Pebble set to make "very important announcement" for software at November 6 event

Pebble, the e-paper watch and Kickstarter darling, is all set for a "very important announcement" for software at an event being held on November 6. The event will be livestreamed online so anyone interested can follow along, but aside from this, we're not given much to go on. From the Pebble Developer Blog:

It’s no secret that we’ve been hard at work developing better software for Pebble and this Wednesday, November 6th, we’ll be making a very important announcement. You’re invited to join our livestream event at 10AM PST to hear what awesome new things we’ve been working on to make Pebble a more robust and feature-rich platform.

After the event, the team will be taking to Reddit for a little Q&A to answer any further questions anyone may have lingering at the back of their minds. Pebble is officially compatible with both iOS and Android, and is one of a number of smartwatch products emerging in the market of late. It's designed to be a companion to your iPhone or your Android phone, to show you what you want to see without having to delve into your pockets and pull out your phone. And because it's an e-paper display, it doesn't need charging every night like something such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

We'll be watching along live on November 6 to see what Pebble has in store for us, but in the meantime feel free to speculate in the comments. Is there anything you'd specifically like to see that would make your own Pebble experience better? Or is there something holding you back from buying that they haven't thought of yet?

Source: Pebble Developer Blog

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Pebble set to make "very important announcement" for software at November 6 event

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I am a 5S owner who also is a long time Android hacker. Have the Note 3, what a freaken beast, without a doubt the fastest Smartphone to date. I also have the Galaxy Gear, the battery is pretty good, not only don't I need to charge the gear every night but sometimes I will let it go for two entire days. That isn't bad. As far as using apps on the Gear, the native apps all work fantastic, I just use my native apps, with a little shifting here and there everything works and works fast. This watch will have new apk's coming very soon. I like the build quality and the camera isn't bad, comes in very handy for that incognito shot. Just my opinion.

Did you respond to the wrong post? this is about the Pebble and not about the gear you have. I am actually very interested in the Pebble and am holding off to buy but if they could up their game a little I might tempted. I has to work with the iPhone for me because that is my phone of choice. We'll see. Maybe there aren't that many Pebble users out there so no comments

The Pebble as it stands is pretty useless on an iDevice - the only reliable notification that comes through is SMS/iMessage, all other notifications either require the Pebble app to remain resident in memory and not be killed off by iOS (caller ID, email notifications) or require a kludgy 'finger dance' of settings to come through to your watch (every other notification).

App functionality is basic at best, but there are cool concepts appearing from time to time - check out 'Pebblecam' in the AppStore.

What am I expecting to see come Wednesday? A workable solution for iOS devices for one. I'm pretty sure there will also be an extension of the current (very limited) SDK and maybe even an announcement of a Pebble-run network for app management and distribution.

But really, the important thing is they will need to have iOS sorted.

Honestly, how much of the notification issue is Pebble's problem, and how much is because of the way iOS is structured? It doesn't let apps access certain parts of the phone's OS. Grabbing notifications is easy usually, just difficult to work around in a case like this.

Oh definitely, prior to iOS 7 there wasn't very much that could be done to improve notification reliability. But this was core functionality that Pebble promised to its Kickstarter backers, and not once was this problem mentioned prior to the product shipping despite its many delays. iOS users just had to find out the hard way.

So yes, Pebble's problem.

Hmm I can't be certain that the line was originally in there (it probably was) but directly above that, it still states that you can expect to receive all kinds of notifications, from calendar and weather alerts to FB messages and Twitter replies. There is still not the case with Pebble, regardless of whether the app is running in the background or not.

Well, that I can't speak to directly, as I don't have the Pebble. But, I'd still say that I think it's an iOS backgrounding issue. Like, even though it's in the background, it doesn't get much priority as it isn't an Apple device tbh. It makes some sense from Apple's "we don't want it to mess with battery" stance, but still. Kickstarter isn't a promise. It is a "we think this would be cool, back us so we can research it more, and see if it works". In this case, I think they realized it wouldn't. It'd be great if it did, but yeah.

Two for three. Working notifications and SDK 2.0.

Not holding my breath for their delivery timelines (especially when it comes to the apps for GoPro, Yelp! and Foursquare) but consider me a now-satisfied Pebble customer.