The Pebble smartwatch is getting a new update. 10 years after its launch, 4 years after the last software version, Pixel 7 compatibility is coming.
It’s been almost 10 years since the smartwatch Pebble arrived on the wrists of early adopters following its hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. And yet, today, this connected watch is still alive and well. The watch is now compatible with Google Pixel 7 smartphones and Pixel 7 Pro. Support for 64-bit Android devices only will be coming soon.
The Pebble smartwatch receives a new update
As specified by Ars-Technica, Katharine Berry, who works on Wear OS and is an important member of the Rebble group responsible for keeping the Pebble ecosystem alive, wrote that the latest Pebble update comes four years after the previous one. This release allowed many features of the Pebble apps to run on independent servers. Fitbit, which Google has since acquired, shut down Pebble servers in 2018, just two years after buying all of the watchmaker’s assets.
10 years after its launch, 4 years after the last software version, Pixel 7 compatibility is coming
In addition to compatibility with Pixel 7, the latest update also improves the reliability of number presentation on recent versions of Android. Although the app is not available on the Google Play Store, theAPK is signed with official Pebble keys and retains Google Fit integration, as Katharine Berry explains.
On the surface, this update might seem like the last for Pebble, as far as official support goes. “Thanks to Google for providing us with a final update”, writes in particular Katharine Berry on Reddit. However, as Ars-Technica points out, a Pebble hackathon is due to take place next month. If your Pebble smartwatch’s e-ink screen and battery are still operational, the watch might still be useful to you.