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Update #36

PebbleOS 1.10 + Proof-of-concept Watchface SDK

PebbleOS 1.10 Update

We've released an updated firmware with a few new features and bugfixes:

  • Fix for watch-side battery life bug for some iPhone users. (Some users were reporting that Pebble's battery life was only 1-3 days while connected to an iOS device. Battery life for these users should increase to 4-7 days)
  • Support for 3rd party watchapps created with the Watchface SDK
  • 'Disable Vibration' option for incoming notifications 
  • 'Disable Motion Backlight' option to turn off flick-to-backlight (both options are in Settings->Display)

Haven't installed the update? On iPhone, try rebooting your phone and/or closing the Pebble app like this, then open the Pebble app again and tap the glowing red icon. On Android, use the menu button and click 'Check for FW Update'.

Pebble Android App Update

We've also released an update to the Pebble Android app, now at version 1.7.0. Please update your app to get these new features:

  • Watchface SDK Support
  • Rearranged settings screen
  • Bugfixes

Please note there is still a major bug in Android 4.2.2: After 32 connect/disconnection cycles, Android OS refuses to allow Pebble to connect. The only workaround is to reboot your phone. Follow the excitement that is filing an issue with Android here: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=41110 

Pebble iOS App Update...coming soon

We submitted an update to our iOS app 2 weeks ago, so iOS users may see a new update soon! This update will enable 3rd party watchface loading on iOS.

Proof-of-Concept Watchface SDK

On Friday, we released the first version of Pebble's Watchface SDK. We want to be extremely clear on this: what we have released is a proof-of-concept designed to give eager developers an early chance to hack on native Pebble apps. It's not the final native watchapp SDK by any means, more of a early start :)

The PoC Watchface SDK is:

  • An extremely early prototype of our SDK, specifically for watchfaces and simple games
  • Designed for developers who have experience working with command line and compilers
  • Strictly C based
  • Missing an emulator. You need a Pebble to test your code.
  • Designed for Mac OS 10.7 and 10.8, and Ubuntu 12.10
  • Not optimized for entry-level developers
  • Risky: developers can potentially brick their Pebble by purposefully going beyond the limits of the public API functions
  • Not guaranteed to work perfectly. Apps compiled using the PoC Watchface SDK are also not guaranteed to work.
  • Subject to change. There is a 99.9% probability that we will adjust or deprecate major portions of the API over time, requiring major code changes.

Another major point: the current Pebble iOS app on the iTunes app store does not allow 3rd party apps to be installed on Pebble. It's in the iTunes approval process now (see above). This means that iOS users cannot install apps created with the PoC Watchface SDK at this time. Developers with iOS devices can install their apps using libpebble.

Without further ado, here is the Pebble PoC Watchface SDK

developer.getpebble.com

Documentation is available here: http://developer.getpebble.com/1/welcome with example source code here: github.com/pebble/pebble-sdk-examples

Share your creations on the Watchapp Directory: http://forums.getpebble.com/categories/watchapp-directory or Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/pebble

This is the first step for native Pebble watchapps. Expect more progress from us over time, with major changes like accelerometer support, enabling communication from a watchapp,  persistant watch-side storage and more. We welcome all feedback through our forums: http://forums.getpebble.com/categories/developer-discussion 

With that having been said, it's been a pretty incredible 24 hours so far. Over 2,500 people have already downloaded the SDK. Lots of activity on Reddit and the forums. These watchapps are not all ready for the prime-time, but it's an excellent sign for the future.

Pebble-Pixel by jdiez17 Reddit PostSource

Stopwatch by Katharine, Thread

Contributions to libpebble

Developers on IRC (#pebble) have been big fans of Pebble, for which we're extremely grateful. In particular, Hexxeh started a excellent project called libpebble to reimplement our Pebble Protocol as a python library. Pebble's dev team recognized that this utility had the potential for being even more useful than our internal tools. We decided to contribute to the open source project by adding support for the Lightblue Bluetooth API and yesterday hexxeh accepted our patches (yay!).

