Still haven’t decided whether or not to pick up a Pebble smartwatch, aka the darling of Kickstarter? AT&T is giving you another location to purchase the e-paper-powered-notification-wrist-thingy in yet another “exclusive” deal. That’s right, AT&T is the exclusive carrier partner of Pebble, though we’re not exactly sure of the point there or what that means.
The watch will run $150 starting September 27, and no, there isn’t a contract anywhere in sight, which is surprising. Even with no connectivity other than Bluetooth, we’re almost shocked that an “exclusive” carrier partner wouldn’t figure out a way to lock you into something extensive during your purchase.
Our Pebble review is still around, in case you haven’t read through it yet.
Best Buy also sells the Pebble for $150, so don’t feel like AT&T is your only option.
Due to increased demand, Pebble has partnered with Best Buy to make their popular smartwatch available across the country in retail shops. The device will sell for $149.99, is available online today, and will reach store shelves by July 7. The black version (Jet Black) is the only model currently available, but the Pebble team has plans to make the red version available in August.
Be sure to read our full review of the Pebble if you haven’t yet, but are considering joining the wearable tech trend.
All of the details can be found below. (more…)
Since day 1 with my unlocked HTC One, I have experienced issues with the lock screen of the device, and for the life of me could not figure out the problem. Well, until today, thanks to the Play store release of Floating Notifications. During the initial launch tutorial for the app, the developer made reference to an HTC Sense 5 bug that was breaking the lock screen if a user enabled any of the services under the Accessibility setting. As someone who uses a Pebble, and it’s pairing app that requires an Accessibility service to be turned on, this was the exact root to my problems. (more…)
Pebble, the darling smartwatch of Kickstarter, received an update today that makes receiving multiple notifications manageable, finally. In the past, one of our biggest criticisms had to do with new notifications wiping out previously received notifications before you could even finish reading them. In today’s update, as long as multiple notifications are received “within a short timeframe,” Pebble will allow you to use the up and down buttons to switch between them. This makes the Pebble immediately more functional and useful. (more…)
Two weeks ago, the Pebble team released their new SDK that allows for developers to build 2-way communication into apps so that interacting with your smartwatch is no longer a one-sided affair. One of the first to utilize this new power is an app called Pebble Ringer. Once installed on both your phone and then your Pebble watch, the app can change your smartphone’s ringer from silent to vibrate to ring. That’s really all it does, but you can see through a simple app such as this, how important 2-way communication between your smartphone and Pebble can be. You no longer have to pull your phone out of your pocket to silence or set it to vibrate – you can do it all from the watch.
Now that Pebble has shipped almost all of their original batch of smartwatches out to backers of their Kickstarter project, they are ready to ship devices out to the first set of pre-orders. Those who ordered black or cherry red Pebbles will receive an email asking for confirmation of shipping addresses this week. If you went with orange, grey, or white Pebbles, you’ll have to wait for Kickstarter backers to receive theirs first, a process which is still ongoing. (more…)
Kickstarter seems to be the number one choice for upstarts with a smartwatch in mind to seek funding these days. Agent “the world’s smartest watch” is the latest in a long line that includes tech darlings like the Pebble. And actually, this new Agent watch seems like nothing more than a thicker (and potentially uglier depending on your taste in watch designs) version of the Pebble, but with one difference – it has Qi wireless charging built in. The promo video shows a watch with a “Memory” display that’s a combination of an e-paper and LCD displays, that can be paired with your phone and used to tell the time, show weather, control music players, act as a pedometer, and show you incoming calls or messages. (more…)
Pebble, the Kickstarter smartwatch darling, released a new version of their SDK today which allows for 2-way communication between apps and the watch itself. In other words, you can use the watch to control external devices, to play multi-player games, check-in through social apps, integrate with sports apps better, and more. (more…)