This is Pebble Time: Color e-paper and weeklong battery life

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Today Pebble has announced the latest addition to its line of e-paper smartwatches, Pebble Time. Pebble Time is a newly redesigned smartwatch — both outside and in — launching today on Kickstarter, where early birds can get in on the action for less than two bills.

Pebble Time features and always-on, color e-paper display that aims to have the same 5- to 7-day battery life of the original Pebble and Pebble Steel. Pebble Time has a stainless steel bezel, a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen and is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble. The strap features a new quick release, so you can swap out bands at will. Pebble even built in a "smart accessory port" so developers can build sensors and bands that interact directly with the watch.

"With Pebble Time, we're launching completely new hardware and reimagined software while keeping all the things people love about Pebble."

Pebble Time will also have a new version of the Pebble OS in tow, which will organize and display contextual information like weather, news, flights, and reminders chronologically on your watch. In addition to seeing current notifications, you'll be able to read through previous notifications at any time. All current Pebble apps and watch faces will be compatible with Pebble Time as well.

Pebble Time is compatible with Android and iOS devices and is available now for $159 in three colors exclusively on Kickstarter. Shipping is set to begin in May of this year. After the campaign, Pebble Time will sell online and in stores for $199.

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Introducing Pebble Time: The Watch That Knows You and Your Daily Routine

Pebble Returns to its Community Roots, Launches Pebble Time on Kickstarter

Palo Alto, CA (February 24, 2015) — Pebble Technology Corp., the smartwatch pioneer and a Kickstarter record holder, is proud to launch its brand new watch, Pebble Time, on the same community-driven platform that helped them introduce smartwatches to the entire world three years ago. Everything about Pebble Time -- from its new technology to the reimagined software interface -- was meticulously designed to mesh perfectly with your life. Starting today, anyone can back Pebble Time on Kickstarter at http://pbl.io/kickstarter.

New Hardware Enables More with Pebble Time Without Sacrificing Battery Life

Pebble Time features a revolutionary new color e-paper display that provides a stellar visual experience, always-on timekeeping and brilliant outdoor visibility. Compared with display technology like LCD or OLED, power consumption is minimized, enabling Pebble Time to achieve an industry-leading battery life of up to 7 days.

Pebble Time introduces a new microphone, allowing you to send voice replies to incoming notifications or compose short voice notes. Using the latest technology, water resistance is maintained, so you can swim, shower and surf with Pebble Time.

Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble, with an ergonomic, curved design that's comfortable on any wrist. The lens is crafted from scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass and the bezel is made of stainless steel. The watch band incorporates a quick-release mechanism, making it easier than ever to personalize your watch. Pebble Time also has a smart accessory port, enabling hardware developers to build sensors and smart straps that connect directly to the watch.

Like other Pebble watches, Pebble Time is designed to work perfectly with both iPhone and Android smartphones. Pebble Time is compatible with iPhone 4s and newer phones running the latest version of iOS 8. Pebble Time works with all Android 4.0+ phones including Samsung, HTC, Song, LG, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi and more.

New Timeline Interface Helps You Accomplish More Throughout The Day

Building a modern timepiece requires focus on software as much as hardware. Pebble Time introduces a new version of Pebble operating system (OS) that organizes relevant information like notifications, weather, news, travel, and reminders chronologically. With one click you can see what's coming up next, such as a reminder to pick up your kids or when a movie starts. Pebble Time also helps when you need to catch up on things that happened in the past. You can scroll back to see an email you missed, your step count for the day, or the score from the game last night. Now, instead of opening an app just to see the weather, or to check the market, you can reliably get the details you need at a glance.

Pebble Time is fully compatible with all 6,500+ existing Pebble apps and watchfaces, surfaces information at the moment it's most useful, and enables quick action. Pebble is working with The Weather Channel, ESPN, Jawbone, Evernote, Pandora and others to build unique experiences for the new OS and more partners will be announced soon. As with all Pebble software, Pebble Time is built on an open platform, and introduces many new APIs and tools for developers.

Staying Connected with Pebble's Community

"Pebble was first brought to life by 69,000 backers and people who supported our vision three years ago. We could not think of a better way to share our new watch," said Eric Migicovsky, Pebble CEO. "With Pebble Time, we're launching completely new hardware and reimagined software while keeping all the things people love about Pebble.""With Pebble's first Kickstarter campaign, they successfully introduced smartwatches to the world," said Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter CEO. "We're thrilled Pebble has come back to Kickstarter to share their latest innovation. As enthusiastic members of the Pebble community, all of us at Kickstarter are excited to help them again bring an exciting vision to life."

Pebble Time is available in three colors for $159 exclusively on Kickstarter, with worldwide shipping to backers starting in May. Later this year, Pebble Time will retail for $199 and be available online at getpebble.com and in stores worldwide.

