Pebble releases new watch firmware, updated Android, iOS apps
Pebble’s facing some of its stiffest competition ever, as new challengers on the Android Wear front continue to arrive, and the Apple Watch looms menacingly in the distance of 2015. It’s not facing this fight sitting down, and has already been hard at work in recent months to deliver firmware updates aimed at giving its watches new functionality. That trend continues today, as we see Pebble release not just a new firmware for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, but updated apps for Android and iOS, as well.
The big news on the firmware side is language support: if you’re often receiving notifications containing foreign-language text full of characters outside the base Latin alphabet, you’ll be pleased to see new extended language coverage rendering those letters correctly on your wrist.
On the app front, the Android version is a full rewrite for performance and usability improvements, and also delivers a couple useful new features. The software now supports transmitting notifications from any Android app when used on devices running Jelly Bean or better – and Pebble intends to bring that to even older Android versions soon. Pebble’s starting distribution slowly, only pushing it out to about ten percent of users today, adding more over the next couple weeks.