Pebble app has officially launched for Android. The app is available from the Google Play Store and comes with little in terms of surprise. Simply put, the app is free and notes the device support as being Android 2.3.3 or later. That said, if you have a Pebble e-paper watch coming -- this is the app that you will not only want, but need.
CES we learned that the Pebble e-paper watch had gone into mass production and would begin shipping on January 23. And well, coming just as had been promised -- the first batch of Pebble watches will begin shipping today. The details come by way of the folks at Pebble who have offered confirmation of the shipping as well as other details about the Android app and some production notes.
CES 2013 was Pebble. Which, considering the product was originally expected to ship back in September of 2012 -- who would have guessed. Of course, considering how the Kickstarter took off, it seems many would have been more surprised had they met that shipping time. Regardless though, as we saw in the Pebble press conference from earlier today, the watches will begin shipping on January 23.
Pebble smartwatch would show in time for the holiday season. And well, as we now realize, that didn't happen. Disappointment aside, there is some good news however. In fact, it is some news that suggests the Pebble is moving forward.
Samsung announced their extremely popular Galaxy S III flagship smartphone earlier this year, along with it was a neat little music player. It was called the Samsung S Pebble, came in the same Pebble Blue color option, and obviously was shaped like a little stone. It has been for sale internationally but new details are now confirming the tiny little media player is headed to the US.
Pebble, the e-paper Bluetooth watch that's broken the crowdsourcing record with an incredible $7.9 million raised. The designers have said from the beginning that they intend to allow app development for the watch, which is capable of pairing with Android and iOS devices. The first confirmed developer to take up the challenge is FitnessKepper, whose RunKeeper app has been downloaded millions of times on Android alone.
Pebble smart watch project on Kickstarter, and almost immediately the organizers reached their $100,000 goal. They've raised just a bit more than that since then: a million dollars in just a little over 24 hours, and almost 1.5 million at this point. To celebrate thier success, they're adding in an extra feature. When the watch enters production later this year, it'll be waterproof. The organizers say that it won't be a dive watch, but you'll be able to shower or swim with it without worry.
The Pebble watch is currently in the concept stage, but with a Kickstarter campaign that's nearing completion, it looks like it'l be hitting stores before the end of the year.