This year has seen major new players arrive in the smartwatch space, both as Google introduced Android Wear and Apple showed-off its Apple Watch series. But throughout all this, the old stalwart Pebble has remained a more than viable contender. Even Pebble needs to evolve sometimes to keep up with the Joneses, and today we get word of not just some price reductions, but also the arrival of new Pebble functionality in the form of ongoing activity monitoring.
The new software update empowers Pebble apps to gather sensor data in the background, even when you’re not actively engaging with the software. This opens the door not just for things like fitness trackers, but also apps that monitor the extent to which you toss and turn in your sleep, with the aim of helping you find more restful nights.
That’s great news on its own, making this new pricing the icing on the cake. The original Pebble drops to just about $100, while Pebble Steel comes in closer to $200. Additionally, you’ll be able to find the smartwatches at these new prices in more locations than ever before, as Pebble also expands its list of retail partners, bringing in companies like Sprint and Fry’s Electronics.