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30 Comments
  • Meh. Apple Watch for me.
  • yawn, i'll take the apple watch instead.
  • Me 2
  • 5-7 days of Battery life. I think it will be a nice choice.
  • Campaign already over $ 1 Million. Talk about speedy its only 30 minutes into it. I have the original and have loved it. I pledged for this one as well. I am also planning on the Apple watch.
  • I like my Pebble but I'm waiting for my Apple Watch (for reasons I've stated elsewhere.)
  • Serious question... Is this a device that people prefer over the competition, or is it just the budget option for smartwatch fans who would rather have something else if they could afford it? In other words, is this the Nokia or Blackberry of smartwatches?
  • In my case It was a little bit of both with the original. I wanted to test the waters but didn't want to spend 300+ just in case I hated it. The pebble team has done an excellent job with the original hardware and squeezed about every bit of usefulness out of it. I use it when I run along with run keeper, and for notifications throughout the day. Having a color screen and long battery life is a win win for me. That said I am also planning on the Apple watch as well
  • I'm not sure from your analogy which of the failed companies that you think is the "bad" one, but I would say that the Pebble is definitely the Nokia flip-phone of smartwatches. Junky, old-fashioned tech, cheap, etc.
  • $5.8 million and 25,000 in pledges in just over half a day says otherwise. I don't own one but I almost pulled the trigger on a Pebble Steel a few days ago but held off when I saw the count down on their website. To me the Pebble sits in a perfect middle position between things like the Apple Watch and Android Wear who try to do everything and fitness bands that do very little. Some people, myself included just need notifications and other basic functions without all the health stuff.
  • Who wants a color screen that looks like it was pulled out of the 90's tech bag.
  • e-ink displays may not be the best out there, but for this application its a great one I think. The long battery life is a definite plus for me.
  • I agree good for battery life but for me I would take it off every night anyways so having to charge one more device is not a big deal for me.
  • Those that enjoy a long lasting battery life with their smart watch.
  • I dunno. The original appeal of the Pebble is "geek chic." It's ugly, but in a geeky, techie sort of way. This is not that. This is just plain old "ugly" IMO.
  • I was an original pebble backer, so I had it before many people knew what a smart watch was. I had more comments from total strangers about the watch than any other watch I have owned, and I've owned a lot of watches over the years. I think your comment about the original is spot on. I think the new pebble is better looking imho.
  • In 80 minutes (of their 31-day campaign), they've already raised $2.6M of their $500,000 goal. That's more than 5x their goal in less than an hour and a half. I feel confident that they will smash past their last record in less than 24 hours, and likely set new ones before the end of the campaign. Cool watch, great improvements, but I'm still gonna put my money behind the Apple watch, come April. Great job, Pebble!
  • Not sure if I'll ever understand what's so great about the apple watch oh right "nothing" the first gen isn't great by any means rather wait till they come out with something better but for now still sticking with pebble
  • Apple Watch or Android Wear for me. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • For an iPhone user aren't the choices pretty much limited to the Pebble or the Apple Watch?
    I love my original Pebble and I chose to back the Pebble Time. I just can't justify the price of the Apple Watch, nor do I want to have to charge it every day. The Apple Watch is certainly beautiful but I just don't think it's for me.
  • No Siri. Can't do it. Shame. Looks like I'll be getting the Apple Watch after all. Sent from the iMore App
  • As I posted on another thread, one of the other advantages that Pebble has over the Apple Watch is water resistance. I wear my pebble swimmin, in the shower, etc with no problems. That won't be true of the Apple Watch. I have a problem wearing something as expensive as the Apple Watch only wrist if it can be ruined if I forget to take it of before showering. Love my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air, but I think I will be getting another Pebble.
  • I believe they said the Apple Watch is good to go in the shower, just not swimming or diving. Sent from the iMore App
  • Getting this. I'll pass of my GwatchR to my brother. Week long battery life, and the (eventual) freedom to leave iOS and Android. Blackberry will soon have my money again...... If they ever make a freaking full touch phone. *tosses salt* "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • What do you mean full touch phone? I thought the z10 and z30 were full touch? Anyway I'd get this too I was going to buy a pebble last month but I decided to wait for something with a colour screen.
  • They're full touch, but both are about 2 years+ old at this time. An update to both of them would be nice. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • Are you sure the Pebble works with Balckberry?
    Are you sure you want a BlackBerry?
    Or are you just being sarcastic? Sent from the iMore App
  • The older Pebbles are unofficially supported with BB10. and I wasn't being sarcastic, I actually like the operating system, and almost bought my own Z30 after using one for a few months, but then it occurred to me that the phone was 2 years old and that's not exactly worth the $250-300 if I wanted to use it more than a year or so. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • Hammer Time! Sent from the iMore App
  • Sounds interesting. But it the same... Except for the color display and microphone.
    No health tracking options. I don't want two wearables. Sent from the iMore App