Microsoft wants to work with Pebble to add Windows Phone support

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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13 Comments

1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

7. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

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).

11. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

3. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

4. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

LOL, smartwatch for gaming.

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.

8. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

10. Dastrix unregistered

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

12. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 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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