Team Pebble is committed to contributing to open source projects, and releasing new developments back to the community. You can follow our OSS contributions on github.com/pebble

It's been a pretty big week for Pebble, but as you all know, our work is never finished. We've got a lot more color Pebbles to ship out, and more software to write (and bugs to fix). 

Normally these updates are signed off by me (Eric), but I think it's time to change that practice. The sheer amount of work that we pushed live this week is a testament of our talented team, and these updates need to reflect that. The whole team is responsible for the product that we've created. I hope you can join me in thanking the (rapidly expanding) Pebble Team: Andrew, Steve, Rahul, Brad, Nick, Sarah, Joseph, Matt, Martijn, Ryan, Paul, Ben, Philip, Asad, Melanie, Sigrid, Ali, Kareema and Kristen.

If you'd like to join Team Pebble, we're currently hiring talented iOS Developers and experienced Software Engineers in Test for full-time positions in Palo Alto, CA. You can apply by sending your resume and portfolio to jobs@getpebble.com

As always, thanks for backing us and keep on Pebbling!

Team Pebble

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      Creator Nick Botto on July 1, 2013

      WOOOOOooo a box *shot* through my mailslot today (imagine the cutest corgi ever dodging it as she thought she was gonna go bark at the mailman) and what was that? PEBBLE!

      and what exact time did it turn on? http://www.flickr.com/photos/saintneko/9186079333/

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      Creator Kate Aoki on June 26, 2013

      Anyone know the status on white Pebbles?? Trying to be patient but we haven't gotten any updates in nearly a month...

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      Creator Marga on June 11, 2013

      I payed for a black and a red pebble. I only got the red one ?!?!?!. No answers on my mail. I am tired of waiting. Who can help me to solve this problem to get also my black pebble as soon as possible. Maybe we should organize ourselves and start a lawsuit.

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      Creator David Hyde on May 3, 2013

      Well sounds like those who changed to black got screwed over with miss information could have had a red one by now. Ever think this was the worst idea I did. No updates and if ur in the UK no delivery information once its left signpost.com distribution Center.

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      Creator William Stone on May 2, 2013

      Cool!! Red is shipping! Grey cannot be far behind (I so hope!)

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      Creator Eric Lahti on May 2, 2013

      Just got my red watch. Looks good. Thanks!

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      Creator Thomas Seliger on May 2, 2013

      So 21 days after changed from orange to black, no email, no watch, nothing. Only one more broken promise from Eric and his Team. I wish I never have backed this Company. Absolutley poor behavoir to the People who give you the Money to build your buisiness. Every normal Bank had already closed your buisiness to keep los a small as posible.

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      Creator Adam Green on May 1, 2013

      your facebook update says red pebbles landing now but i was an early backer and yet no email yet not cool peble.

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      Creator Magnus Hølvold on May 1, 2013

      It would be nice to know where you are on the red (and my orange) pebbles.

      You've painted yourselves into a bit of a corner here, as the lack of communication means that any communication that you do attempt ends with more complaints about the lack of shipping and lack of communication. I imagine you dread making any updates these days, but please do. Not knowing is worse than knowing that we have to wait longer. It's now over a year since I backed the project, I can deal with waiting a little longer for my chosen colour, but I would love to know what's going on.

      I know the updates on your Facebook Page about Apps of the Day and such have no bearing on the production speed, but it does sting a bit every time I see you make a chirpy little update about these lovely apps being put out when I have no idea when I'll be able to use any of them.

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      Creator Shane Dean on April 30, 2013

      @William Stone - It is a black one. I changed from a Red as I'm afraid my patience finally ran out...

      @David Hyde - I was thinking the same. Also worried that it may be delayed even further given that we have 2 Bank Holidays this month :(

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      Creator Graham Lower on April 30, 2013

      Given the estimated time frame for Red to be moving forward was end of the month, and it's the end of the month, I think it's fair to ask for an update. Production is hard, delays happen, but how one communicates those challenges should be something very controllable. I know, personally, I'd rather have disappointing news rather than no news. In my case, at least, it would allow me to tell my wife that her anniversary, then Christmas, then birthday gift has gone back to being an anniversary gift (and more importantly allow me to buy another gift for whatever occasion is going to happen before things are ready).

