Pebble to introduce new thinner watch with a color screen?

With the Apple Watch soon to hit the market, and with smartphone manufacturers turning out smartwatches left and right, can Pebble keep its head above water? One way for Pebble to continue to remain relevant would be for the company to unveil a brand new watch, which apparently is what is going to take place next week.

Pebble's website this morning revealed a countdown timer pointing to an announcement due to be made next Tuesday at 10am EST. According to those in the know, Pebble will introduce a new model with a wider screen and a color display that looks like e-paper. The entire watch will be thinner. Despite the changes, battery life will reportedly stay the same

The new watch is expected to feature a brand new OS and a microphone, which could lead to a whole new series of apps produced by third party developers. A heart rate monitor cannot yet be supported by Pebble's internals, something that is not expected to change with the new timepiece. And the display is still not a touchscreen.

It also is possible that the announcement has nothing to do with a newly designed model at all. We will know for sure next Tuesday. Head over to the sourcelink to watch the countdown timer tick away the days, hours and seconds until the announcement is made.

source: Pebble via 9to5Mac, RedmondPie



1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

If they do what I am thinking they will this will be my 1st smartwatch. Androidwear with its crappy battery and s**tty OEM designs, expect moto is pushing me away and apple's watch just doesn't seem that special for its price tag.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7622; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Color screen is a step forward, but if its not a touch screen, then they have taken a big step back. Buttons are one thing, but they need to get with the times. Also Android Wear is anything but crappy. Its very robust and powerful. In fact if Pebble was smart then they could develop their Android Wear watch and exclusive app for Android Wear to emulate the Pebble OS since its a tiny OS that has to work within 128 KB of ram and 32 mb of storage. Also Pebble OS only allows 8 faces/apps to be loaded at any one time, because of its limited storage. To put things in perspective every Android Wear device has 512 mb of ram or 4096 times more ram then any Pebble. As far as storage every Android Wear device has 4 GB of storage or 128 times the storage of a Pebble watch. In fact you can even install and play music directly from any Android device without the need to have a smart phone with you. Plus every Android Wear supports has a touch color display and they support voice actions and commands. You can play Doom, play Gameboy and PS games. Pebble can only dream about things like that. To talk about battery life, milage of course varies, but I can get 3-4 days from my Sony SmartWatch 3 on a single charge. The Pebble was great when it first came out, but it can't hold a candle to what Android Wear can do. This is coming from a guy who also owns and still has a Pebble.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Ever since Pebble announce that their watch has been updated to support Android Wear, I ordered one Jet Black from their website. I know all its short coming that why I never bother in the past but supporting Android Wear with a 2 year old smart watch, this I have to see for myself.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What exactly do you mean by "updated to support Android Wear" Do you mean it will actually run Android Wear? That would be great as then we would finally have an Android Wear Watch with more than 3 days battery

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012 i still waiting for my watch. Will know more when i get it.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Thanks, that sounds good

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7622; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It can never run Android Wear apps. However they did update Pebble to be able to look at and respond to Android Wear Notifications. It would be impossible for a cortex-M3 MCU with 128 kb of ram and only 32 Mb (64 Mb for the Pebble steel) to be able to run Android Wear or any of its apps. Also the Pebble as no color touch screen display or microphone to respond to voice actions or commands. Android Wear would be impossible to run on any current Pebble hardware. Unless Pebble comes out with hardware like the current gen Android Wear smart watches.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am beginning to have a better opinion of pebble, they continue to work on their original kickstarter model giving it new features delivering on their original kickstarter promises. Most kickstarter project will be dead after 2 years after the model is shipped to backers. With such reasoning i ordered a pebble watch to pair with my Note 3.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i actually prefer the physical button input of the Pebble. it's like what Tim Cook was saying during the Apple Watch announcement, sometimes a touch interface can be a hinderence on something with a watch form factor. nearly everything you're saying is going to be irrelevant to the 90% of smartwatch owners that use their smartwatches the way they should and that's as an extension and an interface for the powerful, storage plentiful smartphone that you already have. the Pebble performs better on less, and if i'm not using a watchface that shows anything like weather information my Steel lasts a week versus a day, day and a half on my Moto 360 with brightness set to the lowest and ambient display off and even when i do keep use the Pebble more it still lasts twice as long as my 360. it's easy to read at any given time and i can use it with my iPhone. Android Wear is pretty great but the Pebble is more practical in my opinion.

6. Furbal unregistered

I'll take hardware buttons over touchscreen anyday. Far easier to use when hands are wet from swimming/shower/sweat.

8. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

TOTALLY AGREE - Plus a watch - no matter how well designed it is, LOOKS UGLY with finger smudges all over the display.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7622; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's why you can use your voice as well for actions or commands on Android Wear smart watches. "Show my steps", "Whats my heart rate", "play ", "What is stock price", "current temperature", and the list goes on and on. I guess you never tried a smart watch that can do all those things.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'm looking forward to this. i have a Pebble Steel and a Moto 360 and while i like using them both really well i find myself going back to the Steel a lot because it's just a better watch for three very important reasons, the battery life, the legibility of the display and it's able to be used on Android and iOS instead of one or the other. very important since i use both.

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