Fitbit will keep Pebble software services alive in 2017

NEW DELHI: Wearable devices maker Fitbit recently acquired rival Pebble’s software assets. And Fitbit has now clarified what it wants to do with existing Pebble wearables.

In an official blog post, Pebble watchface maker Jon Barlow (now part of the Fitbit team) has mentioned that “Fitbit is going out of its way to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017.”

Barlow’s blogpost further reads that Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, developer portal and Pebble app store will remain in service as of now. Pebble developers can also continue to create and update their apps.

Users can expect the company to update their mobile apps, thus “loosening their dependency on a patchwork of cloud services.” This means that the core Pebble services will continue to run even if the backend cloud services have been discontinued.

After the update, Pebble Health service will continue to work the same way as it always has. The company is also evaluating for how long some Pebble features that rely on third-party service can go on.
The company has already said that it won’t be producing or selling any more smartwatches. Pebble is also said to have canceled its plans of bringing the Time 2 and Core wearables. Those who backed the two wearables on Kickstarter will be refunded their money, reported Bloomberg website earlier this month.

The company introduced Time 2 smartwatch and Core fitness tracker back in May this year, but the two are yet to start shipping.
Pebble Time 2 was scheduled to ship in November, while Pebble Core was supposed to ship in January next year. Both devices have already received good amount of backing on Kickstarter.
The two wearables were introduced with Pebble 2, which has already started shipping to those who provided backing. In May this year, both Time 2 and Pebble 2 together received $6 million in funding from over 33,000 backers.

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