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Why the new Pebble app and app store for Android is delayed

Why the new Pebble app and app store for Android is delayed
It has been over a week since Pebble released its 2.0 app for iOS, which included the Pebble app store. At the time, Pebble said that the Android version would be coming soon. But now, that doesn't seem to be the case. On its own blog, Pebble had Kean Wong, the head of its software engineering group, explain why those Pebble users wearing the Android version of the timepiece have been shut out for now.

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."

"The reason why the Android version of the 2.0 Pebble app has lagged the iOS version is fundamentally pretty simple – it has purely been a matter of resources. 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. We have had a very small team working on the 2.0 Android app for a long time, building up the foundational pieces of the app (such as the Javascript environment, to expose the Javascript capability enabled in many new 2.0 Pebble apps), working on the appstore integration, and doing a huge amount of work on the user-onboarding process...We have released previews of the 2.0 Android app through our developer program, and will keep refining the Android app until it is working well for all Android users – only at that point is it ready to go out the door."-Kean Wong, head of software development group, Pebble

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.

The Pebble app store for Android has been delayed
The Pebble app store for Android has been delayed
The Pebble app store for Android has been delayed

The Pebble app store for Android has been delayed


source: Pebble via AndroidCentral

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 22:54

1. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Does anyone care about installing apps on a tiny screened watch?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 23:17

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1511; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Let alone buy it? idk I think some people do

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 23:45

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4032; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


More usable than google glass

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 00:06

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 775; 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

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 08:50

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.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:24

11. Da_realness (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Yes(pebble owner)!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 23:45 1

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4032; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


To sum the article up, fragmentation.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 00:04 4

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 775; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


You clearly haven't read their article on fragmentation yet

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 02:00 1

7. fanboyoftech (Posts: 27; 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.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 02:24

8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 775; 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?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 08:51

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.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 19:26

12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 775; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Is the Pebble Steel really that ugly to you?

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