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      Creator David Hyde on April 30, 2013

      Does anyone know if signpost send by airmail? How long does it take to go from there to the UK. And can you track in the UK?

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      Creator GuyFromTrinidad on April 30, 2013

      Hey guys @pebble could you please reply to my 7 emails asking if you have completed the lost article enquiry on singpost.com, in a few days it will be 2 months since my black pebble shipped

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      Creator kolodziejadrian on April 30, 2013

      Good morning

      Well then I am asking where is my watch?

      8 weeks has already passed...still no mail, no messages, no tracking information.
      You know what I think myself: how badly you are treating your clients.

      That's not right

      Give me the right answer when I finally receive my watch

      Please hurry up!

      Greetings

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      Creator Thomas Seliger on April 29, 2013

      Still nothing, very very bad customer support

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      Creator William Stone on April 29, 2013

      @Shane, is your Pebble red or black or another color?

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      Creator Shane Dean on April 28, 2013

      I finally got a shipping email! Yay, now just fingers crossed that I actually receive it!

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      Creator David Hyde on April 27, 2013

      You have to go though pebble to get it back. But I had a e mail from them yesterday they are still sending out pebbles in the next "few" working days. When asked how long "few" working days was. I was told they had no more information I'm sorry!

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      Creator Michael Jackson on April 27, 2013

      Is there anyway to cancel my order ? Can I chargeback on Amazon, or should I do it directly on the credit card ?

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      Creator Darragh McNamara on April 27, 2013

      im getting excited. my watch is coming soon and its only been a year wait. A YEAR you lost a lot of good will from your backers who talked you up and you failed to deliver in a big way. IF i get it I will not give a shit..poor form lads.

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      Creator stanley kaczor on April 26, 2013

      stanley kaczor just now

      Still waiting for my red pebble how long is it going to take? Eric has been warring a red pebble for a long time. how did they ever make the sample pebbles? seems like they can make a sample but they can not make are pebbles. I want my red pebble I am tired of all this waiting bull crap!

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      Creator stanley kaczor on April 26, 2013

      stanley kaczor just now

      Still waiting for my red pebble how long is it going to take? Eric has been warring a red pebble for a long time. how did they ever make the sample pebbles? seems like they can make a sample but they can not make are pebbles. I want my red pebble I am tired of all this waiting bull crap!

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      Creator Heiko Pohlmann on April 26, 2013

      According to http://www.ispebbleshipping.com/ there is NO production nor shipping during the last 4 weeks... neither any updates in the blog since weeks except some blabla on facebook...

      What is going on with pebble?

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      Creator Liam Dilley on April 26, 2013

      @Daniel,
      I think a small Guy Call Bill paddles them over from Singapore on a tiny raft and it takes about two weeks if it not going to the states to arrive once shipped.

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      Creator William Stone on April 25, 2013

      Has anyone received a red Pebble yet?

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      Creator GuyFromTrinidad on April 25, 2013

      @Daniel Gontijo Lopes my watched shipped on March 7th and still no update from stupid Singpost rather than dispatched overseas. I spoke to my local post office and they said that the country that Singpost sent it too takes forever to deliver the mail to our country. So yeah I'm pissed. @pebble still waiting on my update from you guys on my various emails about this issue.

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      Creator Daniel Gontijo Lopes on April 25, 2013

      My watch has left singapore on March 23rd and yet I haven't received anything and the status on that terrible site of that lame company that you guys used to deliver your watches is the same "Despatched Overseas". Can anyone that have received heir pebble tell me how much time does it takes to be delivered?

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on April 25, 2013

      @Dino Lee The iPhone app is supposed to be v1.06.

      Look under Settings, About on the watch to see your Firmware version.

