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Microsoft wants to work with Pebble to add Windows Phone support

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Microsoft wants to work with Pebble to add Windows Phone support
Pebble is the most popular, and likely the best smartwatch that is currently on the market, but the wearable only supports Android and iOS right now. Microsoft wants to change that, or at least one engineer at Microsoft wants to change that by announcing intentions to work with Pebble to bring Windows Phone support for the smartwatch.

Microsoft engineer Sam Stokes took to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) blog to talk about his intentions. Stokes mentions the unofficial Pebble app that already exists for Windows Phone, but mentions that it has serious limitations because it doesn't utilize background task objects. He also says that he spoke with a Pebble Watch engineer, and surprisingly the engineer "didn’t know that the interface with Windows 8 is similar to the interface they use with the iPhone", and so Stokes will "explore the possibility of working with the Pebble Watch". 

This doesn't necessarily mean that anything will come from all this. Exploring the possibility doesn't mean that there will be an official Pebble app for Windows Phone, but it is a very good start in that direction.

source: MSDN via WinBeta 

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posted on 14 Apr 2014, 21:31 1

1. Neo_Huang (Posts: 376; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


One of the only two smartwatches I've ever seen in real life, with the other being a Samsung Galaxy Gear.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 08:21 1

7. marbovo (Posts: 643; Member since: 16 May 2013)


So you have seen 2/3 of smartwatch BIG industry and about of 90% of the market share...

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 21:36

2. joey_sfb (Posts: 2899; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Microsoft should made their x86 windows 8.1 more sleek reduce the hardware requirements much like what Google has done with kitkat.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 02:16 1

5. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Windows 8 X86 has always been more sleek than Windows 7. I know people don't want to hear it because of the anti-metro/modern mindset but it's the truth. My laptop came with vista in 2009 and has continued to see performance boosts with every new version and update (yes I upgraded to windows 7 as soon as I got it).

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 16:05

11. pookiewood (Posts: 582; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Exactly! With Windows 8 you have already kicked off your Youtube video while Win7 is still at the Windows Splash Screen on the same system! So amazed at how fast my DV8P is with boots times and that on the slower side granted it's quad core but Laptops and Desktops are even faster than that.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 23:23

3. a_tumiwa (Posts: 264; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


why dont Microsoft make their own smartwatch...
Xbox Watch should be cool

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 00:22 2

4. aksa123 (Posts: 201; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


LOL, smartwatch for gaming.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 02:18

6. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Call it Zune Watch. I wish microsoft stop forcing the xbox brand on non-gaming things. Xbox Music/Video should be renamed. Cortana can stay though because of how random it is lol.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 08:26 1

8. marbovo (Posts: 643; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Zune is so depressing, huge flop, so no reason to use the name

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:16

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 1567; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


shoot Cortana is as much as xbox as xbox is as much of MS.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 13:26

10. Dastrix (Posts: 587; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I don't think that's a good idea. Resurrecting Zune, I mean. Better to sick with Xbox.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 16:06

12. pookiewood (Posts: 582; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I miss the Zune name! I also always get mad when shows/etc. poke fun at Zune. Just like the Dreamcast it was ahead of it's time. Now look at how everyone is going to a subscription music service. MS has had that forever.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 18:30

13. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Don't see the need for it... Don't think industry is ready yet... I think it will be a phase that will come and go within 10 years.

Perhaps I am wrong.

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