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Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Despite the now ubiquitous Android Wear smartwatches and Apple Watch timepieces, Pebble still has a strong and loyal following, thanks to its simplicity, battery life, and being so far one of the few truly cross-platform smartwatches in the market. Simplicity, however, sometimes has a price to pay, like in the form of features that are also becoming more prevalent on more mainstream smartwatches. Like contactless mobile payment systems. Pagare, however, has found a way around that, to deliver the same convenience as Android Pay or Apple Pay on Pebble Time, without having to swap out smartwatches.

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Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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Pebble updates put Health front and center

Pebble updates put Health front and center

This week the folks behind the Pebble smartwatch line are delivering a set of updates to put Pebble Health at the forefront of their wearable devices. With the latest update to the iPhone at (version 3.6) and the latest update to the Android app (version 3.9), Pebble devices will have access to what Pebble describes as "Beefy Pebble Health Updates". While not every Pebble will receive all feature upgrades, all Pebble devices will have an update of some sort.

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Pebble Health launches smartwatch into fitness tracking

Pebble Health launches smartwatch into fitness tracking

This week Pebble has launched Pebble Health, a software suite that builds on the wearable's already-active step and sleep tracking abilities. This system will combine health data with the smartwatch's timeline summary pins, Pebble Health will aim to motivate the Pebble wearer to become healthier each day. This system will be released for Pebble wearers with Pebble Firmware 3.8.

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Pebble Classic gets Timeline this month, Android testers wanted

Pebble Classic gets Timeline this month, Android testers wanted

If you're a proud owner of Pebble's very first attempt at a smartwatch, or maybe even its metallic counterpart, you might have gotten a tinge jealous of all the attention being lavished on the more recent Pebbles, especially as far as software features are concerned. Although some of those said features do require certain hardware, some, like the core Timeline feature, doesn't. Well, good news loyal fans! As promised, Pebble is bringing Firmware 3.0, with its Timeline and unlimited apps, to Pebble. And it's all happening this month!

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Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Getting notifications on your smartwatch, be it an Android Wear, Apple Watch, or Pebble, is one thing. Being able to act on those notifications is a different story. The latter is trickiest when it comes to text messages, given a smartwatch's small screen and extremely limited input methods. Most rely on voice recognition or canned replies to make it work. Now Pebble is joining that hip crowd with the latest update that brings a Text Reply feature to Pebble Time owners with iPhones and AT&T postpaid accounts.

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Pebble Time hits Woot – bad news for the watchmaker?

Pebble Time hits Woot – bad news for the watchmaker?

It would appear that Woot just got a shipment of Pebble Time smartwatches in for their fire sale department. What's this mean for the watchmaker? It might mean little. It could be that one distributor or another just received more Pebble Time watches than they could sell. It could also mean that Pebble is planning on axing the rest of their stock of this particular watch in favor of the original (black and white model) and the more circular of the bunch.

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Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Last March, Pebble revealed its smartstrap idea and platform that would allow developers and accessory makers to add functionality to the Pebble smartwatches indirectly through smartstraps. While the idea definitely has benefits, few have jumped on the opportunity to take Pebble beyond to new heights. That long wait might be over, at least to some extent. Fit Pay and ConnectedDevice, two companies heavily invested in the wearable market, are announcing Pagaré, a smartstrap that would usher the Pebble Time into the young but fast growing world of contactless payments.

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Pebble Time Round goes on retail 8th November

Pebble Time Round goes on retail 8th November

As if you already don't have a hard enough time deciding what fancy new smartwatch to get, especially with the holidays coming soon, Pebble comes along to complicate matters. Not that we're really complaining, considering it's the Pebble Time Round we're talking about here. Now that its latest smartwatch has started arriving on backer's doorsteps, the company has finally announced when it will be available for the rest of us mere mortals. Mark your calendars and ready your wallets. The Pebble Time Round arrives on Sunday.

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Pebble Time metal bands up for pre-order, shipping 6-8 weeks

Pebble Time metal bands up for pre-order, shipping 6-8 weeks

The first generation of smartwatches, both of the Android Wear kind and others, have mostly been a plastic and rubber affair, resembling sportswatches than classic time pieces. These days, however, a lot of emphasis is being put on form now that function has mostly been set in stone. From circular watch faces to premium materials, smartwatches are becoming fashion statements as they are geeky paraphernalia. And Pebble, one of the pioneers in that market, won't be left behind, especially now that its new metal bands are ready to ship.

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Pebble watches brings Nuance Voice Recognition to the public

Pebble watches brings Nuance Voice Recognition to the public

This week Pebble has brought Nuance Voice Recognition to Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round users. Nuance is powering Pebble's new Dictation API, allowing developers to create voice-friendly apps of all sorts for all of the 2nd-gen Pebble users in the wild. Pebble apps will be able to work with voice recognition and push all manner of commands to apps that do many fine things, like control your smart house and flying your drones around the countryside.

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