I am pleased to today announce that version 4.0-rc4 of the
pebble tool is now
available. The key new feature is a new paradigm for dealing with firmware and
SDK versions. This makes it much easier to deal with differing SDK versions, or
to test code on multiple (emulated) firmware versions.
A note: while the tool is now at version 4.0, the SDK, firmware and mobile apps will not be following. Pebble tool versioning is now completely independent of the rest of the Pebble ecosystem.
This is another in a series of technical articles provided by the members of the Pebble software engineering team. This article describes some recent work done at Pebble to develop a Pebble emulator based on the QEMU project (QEMU, short for Quick EMUlator, is a generic, open source machine emulator and virtualizer).
Today we released SDK 2.6.1, which includes support for background workers. This enables great activity tracking apps like Misfit and Jawbone's Up to keep counting in the background — and you can use them too! Head over to our background worker guide and read through the API documentation to find out how.
We have also added APIs for direct access to the framebuffer, and to retrieve information on the watch, including its color and firmware version.
Browse through the release notes for full details.
We are pleased to announce that we will soon be automatically updating apps installed from the Pebble appstore. We believe this will be a significant improvement to your ability to get your work into the hands of your users, as well as to the user experience.
However, as developers, you need to make sure that your app is ready for these updates. In particular, you will need to make sure that your app conforms to our new version numbering, and that it can tolerate persistent storage left over from old app versions.
Today we're adding a new feature to CloudPebble that will make it easier than ever to build your watchfaces and watchapps! The new UI Editor will let you graphically build the user interface for your C app; you can then use the generated C to build anything you like.
It's now even easier to get started with Pebble development or prototype new ideas!
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