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      Creator Dino Lee on April 25, 2013

      PebbleOS version is 1.06 at China App store, please update to 1.10, thanks

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      Creator stanley kaczor on April 24, 2013

      I see that some backers are having a problem with the pebble watch not working right or just broken. so you try and email pebble support but just can not get any help. so I say if you have a problem and you can not get any help and are getting real mad. then let your anger loose and post your comments on every site you can find like this one http://gripevine.com/. if you can put a video of your watch problem on utube and just tell every one how pissed you really are.

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      Creator David Hyde on April 24, 2013

      Sorry about last update its late at night a d typing on my phone

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      Creator David Hyde on April 24, 2013

      Ok I am sick of broken time scales. They have just under one week before they said they would ship to early bird buyers. Just so you know when pebble was set up it was sent to the FCC for tests. Best thing is if you look and read there agree mental they have to give all company information (telephone number, registered business address) and update it for there FCC sign offs. Sick of being told one thing and then it not happening. Give the information you have out and we will stop with the bad comments!!! I will post my out come tomorrow when I call them and send a bill for my time wasted and phone call. Still no e mail with tracking number at stage 3 over 14 days. No replays to e mails. Sent to two different addresses. Next step FCC information.

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      Creator Lloyd Hannesson on April 24, 2013

      Changed to Black on the 9th an hour or two after the email came out.. no notice yet that my pebble has shipped (to Canada). I don't mind waiting longer, but you would think that by now they would shy away from over promising and under delivering. If for no other reason then to cut down on the negative PR they always seem to be getting. This reputation will stick with them, which is sad since the pebble is such a great product.

      Or rather, I hear it's great...

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      Creator Thomas Jordan on April 24, 2013

      So I changed my color preference to black the day the email came out saying colors were delayed. I received my black Pebble (to the US) last Friday 4/19. So far I love it and am very pleased. I did receive a tracking number the night before it arrived.

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      Creator Thomas Seliger on April 24, 2013

      The only Thing I have got was today my refund of 10$, still no email, no tracking number and sadly no pebble.

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      Creator luca5w (deleted) on April 24, 2013

      another broken promise
      changed the color pebbles to black on the 9th
      and according to the confirmation email: 'you will be sent an email with a tracking number within the next two weeks'
      the two weeks period ended yesterday, and nothing happened, no email, no tracking number, no pebble

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      Creator Shane Dean on April 24, 2013

      Hey guys, what sort of timescale are we looking at for those of us who changed to Black for stuff like refunds and shipping notifications? (I'm a UK backer) It's been 11 days and have heard nothing apart from the email to confirm that I had changed my order...

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      Creator P on April 23, 2013

      Received the price difference. I noticed some are stating there is no battery indicator, there is. Once the battery gets low the indicator shows up. I think this is better and should be implemented on the phones.

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      Creator Karib Chiang on April 23, 2013

      After 11 months of backing up this project, got my Pebble watch today at last :-)
      Everything, from upgrading to PebbleOS 1.10, pairing with my iPhone 5, downloading new watchfaces (incl. those developed by 3rd parties), to displaying phone calls, text messages, and emails, works smoothly and flawlessly. The watch is beautiful and light on my wrist.

      A few notes for improvement for the next firmware:
      - backlight on time is user selectable in Settings. Current setting (3-4 secs) is too short for reading text message / email.
      - Instead of blurry pixelated bar at the top and bottom of the screen to denote scrollable text when displaying the content of SMS / emails, which makes reading text near top/bottom difficult, I suggest showing arrow up and down icons at the top of the screen, next to the mail envelop icon.

      I really love my Pebble and grateful for backing up this project. Thanks a lot to The Pebble team for creating such a beautiful watch.

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      Creator Ravi Kanth Ak on April 23, 2013

      My Account is still in third step.... though I got the refund notice..

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      Creator David Hyde on April 23, 2013

      @teddy it seems a few people who have changed back have revived there's. there has been a few people have got there's before receiving their delivery notification.

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      Creator William Stone on April 22, 2013

      For what its worth, I se the Pebble Notifier app on my Galaxy S3 and it works great. I get all the notifications I can handle including texts, caller ID, email, calendar, and ESPN Score Center. I know right?

