Pebble was one of the first products of its kind. It was born from KickStarter and put the modern smartwatch on the map before larger companies swooped in and made it their own. Its simplistic interface and vast library of third-party applications was just enough to grow a cult-following.
The smartwatch that started it all
After Fitbits acquisition of Pebble last year, many of you who use a Pebble have shown concern about what happens after Pebbles cloud services are shut down. The Pebble platform currently relies on a number of cloud-based services to perform things like OTA updates, account syncing, voice replies, and even the weather.
In order to prepare Pebble owners for when this does happen, an update has been pushed to the Pebble app that will allow you to skip right past the login process (which will no longer work in the future). This curbs Pebbles main dependencies on cloud-based services.
Pebbles latest blog post reads: weve been setting the table for the Pebble ecosystems next major transition. Were working hard to make sure Pebble users can keep enjoying their smartwatch experience for as long as possible. If Pebble really wants this to happen, it should open source the whole platform. Were sure that theres a large enough group of developers that would love to support their favorite smartwatch.
Would that work in theory? Yeah, but it probably isnt what Fitbit has in mind for the platform. After all, if Fitbit wanted to keep the Pebble alive, it wouldnt be planning on shutting down Pebbles services. Itll be interesting to see what Fitbit gets out of Pebble and whether or not we, as consumers, will get to see a direct influence caused by the acquisition.
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