Pebble was one of the first smartwatches to be released, but it didn’t do much and left many users disappointed. In a firmware update to be released later today, Pebble will natively support all iOS notifications that appear in the Notification Center on iOS 7 devices, not just email and SMS notifications.
From the Pebble blog:
Any notifications you’ve enabled in Notification Center on your iOS 7 device will appear on your Pebble — just like that. It’s easier than ever to pick and choose which updates you want to see on your watch. This includes notifications beyond calls, texts and emails, such as Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, Dropbox, WhatsApp, Flipboard and more. A new Pebble app for iOS will enable this functionality and is under review by Apple. Expect an update in the iTunes Store soon.
Here’s a video demoing the new functionality:
The update also enables Bluetooth LE on the Pebble smartwatch. Previously connections to the iPhone were made over Bluetooth 2.1. The move to Bluetooth LE is expected to lengthen battery life, but this hasn’t been tested yet.
The company’s also releasing a new version of their SDK to let developers:
- Interface directly with the web (real-time weather, transit info, location check-in),
- Access the accelerometer (health/fitness monitoring and gesture-based remote control),
- Log data when disconnected from the phone (health/fitness tracking)
- Store info on the watch (high scores for games, settings).
Foursquare, GoPro and Yelp are working on updates to their iOS apps to integrate these new developer facing features.
The company also revealed some numbers, with 190,000 Pebble watches sold, 50+ iOS and Android apps, and over 10,000 registered developers.