Freecaddie for Android launches Pebble support!
Pebble on the links, courtesy of TomHTweets
For those excited to venture out onto the course after a nice long winter, have we got the app for you! Freecaddie recently announced version 3.0 of their Android app, featuring Pebble connectivity. Freecaddie uses the GPS on your phone and lets you view the current distance to the hole on over 28,600 courses around the world...and now you can view those stats on your Pebble! We've been informed that iOS Freecaddie support is on the way.
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Red Pebbles now shipping
dude2k5 showing off a sparkling red pebble
Finally, some good news about colors :) Last week, we started shipping the first Red Pebbles. We've nearly finished manufacturing 6,000 Red Pebbles, so many more will be flowing through our shipping system soon. Thanks for your patience!
Orange will be the next colour to come out, followed by Grey and White. As we mentioned in a previous update, if you would like to switch from a color Pebble to Black, you may do so at anytime on account.getpebble.com. We've shipped out the first batch of back-to-black shipments from immediately after the announcement, and on a weekly basis we'll ship out any new Black changes.
Apologies for not keeping ispebbleshipping.com updated. Throughout the switch to colour manufacturing and the back-to-black shipments, tracking has become a bit more complex.
Pebble Watchapps (now on iOS!)
We launched the Proof-of-Concept Watchface SDK three weeks ago. The results have been astounding. Our forums have been buzzing with developers sharing their work and getting help navigating the entertaining build system that is waf. Over 500 watchapps have been published to a community-made site called mypebblefaces.com and our records show over 200,000 watchapps have been installed on Pebbles worldwide.
At first, iOS users were unable to install watchapps but an update to our iOS app fixed that! iOS users, please make sure you have the latest version from the App Store (1.0.6). After that, you can browse to the various sources of pbw files on Mobile Safari and download them directly onto your watch.
Want to create your own watchface, but your programming skills aren't up to snuff? Try out the awesome watchface-generator.de website, courtesy of @prode81. Remember that Pebble only displays black-and-white on its 144x168 pixel screen.
If you haven't checked out mypebblefaces.com in a while, we certainly recommend a look :) There are hundreds of watchfaces and watchapps available for Pebble. Try searching by 'most downloaded' to see the current favourites!
UPDATE: mypebblefaces.com is overloaded with requests. You can find the watchapps referenced below on the Pebble forum here.
Some stellar watchapps:
Revolution (an instant classic), by DouweM
Stopwatch (extremely useful), by Katharine
Maurice (very stylish), by zalew
Mac System 3 (great throwback!), by zarumbatus
Pebloid (awesome game), by justdoit
Future SDK update: Two-way communication
We'll be launching limited 2 way communication in the next update of the SDK (within a month). This will enable apps to receive and transmit arbitrary data back and forth to the phone (for example, upon a button press on the watch).
To make use of this feature, you will need to write an Android or iOS app as well as a native Pebble SDK app. Unfortunately, iOS apps that use this functionality may not be published to the app store at this time (Android apps may be published to Play Store).
Other notes: Watch apps can only receive and send data if they are in the foreground. There are also APIs to launch and kill a watch app (please keep the user's experience in mind when using these)
Pebble 1 Year Fiesta!
If you happen to be in San Francisco on May 16 (maybe for Google IO?), we'd like to invite backers to a small get-together to celebrate 1 year since our Kickstarter project closed. To request an invite, please log onto your Pebble Account and follow the instructions. Please only request an invite if you will be in the area, thanks! Don't worry if you aren't able to get a ticket, this is just the beginning of our meetup plan. For example, a Pebble Users Group (PUG) has already popped up in Silicon Valley, check out the next meetup on May 22 at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View.
Anyways, that's it for this update. Thanks Pebblers!