Pebble to officially be sold at Best Buy starting July 7th
posted by Michael H. / Jul 02, 2013, 12:43 PM
Last night, we heard a rumor that Pebble was trying to put together a deal which would have its smart watch sold in Best Buy stores, and today we're finding out that story was accurate and the deal has been completed. Pebble has officially signed up with Best Buy so its smart watch will be exclusively sold in Best Buy stores around the country.
The Pebble smart watch is already available through Best Buy's website for $149.99, and according to the announcement, you will be able to purchase the Pebble in Best Buy stores on July 7th for the same price. At first, Jet Black will be the only color option, but Cherry Red will show up sometime in August.
Pebble Brings Its Wearable Tech Exclusively to Best Buy - Pebble is the innovative and customizable Bluetooth watch that seamlessly brings information from iOS and Android devices to your wrist. - Pebble is Kickstarter's most successful crowdfunding project ever: earning more than $10.2 million from more than 68,000 backers. - Pebble's exclusive retail launch partnership with Best Buy will help satisfy strong demand, expanding the user base for its app ecosystem.
Palo Alto, CA (July 2, 2013) – Pebble Technology proudly announces the exclusive launch of its record-breaking smart watch in Best Buy stores this summer. Jet Black versions of the programmable, waterproof, app-enabled smart watch are available online now at bestbuy.com/pebble and in all US Best Buy stores on Sunday, July 7 (MSRP $149.99). Pebble's expansion into retail distribution is a key step in meeting the tremendous public demand for its crowd-supported e-paper watch for iOS and Android.
"It's been so rewarding to see and share the great things our early backers and development partners have done with Pebble already," says CEO Eric Migicovsky. "Their work and our evolving app ecosystem has kept demand very high. Best Buy's partnership with us is a big step towards meeting that demand."
Pebble's black-and-white e-paper display is sharp and clear, with animated graphics that are fully readable in bright daylight. The watch pairs with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, allowing for wrist-top notifications like text messages, emails, and incoming calls as well as remote control features for music and other media playing from the phone.Pebble's watch band is fully customizable as well, compatible with any standard 22mm strap.
While offering a full-featured out-of-box experience, Pebble also gives those who are eager to build and tinker the tools they need to expand the watch's usability. Pebble's evolving, open development platform allows people to create and share watch apps-from custom watchfaces and stopwatches to fitness trackers and games-making a wide range of designs and utilities available for all. Pebble users can also enjoy existing integrations with popular sports apps RunKeeper and FreeCaddie, with more apps to come in the future.
"The outpouring of support from our Kickstarter backers was the first signal to our team that Pebble's approach to smart, wearable technology was something the world was ready for," recalls Migicovsky. "We've learned that people want their Pebbles. Thanks to Best Buy, we're giving folks more ways to make that happen."
Jet Black Pebbles are available now on bestbuy.com/pebble and in stores on July 7, with Cherry Red Pebbles to follow in August. Pebble's three other colors-Orange, Grey, and Arctic White-remain available for pre-order on getpebble.com.
This annoys me because I backed Pebble on Kickstarter and me, along with quite a few other people, haven't received our Pebbles yet. Black and red are the only colors that have been shipped out. There are still 3 other colors that need to be produced. They really need to get that done before they start selling them to non backers
I'd buy one... if it wasn't USB. Waterproof designs have to rely on other things to remain waterproof even if the user isn't that smart or always forgets to seal everything back in order to swim... Is the Sony Smartwatch 2 wireless charge compatible?
Zennacko, what are you talking about? The Pebble IS WATERPROOF without any sealing or doors that need to be closed. It's charging connection is a magnetic contact point similar to that of the Mac Books.
I just found out the pebble smart watch works with Blackberries OS 10 so I don't know why they claim on they're website that it's only Apple and Android compatible on a lighter not I've never been a big fan of smart watches since the battery life was terrible for most of them but I'ma jump on board. I like the idea of going a whole week with out charging the watch and that it's water proof, keep in kind you can go swimming with it or take a shower but not scuba diving.
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