive right?