If you were comparing the original Pebble smartwatch to the recently-released Pebble Time, you might not even realize that the two wearables were produced by the same company. Not just because of their hardware differences, but also their software. With the Pebble Time, Pebble introduced a super intuitive timeline-based interface that allows users to organize their past, present and future in an easy way. And way back when the Time was still in the land of crowdfunding, the Pebble team promised to bring this new Pebble Firmware 3.0 to the rest of its lineup. Although not here yet, that day will soon be upon us – Pebble has announced that the timeline interface is coming to the Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel this month.
For now, the beta version of Pebble Firmware 3.8 is available only to a few select Android users who get accepted into the beta testing program. To sign up, visit the Google+ page below to throw your hat into the ring. Once you get accepted, follow the instructions on the Community page to download the new beta firmware. If you don’t get accepted, no need to worry – Pebble release the consumer-ready version of 3.8 sometime before the new year.
It should be noted that watches upgraded to version 3.8 will only be available in English for the time being. The public version will include support for French, German and Spanish.
Aside from the revamped timeline interface, version 3.8 also brings along with it the ability to load up more applications on the Pebble Classic and Steel. Previously, these wearables could only have 8 apps installed at one time. This should be a welcome change for anyone wanting more apps on their Pebbles. Interested? Follow the link below to sign up for the beta testing program.