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Pebble is Dead: 5 smartwatches you should buy instead

Pebble is dead! Long live Pebble! Everybody's favorite underdog wearable startup is no longer. Pebble has officially been acquired by San Francisco-based fitness tracker Fitbit. Say it ain't so. Oh, it be so. We know the deal is worth about $40 million. Those that backed Pebble on Kickstarter for its new models...
Pebble 2 Smartwatch Review - Screen comparison Pebble Time

Is the Pebble smartwatch a goner? All eyes on Fitbit… (Update: Yes, it’s over)

Update 12.7.2016 9:10am PT: And it's official. Here's Kickstarter Update 17 "The Time of Our Lives" which explains the refund process for existing Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core backers. Also, here's Eric's final blog post, "Pebble's Next Step." Reaction is, predictably, pitchfork ready. These are essentially farewells. Lots of...
5 Reasons Why the Smartwatch Market Tanked

5 reasons why the smartwatch market took a dramatic nosedive

It was the next big thing. Until it became a boring party trick.
Pebble Health App Updates 2016

Pebble 4.0 is here, all about “glance and go” and fitness tracking

In advance of its next wave of smartwatches -- Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 -- the upstart company that continues to innovate where others have slowed has released a significant update. Pebble today took the wraps off its latest software update. The Silicon Valley-based wearable company says the new 4.0 release...
Pebble OS 4 - Timeline Quick View

Pebble smartwatch OS update brings unobstructed, Wear-like notifications

Pebble just keeps getting better and better. But will it be enough? Nextgen Pebble smartwatches are around the corner. In the coming months the Silicon Valley upstart will ship the Pebble 2 ($129) and Pebble Time 2 ($199). Update models include heart rate monitors, larger e-paper displays, and even better...
Pebble Time vs Pebble Time 2 bezel size

Wearables Report: Was Pebble’s $12.8 million Kickstarter campaign a success?

Perspective, it's an an interesting thing. By all accounts Pebble's third Kickstarter campaign -- for two updated Pebble smartwatches and an Android-powered fitness tracker aimed at runners -- is a smashing success: 66,673 backers $12,779,843 pledged Not too shabby. In fact the result ranks it as third highest ever Kickstarter. As a long-time Pebble...
Apple Watch OS 3 WWDC

Apple watchOS 3: Apps to load up to 7x faster

The agony may soon come to an end. Anyone who owns an Apple Watch know the one huge, frustrating issue that plagues the wearable: apps are so very, very slow. As in so slow, many choose never to use them at all, instead using the Apple Watch primarily for notifications...
Android Wear 2.0 Preview & Thoughts

Android Wear 2.0 UI a mixed bag — thoughts on Google’s upcoming update

Google is putting the finishing touches on its first major update to Android Wear, the smartwatch operating system that debuted over two years ago. Wear 2.0 is expected to ship later this year, and, along with it, I'm expecting will see a bevy of new watches running it. There's a...
Pebble 2 Kickstarter Campaign Breaks $10 million

Pebble Kickstarter campaign breaks $10 million mark – demand strong for low-cost wearables

The demand, she is a strong. Today, Pebble's 2016 Kickstarter broke the $10 million (USD) mark. To date, over 52,000 people have backed the campaign. Good news for Pebble: there's still 26 days to go before funding closes. That Pebble has already surpassed $10 million in pledges seems to suggest consumers like what...
Pebble Core - Amazon Alexa voice recognition announcement

Pebble teams with Amazon, adds Alexa voice search to new wearable (Analysis)

"Alexa, ask Pebble how the Kickstarter campaign is doing." Another savvy move by Pebble. Today, the Redwood City wearable maker announced its upcoming Pebble Core wearable will feature Amazon's Alexa voice search assistant. This means you could use a voice command while you're running, for instance, to play a song. Or ask any...