Mass production of the Pebble Time watch starts next week; device ships in the second half of May

Mass production of the Pebble Time watch starts next week; device ships in the second half of May
At this time last year, Pebble controlled the smart wearable market with a 35% share. But with a variety of intelligent timepieces hitting the market, the guys at Pebble were smart enough to know when it was time to start from scratch, something similar to what Samsung did with its flagship phone this year. So back to Kickstarter went Pebble, and this time it smashed all records by raising $20 million for its new Pebble Time watch. 

Pebble issued a release on Monday giving an update on where Pebble Time currently stands. The good news is that mass production will begin later this week. This is a week later than originally scheduled. Many who funded Pebble Time will still have their watch shipped this month. Some will receive their watch in early June.

The e-ink display offers quite a colorful screen and Pebble says that it is still working on icons. New colorful designs for system apps like Alarms, Calendar, Music, Notifications, Sports, and Settings will take advantage of the new screen. Out of the box, Pebble Time will include a new timeline interface so you can check out events that happened in the Past, events happening in the Present and those taking place in the Future. That can include weather info, sports scores and your calendar.

Some new features coming with Pebble Time include the ability to store as many apps and watch faces as possible. If there is no memory left, the apps will store on your iOS or Android handset. A new sports app will cover all professional and NCAA sports. You can have scores and schedules pushed to your timeline. And Android users will be able to dictate short text message replies to notifications received on the smartwatch. A similar feature will be available soon for iOS users. Among new things being worked on for Pebble Time include an app for voice notes, a stocks app, a weather watch face and album cover art for the music app.

Starting next week, backers will be able to lock in their color selection in the Reward Portal. Most importantly, shipping will take place beginning in the second half of this month.


source: Kickstarter via AndroidCentral

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16 Comments

1. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I was really looking forward to the next Pebble, until I saw it. I feel like this is a step backwards from the P Steel. A lot of you were complaining about the black and white screen of the Pebble and I think they felt a lot of pressure to produce a color watch. Well thanks a lot. We now have a watch made for a 5 year old. The black and white "e-ink" screen was great in my opinion.

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

LOL true I would rather have the black white e-ink than a childish 12-bit color display.

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1610; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Those bezels just turned me off :(

2. waddup121 unregistered

yeah.

3. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

I ordered the Pebble Time Steel. Looking forward to it.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

black bezel is just too big.. but 12-bit color and 7day battery life still great thing right :P

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

bezel and design looks dumb.

5. seven7dust unregistered

I wish they'd work with fitbit or another fitness tracker to improve the fitness features , then It'll be awesome apple watch competitior for people who don't mind the screen. but just notification on your wrist is boring and tired it's been done before and failed , yes a niche percentage like notfications but most want more apps. I'm afraid we'll have to wait for samsung again with the gear A though to offer all the better fitness fuctionality and apps support , even android wear is falling into the notifications trap.

6. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

This is the watch that makes the most sense to me, I don't get why everyone is putting these power hungry OLED/LCD displays in their watches. You don't need that much clarity in a watch, these coloured eink displays do the same job but require way less power. Sadly though I think the giant bezels ruin it and it lacks any fitness features, they really should have done a deal with a company to make fitness bands from the get go.

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

surely the change on design is for worse..

7. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Not a fan of that screen, looks crap to b e honest.

8. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Is there any screen on that thing? :) I do not see it ... It seems all bezels to me, no screen at all :(

12. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

no wifi, useless. having the g watch makes me realize how much i'm missing from the lack of wifi support. my phone's bluetooth is only good for 10 feet. i expect this to be the same

15. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

No WiFi = usless. Ok maybe to you but i prefer to use my actual phone to do normal stuff, I'm just gonna look at the watch for notifcations and the odd voice command/text.

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Omg, the UI looks similar to the Hello Kitty girls watch. They could had made something a little bit more professional or astectically more pleasing.

16. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

Everyone seems to be hating on the bezels and screen. Color e-paper is pretty awesome technology, and I think it will really find it's stride in the next few years as they continue to perfect it. I agree, the bezels are a bit wide, but I don't think they make it ugly. Also, the smart strap port leaves it wide open for FitBit and others to make accessories. Who knows, there could easily be a partnership in the near future. Personally, I work out regularly and don't really care for health features or step counters on a wearable. My bluetooth works well over 10 ft, usually it works even in the gym when my phone is in my locker and have my Pebble on my wrist. I do not want to watch movies or anything on my wrist, Wi-Fi is not needed. I'm an eye doctor, and for courtesy I don't take my phone into the exam room with me, it is a few rooms away in my office. I like that my current Pebble just shows my notifications in a non-distracting way (a vibration under my sleeve) so I can glance at them discreetly while testing my patients, and then make a point to get to my phone between appointments to reply when needed. I take it off as soon as I get home, and forget to charge it all the time, but thankfully the battery lasts for days and days. I'll certainly be getting a Pebble Time, just not sure which version yet.

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