Into the Future
In the months since our last community update, we’ve been setting the table for the Pebble ecosystem’s next major transition. We’re working hard to make sure Pebble users can keep enjoying their smartwatch experience for as long as possible. We’re happy to share the progress made so far with Pebblers today as a part of our continuing efforts to honor Pebble's legacy, ecosystem, and functionality.
Greetings, Pebble Devs, from our new home at Fitbit!
After last week’s announcement and Dev Blog post, we wanted to share the latest about what the Pebble community can expect from our team’s migration to Fitbit, and what it means for Pebble’s software and services. We want to give you as much detail as possible about our short-term game plan and vision for the future.
Dear Pebble Devs,
We want to thank each and every one of you for your incredible contributions, feedback, feature requests, support, and—above all—friendship these past four years. Because of you, the Pebble smartwatch experience was phenomenal for over two million users in every corner of the globe. We’re closing a chapter today as Pebble shuts down hardware operations, but want you alongside us for a new adventure with Fitbit.
If you’ve been living under a rock, or have just been sunning yourself on the beach for the past week, you might have missed the launch of Pebble OS 4.0. This new version introduced some fantastic new features, such as the updated health app, timeline quick view, app glances, Rocky.js and a new system launcher.
I've been desperate to write a blog post about the Pebble HealthService API since it's initial release last month, and now I can finally share its awesomeness with you. I'm also going to show you how you can use this exciting new API to build an ultra-cool clone of the Stride watchface by Pebble.
For those that don’t already know, the RePhone smartstrap kit was part of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign by Seeed Studio to create the world’s first open source and modular smartphone. Part of their campaign was to create a smartstrap kit for Pebble Time that integrates with RePhone modules such as GPS, NFC, and external batteries. This is the first commercial smartstrap project I’ve managed to lay my hands on, and it’s awesome!
In October, we gave developers access to the microphone in the Pebble Time via our new Dictation API, and almost instantly we began seeing awesome projects utilising speech input. Voice recognition is an exciting new method of interaction for Pebble and it has created an opportunity for developers to enhance their existing applications, or create highly engaging new applications designed around the spoken word.
Speech-to-text has been integrated with Pebble by using the Recognizer cloud service from Nuance, a leading provider of voice and language solutions.
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