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."


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.


source: Pebble via AndroidCentral

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12 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Let alone buy it? idk I think some people do

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

More usable than google glass

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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

9. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

11. Da_realness

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Yes(pebble owner)!

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

To sum the article up, fragmentation.

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

You clearly haven't read their article on fragmentation yet

7. fanboyoftech

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 30, 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.

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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?

10. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

12. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Is the Pebble Steel really that ugly to you?

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