Pebble may have sold its best parts to Fitbit, but it looks like its customers won’t be abandoned. A post on its developer blog outlined what the transition period will look like, and what its loyal fans can expect from now on.
At the core of it, Pebble will continue to support existing devices going into 2017. It will be looking to decouple its current apps and services from the cloud system that was bought by Fitbit. This is simply to allow apps to continue functioning as normal.
Pebble’s smart features like voice diction and messaging are also being evaluated. These rely on third party services to function, and the company is still looking into what can be done on this front. That being said, it is likely that these will go away unless an open-source option appears.
For now, Pebble is still encouraging developers to support apps on its platform; although there is good reason to assume that most will be looking to abandon their work.
Fitbit bought Pebble’s software and IPs for an undisclosed sum last week, and the company has yet to say anything beyond the original press release. Pebble, on the other hand, has been actively explaining the situation to its fans. There’s little that can be done to keep the smartwatch alive, but it’s comforting to know that there is positive engagement to soften the blow.