Pebble smartwatch now supports Android Wear

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The popular Pebble smartwatch has come a long way since it started life as a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign in 2012.

In December, Pebble revealed that it had sold more than 1,000,000 devices worldwide and today announced a bit of news that is likely to be very much welcomed by Pebble smartwatch owners

The news is that the Pebble smartwatch now supports notifications and interactions with Android Wear, meaning that users can receive SMS notifications and use any of the other functions available on Android Wear straight from their Pebble watch. The update will also allow you to receive WhatsApp notifications.

The update is available on Android when paired with a device running Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or higher and is also available to iOS users.

Offering support to Android Wear is a smart move by Pebble, given that it is the dominant operating system on the majority of smart watches and wearables sold worldwide currently.

As the smartwatch market gets ever more competitive, Pebble will soon be going head to head with the new and very stylish LG Watch Urbane, not to mention the Apple Watch which is due to be released in April and which is expected to bring the whole smartwatch industry more into the mainstream.

Pebble Android App 2.3.0 Release Notes

  • 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.

Pebble iOS App 2.6.4 Release Notes

  • Adds the latest JavaScript Pebble apps available for iOS users in the Pebble appstore.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • No major changes from Pebble iOS App v2.6.
  • Download 2.6.4 from the iTunes App Store.

Source: Pebble

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