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Pebble fans have been faithfully following each step of the breakout smartwatch since it set almost every Kickstarter record ever. While most of the big news has died down, that doesn't mean the development team is on a break. To speed up the process of getting new features and bug fixes out to eager users, Pebble is opening up an official beta channel through the Play Store. These betas are technically for the Pebble companion app, but since the app also installs firmware updates on the watch, it's likely that you'll be able to get in on all of the new features.

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Opting in to receive beta updates for Pebble is a lot like any other beta sign-up on Google Play. The one notable difference is that Pebble chose to use Google Groups instead of a Google+ Community to act as its home base for discussion. If you're ready to jump on the beta bus, first join the Pebble Android Beta Group, then opt-in on the Play Store page. It may take a little while for the Play Store to register your updated status, but there should be an update to v2.0.16 waiting for you soon enough.

Here is the changelog for v2.0.16:

  • Adds an improved user interface for managing the connection to your Pebble
  • Adds support for automatically changing the color of the Pebble graphics based on the color of the connected Pebble
  • Fixes a bug where the time on the Pebble would not update when the phone's time was updated
  • Various bug fixes and stability improvements

As always, remember that the apps distributed through beta channels are generally not as thoroughly tested or as stable as the regular channels, so you may experience some additional complications. It's still usually worth some added frustration to gain early access to new features and try out the latest bug fixes, especially for enthusiasts and developers.

Source: Pebble Developer Blog

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • mantra2

    Awesome! Been loving my Pebble, will be great to get some early features going forward without having to mess with manual updates.

  • RantGirlRants

    I am the techie in my family. They all ask me for recommendations about technology. I like the Pebble watch. But, I had a very bad experience with their customer service. I got rid of my watch and actively recommend people look elsewhere for a smartwatch.

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

      Too bad you had such a bad experience. On my end everything works well, and I wouldn't switch for any of the other smartwatches on the market at this time.

      • RantGirlRants

        I like the watch, but I had a REALLY bad experience with their customer service. Back when they decided to start releasing Black Pebbles through Best Buy, I emailed their customer service about it.

        I had pre-ordered a Black Pebble and I wasn't happy that instead of filling pre-orders they were putting them up for retail. I was told that the Best Buy release was done in order to get more Pebbles out to people faster. I asked why have pre-orders then.

        I got a response saying, "Since you feel that strongly about this issue, I've taken the liberty of canceling your Pre-Order. Please do not contact us regarding this issue again."

        Never got an answer to any of the three replies I sent.

        If that's the face/voice of a company, I have no desire to do business with them. So, I badmouth Pebble at any opportunity. Great device. Not so great people.

        • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

          I'd be curious to see your contact to them, word for word. Something tells me they wouldn't respond like that unless it was warranted. Speaking from my own experience, I've not had any complaints with their customer service other than when I replaced my first black pebble (dead screen) it took them a long time to respond.

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

            And if they don't respond, you can push your case through their twitter account or contacting a rep on Reddit at /r/pebble

            I owned my Pebble since the Kickstarter, and had been satisfied with the customer service so far. I even upgraded to the Pebble Steel, which feel much more durable.

        • http://nexworx.com/ Dries

          I agree with @ack154:disqus, seems like there's more to your story than you're sharing. The fact that the wrote "Since you feel that strongly about this issue" kinda implies that you were out of line in the first place in previous communications. Just because you buy something from a company doesn't mean that you are exempt from treating their customer service reps like human beings.

          (Also, your username seems hilariously relevant here, although it might be a coincidence. Not passing any judgement here. :) )

  • Crispin Swickard

    The app color matching up with the color of your pebble is nifty. Glad I have a black steel. B) Now to go edit the icon to match also..

  • kpjimmy

    Manage connection is a must have since the OG Pebble glad they added that back in.