Pebble

  • The Anvil Problem

    The Anvil Problem

    Over a decade ago I was a happy man. In about 2002 I bought an Archos Jukebox. It was 6GB monstrosity, clad in metal and full of huge batteries, and it contained a clicking, whirring 2.5-inch hard drive. I used it to listen to music and even hacked it to run a home-brew operating system complete with games and media controls. For a while I was quite content with my crazy MP3 player and, although… Read More

  • Pebble Founder Emphasizes Multi-Year Lead On Android Wear And Google’s Smartwatch Ambitions

    Pebble Founder Emphasizes Multi-Year Lead On Android Wear And Google’s Smartwatch Ambitions

    Pebble is one company that came to mind when Google unveiled its Android Wear smartwatch (and eventually, other wearables) development platform. The small startup has been creating smartwatch hardware for years now, first as the Allerta inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry devices, and then reinvented as the Pebble, the Kickstarter success that proved to the world smartwatches could be more than just… Read More

  • Pebble Gets Its Tamagotchi With New Hatchi Game Launch

    Pebble Gets Its Tamagotchi With New Hatchi Game Launch

    Virtual pets are a natural fit for the wrist-borne Pebble smartwatch, and it was only a matter of time before a Tamagotchi-inspired app made its way to the platform. One of the new games debuting for Pebble at GDC this year is Hatchi, which is exactly that. The app originally appeared on iPhone, and on both platforms it features a pixelated pet for you to play with, though on the watch the… Read More

  • Pebble Kicks Off An Online Hackathon To Find And Reward The Best SDK 2.0 Smartwatch Apps

    Pebble Kicks Off An Online Hackathon To Find And Reward The Best SDK 2.0 Smartwatch Apps

    Pebble is launching an online software challenge, powered by ChallengePost, which begins today – right now, in fact. Developers who are interested in participating can submit new or existing apps designed for Pebble’s recently launched version 2.0 software development kit, and have two weeks to get those apps in. Once Pebble has collected all the submissions on March 23rd… Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 23: Samsung’s Music Milk Shake, HTC’s One 2 Punch

    TC Droidcast Episode 23: Samsung’s Music Milk Shake, HTC’s One 2 Punch

    This week on the TechCrunch Droidcast, I’m joined by Chris Velazco as he shares his recent MWC memories. We also dig into Samsung’s new Milk Music streaming radio service, and the Pebble 2.0 software for Android, as well as HTC’s upcoming One flagship smartphone announcement. It’s a crazy, crazy time in Android land, if only because it’s new phone season, since spring… Read More

  • Pebble Appstore Comes To Android, Alongside New Partner Apps From eBay, Evernote And TWC

    Pebble Appstore Comes To Android, Alongside New Partner Apps From eBay, Evernote And TWC

    Smartwatch maker Pebble has finally released its full version 2.0 app for Android devices, following a public beta originally brought the software and the Pebble Appstore to smartphones using Google’s mobile OS last month. The update, if you haven’t used the beta or if you’re not an iPhone owner, offers the ability to search for, install and manage new apps and watchfaces for… Read More

  • Pebble Launches Its Appstore For iOS, Android Version Coming Soon

    Pebble Launches Its Appstore For iOS, Android Version Coming Soon

    Pebble started shipping its new Pebble Steel hardware last week, but until today, the version of the companion app available to the general public didn’t contain any of the version 2.0 goodness that granted access to the Pebble appstore. The new appstore is being billed as the “first open platform for sharing apps optimized for wearables” by Pebble, and as of today, it’s… Read More

  • Purr Pebble Smartwatch App Vibrates Your Life Away In 5 Minute Chunks

    Purr Pebble Smartwatch App Vibrates Your Life Away In 5 Minute Chunks

    Yesterday, a new faceless “watch” called Durr that simply vibrates every five minutes got a big feature over at Verge. It’s an interesting concept, and in his article Aaron Souppouris compared the experience to that of wearing a Pebble. That inspired a Pebble developer to try to accomplish the same thing, albeit without the need for a brand new device, and the result is Purr, an… Read More

  • Pebble Steel And Pebble Appstore Review: The Smartwatch Grows Up

    Pebble Steel And Pebble Appstore Review: The Smartwatch Grows Up

    The new Pebble Steel (which starts shipping today) has a lot in common with its predecessor, but it also comes with a software update that makes any and all Pebbles into essentially new devices, so the overall experience of owning one is actually quite different, and (spoiler alert) much improved. Basics 5-7 day battery 144×168 e-ink display 56g (1.97 oz) Waterproof to 5ATM RGB LED Metal case… Read More

  • The Sidekick Gives Your Pebble A Place To Rest Its Head And Recharge

    The Sidekick Gives Your Pebble A Place To Rest Its Head And Recharge

    The Pebble smartwatch is a great gadget in many respects, but the one thing that has always struck me as less than convenient is the fact that it uses a proprietary magnetic cable to charge. I lose said cable with fair frequency, and in fact I have no idea where it is right at this very moment. New Kickstarter project Sidekick will at least make it harder to lose, with a Pebble dock that holds… Read More