I asked myself in another context today, how the future of Pebble looks and whether I get my Pebble Time 2 still. Now this question has been resolved, today, Pebble sent to all supporters of their last kickstarter campaign the message that they are after the purchase by FitBit the shop now, no more Pebble more deliver and the current owner of a Pebble largely in the rain. Thanks Merkel Pebble & FitBit, for nothing 🙁
Background: Fitbit buys Pebble for about $ 40 million
Already the first Pebble was unique in the area of the Smartwatches: Instead of on a touch display and a lot of features, one put on a robust clock with long Akkulaufzeit, which played with both Android and iOS smartphones. And even if the Pebble up to the Pebble Time Steel always came somewhat old fashioned – alone the wide edge around the display is incomprehensible untimely – but by good ideas, intelligent features and last but not least for a Smartwatch almost unbeatable recharge time of over a week The loosely compensated.
Alone of the step counter: Where others put on stubborn day goals, Pebble has begun to put the daily step number into a total context. Who wants to know that once again he has not reached his arbitrary goal of a thousand-fold steps, if he has really succeeded in significantly increasing the daily number of the last week? Maybe it’s up to me, but a “Today you’ve made 30% more steps than on an average Wednesday” is clearly more motivating than a simple “Hey, today were 15,637 steps”.
And yes, I was looking forward to my PebbleTime 2: a larger display, less mourning edge, plus a heart rate monitor – that sounded promising. And the software updates lately indicated that the new Smartwatch could be really cool. The Pebble Core also sounded like a great idea, and now? Now FitBit and Pebble show a big, ugly stinkfinger to all supporters of the campaign as well as to all current owners of a Pebble. Otherwise one can not interpret the mail. This is still garnishing with a little marketing and “Hach, we are not all great” -Blahblah.
Anyone familiar with Team Pebble knows full well: keeping quiet is not our style. Pebble
After first apologizing for the long silence, the announcement of the end follows directly:
Fitbit has agreed to acquire key Pebble assets. Due to several factors, Pebble can no longer operate as an independent entity, and we have made the tough decision to shut down the company. The deal finalized today preserves as much of Pebble as possible.
We also probably were wrong with the assumption that FitBit had bought the whole store – apparently FitBit bought out only the file pieces of the company and thus the enterprise Pebble the basis was withdrawn.
Pebble says goodbye to its customers and developers (symbolic image)
From now on, Pebble will no longer manufacture, promote, or sell hardware – a bit like mocking sounds as the message that all smartwatches out there continue to run, especially considering the fact that Pebble has any support beyond the content of the site , As well as all warranty claims and, of course, the further development of the software pulls the plug
Active Pebble watches will work normally for now. Functionality or service quality may be reduced down the road. We do not have to wait for release regular software updates or new Pebble features. Pebble’s unique wearables fitbit products. We are also working to reduce the potential for the future.
Brüller, really. This means that FitBit did not want to take over the whole store and the products, perhaps this deal would not have been worthwhile for FitBit anymore. For the topic of crowdfunding, this means that you have to mention not only the sales records of Pebble, but also the really bad exit, which represents a kick in the ass of all supporters.
One-to-one Pebble support is no longer available. Any Pebble currently does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information.
Yes, thank you for nothing. For the support, you will be referred to the help pages, the community forum and Reddit (sic!), For spare parts to dealers who still have this partly in stock.
All Baker, who have not yet received their Pebble, will not get any more – after all, the money paid will be repaid. Important: If you – like me – have made payment with a credit card that has expired, you should contact your bank, so that the money is also real