Pebble upgraded its own wearable ecosystem for a time in which the new owner Fitbit no longer offer the previously required for operating the clocks cloud services. Therefore, new apps for iOS and Android come without cloud or login from a Pebble account – which previously required input can be skipped.
Also new apps or new firmware versions for the SmartWatch can be with the new software for the smartphone in the future without authentication via a server or the official App Store, download and install.
[…] if a Pebble authentication server can’t be reached, the mobile apps will let Pebble devices keep working. The login process can be skipped, apps can be side-loaded, and the latest watch firmware (including language packs) can be installed.
Developers did not want to take over
Pebble had made no bones about its own opinion on the takeover by Fitbit in December 2016 and little explains enthusiastically: ” We no longer operate as an independent company and have set the regular operation. We produce, advertise and sell new devices or products more. The individual support is no longer available. Pebble users can still find at retailers like Amazon compatible cables and other accessories. “
Of the future, the developers had painted a bleak picture: ” The functionality and quality of service (the Pebble products, Editor’s note) can be limited over time. Users can not exchange under the guarantee agreement Pebble watches. We do not expect to continue to publish regular software updates or new features for Pebble Smart Watches. Our new mission is to incorporate our expertise in future Fitbit products. “
App for Android and iOS in version 4.4
The new Pebble app for iOS in version 4.4 is already in the App Store, the new app for Android for now only for participants in the beta program. The final version will follow shortly.