An official Pebble blog post has cleared the air by announcing that devices and software will continue functioning throughout 2017, possibly even into 2018.
The official statement could somewhat be a follow-up to the latest news. Earlier this month, the startup announced that it had been sold some key components to Fitbit.
Fitbit is a San Francisco, California-based company. It is specialized in wearable technology, more exactly, activity trackers.
The wireless enabled devices were, and still somewhat are, amongst the most sought-after devices. They help keep track of the personal metrics involved in activities such as fitness.
As such, they calculate the number of steps taken, the steps climbed, and the heart rate. They could also register quality of sleep data and other such factors.
Pebble Technology Corporation was a California-based American company. The startup became famous after the release of its first product. Pebble Smartwatch was the first-generation lineup of the company.
Its smartwatch was pledged through a Kickstarter campaign. The massively successful move collected enough funds so as to continue product development. Pebble continued developing and releasing products. Still, the company had a hard time in 2016.
However, on December 7, Pebble officially announced that it would be shutting down. As such, it would no longer manufacture or continue product support. This also meant that it would not be honoring warranties.
Pebble’s intellectual property was acquired by Fitbit. As such, they acquired both software and key company personnel. However, the sale did not include Pebble hardware products.
Fitbit in itself has had a rather trying year. The more established company has been having issues of its own.
One of the main problems it has had to face are class action lawsuits. The company products were accused of being somewhat inaccurate and faulty. Most such claims targeted the heart rate, and sleep track monitoring features.
Flex 2 was another cause of problems. The product is a clip-on wearable device. Launched in August 2016, the company has been trying to ramp up its production.
Besides customer and production issues, Fitbit has had to face a decreasing market trend. It also had to work in tandem with the Asia-Pacific market contraction.
Reports show that the company has marked a further 5 percent share drop following the Pebble acquisition.
Still, most Pebble users were left wondering as to the availability of their acquired devices. Earlier this week, the startup went to clear the air and reveal its products’ fate.
Active Pebble devices should continue working throughout next year. Fitbit will reportedly do its best to ensure this fact. The Pebble SDK, Timeline APIs, and CloudPebble should continue functioning. As should the various other Pebble ecosystem elements.
These elements include the firmware availability, developer portal, mobile apps, and app store.
Still, Fitbit will not be maintaining this services on the long-term. Also, not all of Pebble’s services and apps will be kept.
Jon Barlow, a Fitbit develop advocate, further explained. He stated that Pebble devices will be getting a series of updates. They should help ensure the core device functions. For example, the Pebble Health will continue working even after the cloud has been discontinued.
Fitbit is also reportedly considering potentially migrating some server-side features. This could include the voice diction, weather, and messaging features.
They are working on reducing third-party app dependence on third-party services.
Pebble hardware, however, will not be getting the same support. Pebble 2 and Core will no longer be produced. Warranty support for existing products will also no longer be covered.
It was announced that Pebble 2 customers will be receiving a full refund. This should come in 4 to 8 weeks time.
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