Why the new Pebble app and app store for Android is delayed
Wong begins his explanation by saying that Android users are important to the whole Pebble team. That statement alone foreshadows bad news ahead for Pebbles' Android users. He explains how he wears two Pebble watches at a time so that he can continually test both the iOS and Android version of the watch. He also explains how complex the 2.0 Pebble Android app is, how it runs on 27 different flavors and versions of Android 4.x and needs to continue to update in the background even if Android is powered off.
Wong says that the reason why the Android version of the app has lagged the iOS variant, is the lack of resources on the Android side. Pebble has had a small team working on the Android update. A version of the 2.0 Pebble Android app has been sent out to developers and it is the feedback from these code jockeys that Pebble is using to make the update as good as it can be. Still, Wong writes, "In order to ship a high quality, reliable Android experience that will work for many thousands of users across the myriad of devices and operating systems, we need engineers working on the Android app who are both fantastic engineers and great Android developers."
Reading Wong's comments, it surely sounds that the Android update will not be ready as soon as Pebble initially said it would be. Wong says that the Android app won't go out the door until it is working for all Android users. That will require a constant refining of the app until that point is reached, and it is not going to happen that quickly.
Sounds like Android users picked the wrong, ahem, time to buy a Pebble smartwatch.
source: Pebble via AndroidCentral
1. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Does anyone care about installing apps on a tiny screened watch?
2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Let alone buy it? idk I think some people do
6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I do (if I own one). I want to be able to make it as functional as possible, so I don't waste my money buying it for the sake of telling time only
9. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Hey I have a Smartwatch 2 form Sony, and I wouldn't trade it for any other watch in the world. I use A LOT during my average day, and love the fact that I can integrate my workouts with it. I even use it in the Sauna after workouts, while my phone sits safely in my locker. Don't knock it until you try it.
5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
You clearly haven't read their article on fragmentation yet
7. fanboyoftech (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
Sounds like fragmentation to me. And I own an S4, and a 5S, switching between both with my Pebble. It's a much better experience with iOS. Either way though, while plastic and ugly, I can't live without my Pebble. Android sounds tough to develop for though, wow.
8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I've been wanting to own a Pebble (especially after seeing the Steel version), but I haven't really found a need for it. How's your experience with it?
10. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Get a Smartwatch 2 if you have an Android device. I have one and it's fantastic. The Pebble just seemed like a cheaper uglier little brother after I did more research, and compared the two. The app support has really stepped it up, and you don't have to worry about dealing with a company that gives a rival OS precedence.
12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Is the Pebble Steel really that ugly to you?