If you are still using a Pebble smartwatch, it’s time to update the Pebble app on your smartphone. Pebble recently released an update that removes the wearable’s dependence on cloud services, so you can keep using your Pebble even after its servers have gone down.
It’s been a couple of months since Fitbit acquired Pebble. Once the acquisition took place, all of Pebble’s on-going products were immediately put to a halt. Those who backed the Pebble 2, Time 2, Time Round and Core on Kickstarter were refunded, and Pebble promised that existing Pebble devices would continue to work as normal. Pebble is staying true to its promise with this latest update.
Once updated, your Pebble will be able to function independently even if online servers are not accessible for any reason. You can still continue to side-load apps, the latest firmware, and even language packs. Sadly, Pebble did not mention anything about apps like weather, messaging and such, which are all based on cloud services; at least you can still use the basic functions of the watch because let’s face it, its significantly longer battery life (compared to Apple Watch and Android Wear) puts Pebble among one of the best smartwatches available.
iOS users can update their Pebble app from the App Store now. Android users enrolled in the Pebble beta program can download the update from Pebble’s beta channel. The update will be released to the public on the Play Store soon after the beta channel release. Check out Pebble now to find out more about its latest update.