Last week, we reported that the fitness wearable company Fitbit acquired Pebble. The news made Pebble users a bit nervous, as they suddenly found themselves in a state of uncertainty as to the fate of their devices.
But fear not, my friends. According to the company’s recent blog post, Pebble’s software and services will still be available for at least another year — until the end of 2017. What will happen after that is anyone’s guess right now.
As the blog post states, the Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, developer portal, and Pebble app store will all remain in service through 2017. Developers are therefore still able to create new as well as update existing apps, while Pebble users can continue using their beloved smartwatches.
The company’s mobile apps will be updated in a matter of a few months in order to loosen their dependency on a patchwork of cloud services and to make sure that the core functionalities – like Pebble Health — will keep working smoothly.
But it remains unclear what’s going to happen with features dependent on third-party services like dictation, messaging, weather, and others. Pebble says that it is currently evaluating just how long these features can continue and will hopefully announce whatever it comes up with to the public soon.
Do you own a Pebble watch? Are you happy to hear that Pebble’s software and services will still be available in 2017?