Pebble smartwatch gets extended iOS 7 notifications, new API features for apps

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Normally, we don’t ask much from our wristwatches. They should tell the time, and look good while doing so, but after that, everything else is gravy. With smartwatches, on the other hand, our demands start piling up, and fast. We want killer battery life, cross-platform compatibility, and a virtually never-ending feature set, thanks to new software always arriving. Pebble is already one of our favorite smartwatches around, and today the company behind it announces some improvements that are set to make a good thing even better.

Pebble already supports iOS, but today’s new software is intended to really enhance things for iOS 7. That means getting alerts from the platform’s Notification Center right on your watch, beyond just basic heads-ups on incoming calls, texts, and emails.

Back in April we first saw Pebble release its SDK, and today’s update also brings with it SDK version 2.0, adding Javascript, Accelerometer, Data Logging and Persistent Storage APIs. These new tools should give Pebble developers a lot more flexibility in the sort of code they’re able to create, and add some nice new diversity to the selection of apps available for the platform. Sounds good to us!

Source: Pebble

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!