07
May
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Yesterday Pebble-wearing Android users gained the ability to control Pandora from their wrists. This was cool stuff for Pandora listeners, but now the brainy watch is getting an update that will affect all owners, regardless of their listening preferences. A 2.1 firmware upgrade is rolling out to devices via the Android companion app.

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On the user-facing side, there's one standout new feature - the watch now has a menu entry for clearing your notification history. In addition, the new firmware should improve Bluetooth reliability when reconnecting a Pebble to a device. For the most part, though, the changelog consists primarily of bugfixes.

What's new:

Pebble Firmware 2.1

  • Notifications can be cleared via Settings » Notifications » Clear History.
  • Improved consistency of battery monitoring.
  • Improved Bluetooth reliability when reconnecting.
  • Fixed caller ID sometimes not displaying on outgoing calls.
  • Bug fixes and improvements.

Android Pebble App 2.0.15.1

  • Hotfix for a crash-on-boot issue some Android 2.0.15 users were seeing.
  • No other major changes from version 2.0.15.

Granted, this doesn't matter all that much to people like us. We're going to update things just to see the version number go up. It's simply what we do.

Source: Pebble

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Alex2190

    how do i force mine to update?

    • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

      Open the Pebble app on your Android (or iOS, shudder) device, and it should prompt you to check for updates.

    • Some Dude

      It *should*, but it probably won't. Easiest way is to head into your menu, click support, and click the big red update button.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    If this update really fixes Bluetooth, it certainly does matter to me!
    With 2.0, the connection between my Pebble Steel and my Nexus 5 was so unreliable that I deeply regretted buying it, what good is a smart watch if it's being dumb half the time?
    Last week's Android app update improved things a lot, but it's not yet perfect. I haven't seen any changes with this firmware update, but it's still early days.

  • hogmeister

    The Bluetooth connection is still an issue, but it is now a lot more stable than it was. I'm running a Moto on 4.4.2. There is still a way to in my opinon

  • Dawn Reynolds

    My Pebble crashed during the update and is useless now. I have a sad face on my screen. Now what?