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      Creator JayC on April 22, 2013

      I switched one of my watches from orange to black when given the option - the other one I kept red. Hopefully they ship the red within the next couple weeks, though no guarantees.

      Overall, the watch is disappointing. I set it up for my wife and downloaded a bunch of faces from the official pebble app onto her watch. not sure if she's downloaded any of the non-preloaded faces yet.

      Word of warning - if you have a jailbroken iPhone and you have the BTNotifications tweak installed, you may NOT be able to pair the Pebble with your iPhone. It took me an hour to figure that out. The iPhone will NOT ask to pair with the Pebble, even though you can see it and it can see your iPhone. Remove the tweak then pair normally. And the tweak does not send any additional notifications to the phone that I could tell in my limited testing before I gave it to my wife.

      Right now, under iOS, the watch is pretty much useless if you don't use iMessage or if you don't do texting through your carrier. I text exclusively through Google Voice and I don't use iMessage at all. So right now, the only thing Pebble will do for me is tell me when someone calls. Since I barely use minutes on my cell phone, this feature does nothing for me. Also, it's very rare that I get phone calls to my actual number - again, Google Voice takes care of that for me.

      When I get the red watch, I will try pairing with both my Nexus 7 and with my iPhone and seeing what is better. I'd exclusively pair with the Nexus7 but I don't want to pay for a data plan for that device just so my watch works properly. The annoying thing is that my music is all on my iPhone, so if I want to control my iPhone's music through the Pebble, I need to pair it with the iPhone but if I want additional functionality, I have to use the Nexus7. Those of you with Android based phone plans may have much different mileage.

      The runkeeper integration may be promising but with no ETA, it's kind of pointless. If there was some way to get directional guidance while walking (say through Apple Maps) that would be nice, especially if you're walking.

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      Creator David Curtis on April 22, 2013

      Hey guys, I know there has been a lot of frustration regarding delivery - just thought I would chime in and say that I switched to black (when grey seemed like the last group on the production line) and I am happy to say that I have received my Pebble!

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      Creator Jeffrey Paul on April 22, 2013

      I've yet to receive my Pebble. Are there any shipping updates?

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      Creator Teddy A Jasin on April 22, 2013

      @David i'm in your position as well. switch from white to black the moment they post the update. till now havent received yet. I'm in Singapore and I wish it should be faster...

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      Creator David Hyde on April 22, 2013

      I converted back to black when the last update came out. As ispebbleshipping.com was not updated. I am still on processing shipment is anyone one else in the situation? They said they black to send out. Plus the black one means I can wear it for work with out people knowing I am reading texts and e mails. So any information would be nice please folks. I don't think we will get a update anytime soon.

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      Creator Dee on April 22, 2013

      @Adam P
      You may want to consider deleting the Pebble app and reinstalling. You should only need to do the toggle once at the start for the selected apps. I initially saw the same help docs too but I have not had any issues since the last update with notifications. Maybe, I am just one of the lucky ones if the update did not resolve the issue for you.

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      Creator Adam P (deleted) on April 22, 2013

      @wendy that is interesting using the exact same phone. I only get text an calls nothing else. I looked through some of the pebble help docs and they even admit that right now those are the only ones that will constantly work for the iOS. Sounds like your one of the lucky ones.
      I am not planning on putting it up for sale. I don't use it as much as I thought. Ill use it while I'm on the kayak, but won't replace my normal watch. And that's only to see who's calling or texting. My bluetooth headphone can answer a call and change tracks.

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      Creator Dee on April 22, 2013

      @Adam P
      I can totally respect the way the you feel. Especially, since you have had first hand experience with the watch. Hopefully, if you decide to sell, you can make a profit.

      I agree with you about the limited number of watch faces. I am not brave enough to risk the chance of bricking my watch by down loading third party apps. It's tempting though because there are some really cool watch faces that have been developed. Perhaps with the recent release of the SDK, we will begin to see more.

      Also, sorry to hear you only get a couple of notifications. I have about 8 set up and they work fine. I am using an unjailbroken 4S iPhone, so maybe it has to do with the type of the phone but I am not sure.

      Anyway, best of luck.

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