When we talk about modern smartwatches, we usually think of a small color touchscreen that is worn around the wrist. The Pebble watch, while lacking these features, could be considered among the first smartwatches as it was paired with a phone and was able to display some notifications in addition to controlling some apps. The Pebble has changed over time in terms of hardware and software, and now, the company is releasing a native fitness-tracking system called Pebble Health, to better compete with other smartwatches.
Pebble Health will start rolling out today for most of the Pebble watches with the exception of the Pebble Classic and the Pebble Classic Steel. This app will be compatible with Google Fit on Android and Apple’s Health on iOS, so users can see their step count and sleep tracking from these apps. There are many apps that offer similar functionality, but Pebble offers an accurate algorithm thanks to a partnership with Stanford University´s wearable health lab. The algorithm will be made public so users can know how some of some measurements are calculated. Instead of setting goals that might seem unreachable, the app will set some goals based on previous habits of each user. It will provide weekly step and sleep graphs with some suggestions based on your activity, plus daily summaries will be displayed at the beginning and the end of each day.
Since Pebble Health is integrated with the Pebble Timeline platform, it might make additional suggestions based on your calendar events, so it might even predict some activities based on future events. Pebble is working on building a dedicated app for smartphones, so users can see their stats right there and a new SDK will be released in January so developers can show some of the gathered information in their watch faces as well as building apps and widgets based on Pebble Health. The Pebble watch doesn’t integrate some sensors found in other smartwatches, so those expecting to measure some dedicated workout sessions will have to look elsewere. Still, the Pebble offers advantages like a battery that doesn’t require charging every day, so users don’t need to set a sleeping mode to track their sleep, plus, users can now see this information right on their Timeline instead of using additional apps.