I only caught up on this news last night. It seems Pebble, maker of the super-useful and low-cost smart-watches, is gone. It’s been bought by Fitbit and will no longer sell its watches.
Although I’m an Apple Watch user, I’ve owned a Pebble in the past. I loved it – the battery lasted for days and days (compared to the roughly 24 hours of an Apple Watch), was easy to use and the developer community was great!
There was something very simple and friendly about the Pebble watch. The interface was very simple to navigate and you didn’t feel like you could get anything too wrong. Great for when out running, a simple tap of a button moved your music forward or allowed you to check your time.
In comparison, the Apple Watch can feel a little overwhelming, especially to new users. It’s also a lot more expensive.
Having owned both, my ultimate smartwatch would be a combination of the Pebble’s durable battery and the Apple Watch’s seamless interface with the iPhone.
Given the shortage of Android Wear watches out there, and nothing new announced from Google in this space for a while, it looks like the Apple Watch is the sole survivor of the ‘Smartwatch Wars’, this year at least.
I don’t think that’s good at all. Apple needs a powerful competition in the market to keep them on their toes and maintain innovation and development of fringe products like this. Let’s face it, while a new laptop might be a necessity for some people, a new smartwatch will never be something you absolutely need.
So. RIP Pebble. I look forward to seeing how your fun and accessible technology makes its way into the Fitbit eco-system.