The Pebble continues to chug along even with Android Wear garnering most of the limelight among the Android faithful. Today's Pebble update adds a few new features, some borrowed from Wear, and some that improve on it. You'll need the recently released v2.9 firmware and the just released app (v2.3), but it's quick to update.

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Here's the changelog for the newest version of the Pebble app.

  • Android Wear Notifications. Reply and act on Android Wear notifications (requires Firmware v2.9+).
  • Pebbler-defined replies. Set your own replies to notifications (up to five, so get creative, buddy!).
  • Reply from Pebble using most Android-compatible SMS messaging apps.
  • Automatic app and watchface updates when Pebble is idle.
  • Support for Android 4.0+ devices.
  • Fixed Issues with Whatsapp notifications.
  • UTF-8 support in PebbleKit JS.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

The app will allow you to update to the newest firmware, which has its own changelog.

  • NEW: Android Actionable Notifications. Adds support for actionable notifications and Android Wear compatibility for Pebbles paired with Android smartphones running v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher and the Pebble Android app v2.3.0 or higher.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

Pebble's idea of "Android Wear notifications" are really just actionable notifications. Anything in Android with a button should work on a Pebble just like they do on Android Wear. The user-defined canned replies are something I've been craving on Wear for a long time. Yes, you can pull some shenanigans with some apps to make it work, but it's not the same as native support. You can set up to five of them in the Pebble app.

The updated features have been in beta for a while, but now everyone can head to the Play Store and update. So get to it.