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Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear has been updated to work with iOS, and while some suggest it's the Apple Watch that'll suffer, we're thinking Pebble. The smartwatch that took hold a couple years ago with its super-simple interface, physical buttons, and most important of all - iOS integration from the get-go. Being the only smartwatch in the world worth a second glance was great for Pebble when it launched. Now things are different. Now there's competition, and Pebble really, truly looks like it's behind the times.

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Reservations for the Pebble Time Steel start now

Reservations for the Pebble Time Steel start now

Pebble definitely doesn't waste any time. Pun totally intended. It was barely two weeks ago when it put its color-toting Pebble Time up for grab by non-Kickstarter backers. Now, due to popular demand, and we'll just presume it is really popular, it is doing the same for the steel-clad Pebble Time Steel. With an important caveat. This isn't the start of retail availability of the new smartwatch just yet. Instead, Pebble is only taking reservations on its website, with a promise to start shipping sometime in September.

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Pebble Time update brings improved indoor visibility, new vibration settings

Pebble Time update brings improved indoor visibility, new vibration settings

Popular iOS/Android-alternative smartwatch Pebble Time has received a new software update that adds new settings to the wearable, in addition to new features for the accompanying mobile apps. Pebble says it has been listening to feedback from owners of the smartwatch, and all the new features come from their requests. Among the changes are visibility improvements and a milder level of vibration. The update is good for both the new Pebble Time and the forthcoming Time Steel.

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The time has come: Pebble Time hits retail

The time has come: Pebble Time hits retail

Kickstarter backers have had their fun, now it's time for the rest of the world. Pebble has just announced the availability, today and next month, of the Pebble Time, spreading color around the US and the world. The smartwatch, now with colorful and a few more tricks up its sleeves, has once again garnered popularity in Kickstarter, backed up by real, hard cash. Now it's time to see if it will meet the same appeal to the rest of the world who might be expecting something along the lines of the Apple Watch.

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Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Backers of the Pebble Time Steel smartwatch when it was on Kickstarter will be glad to hear that Pebble has announced production will kick off this week. Pebble says that all watches sold during the Kickstarter campaign are being produced this month. Shipments to the first backers will start going out the last week of July. The last backers of the watch will start receiving tracking numbers by the end of August.

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Deus Ex Aria controls smartwatches with finger flicks

Deus Ex Aria controls smartwatches with finger flicks

No, it's not the name of a new game or even an accessory for a Square Enix game, but it does veer close to the topic of seemingly hi-tech devices. As a device, Aria is actually quite simple, either a Bluetooth clip or a watch strap. But in action, it gets pretty complicated. Almost like magic, it allows you to control your smartwatch just using finger gestures, freeing your other hand's fingers for other tasks. And since smartwatches these days connect to and control almost anything and everything, your fingers can control those as well.

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Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

While the already-established brand Pebble decided to head back to the startup-friendly Kickstarter for its second release, regular sales have begun now in earnest. Earlier this year the second-generation smartwatch Pebble Time was revealed with a colorful display and new body, done so through the crow funding campaign website Kickstarter. This gave a sign of the times - the site was no longer for starting up companies, but for companies that'd previously sought funding from fans as well. While it's still not necessarily a store, Kickstarter didn't seem to mind selling Pebble's second watch from the outset.

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Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

After what seemed like a long delay, Pebble Time's smartwatch app is finally available on iOS. Although the app could have been earnestly stuck in the Apple review process, it seems more likely that Apple's hesitance stems from the fact that Pebble is a direct competitor with Apple Watch. Its slick iOS interface could tempt prospective smartwatch buyers to opt for the more reasonable Pebble Time over the high-end Apple Watch, on Apple's on turf.

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Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

If you're a Pebble user, you're likely aware that the smartwatch company has a bit of an app delay happening in regards to its iOS offerings, and users are starting to get rowdy about it. The Pebble Time app for the iPhone has been delayed, and the company issued a statement about it today, putting the blame on Apple for delaying the review process. Says the company, the app’s in-review status “pains us as much it does backers with watches ready to set up”, and now it is encouraging its customers to contact Apple themselves to try to get the ball rolling.

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Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

As devices get more powerful, their innards also get more sophisticated, usually leading to harder to repair contraptions of doom and gloom. That's why when an equally powerful device gets an iFixit score of 9 out of 10, there is much reason for rejoicing and praise. Granted, the Pebble Time isn't the most complex smartwatch in the market, but for its abilities, its price, and its battery life, a high repairability score pretty much puts it in our Santa's wishlist already. And we're only in May!

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Pebble Time shipping kicks off with pre-orders starting June 22

Pebble Time shipping kicks off with pre-orders starting June 22

Pebble has been behind some of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever and its latest Kickstarter project is now shipping. The Pebble Time watch is in distribution centers now and Pebble says that shipping labels and tracking numbers will start going out and ramp up quickly. We mentioned a few days back that May 27 was the day for shipping to start and Pebble has made good on that promise.

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It’s time! Pebble Time ships May 27

It’s time! Pebble Time ships May 27

You might say all the timely puns that you want, but nothing will stop Pebble Time from shipping out in time. Or at least that's the idea. Pebble has just announced the detail that everyone, especially its backers, have been waiting for. The brand new, color-toting Pebble Time smartwatch will officially start shipping 27th May. But don't get too excited and expect yours to land in just a few days. That's just the first wave and it might take a while to get them all out to more than 70,000 backers.

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