Pebble are an independent, kickstarter-funded designer, manufacturer and seller of a range of smartwatches that work with both iOS and Android-powered devices. Indeed, the company has announced a new element to their Kickstarter program by requesting funding for three new smartwatch models, the Pebble Core, Pebble 2 and Time 2 devices. Whilst organizing this, the company has been busy working on new software updates for its existing portfolio of smartwatches, which is has just released. The new update, available for several models, puts the software version up to v3.13 and includes updates to existing applications and a revised, improved Weather application.
In addition to the new software for smartwatches, Pebble have updated the companion application for smartwatches. For customers to update their watches, they must first update the application on their device, which I'm sure means for the majority of our readers, go ahead and fire up the Google Play Store and let the application update. Once updated, a connected Pebble smartwatch should prompt for a software update but if not, customers can go into Menu, Support and then Update Your Pebble to prompt the process.
The improvements include updates to the Pebble Health application; Pebble have improved the step and sleep algorithms to improve accuracy. One of the biggest improvements they've made is to prevent the smartwatch from assuming movement during sleep is a step, so this should result in a clearer picture of our activity and rest. Pebble have also updated the mobile graph software including requested features such as 24-hour support and clearer messaging. There's a new Weather application available, in conjunction with The Weather Channel, which shows current temperature and conditions, the high and low point for that day, and what The Weather Channel predicts is happening the following day. In common with many other software updates for late 2015 into 2016, Pebble have reworked and added a number of emojis into version 3.13.
Unfortunately, customers owning the original Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel will not yet receive the device software update, but it will be available for Time series devices (the Pebble Time, Time Steel and Time Round smartwatches). We've no word on when the Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel will receive the update.