Pebble has left the building

by Volker Weber

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Pebble is ceasing all hardware operations. We are no longer manufacturing, promoting, or selling any new products. Active Pebble models in the wild will continue to work. ...

Backers will get refunds for any unfulfilled rewards. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, we were excited to bring Pebble 2, Time 2, and Core to the world. We’ve since shipped every Pebble 2 possible, but can’t say the same for the remaining rewards. Pebble Time 2, Pebble Core, and Pebble Time Round Kickstarter Editions will not go into final production.

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And this news comes on the exact same day my Pebble 2 SE arrived by mail. But I can't complain that I haven't been warned before, I bought the watch anyway. Hope the watch and the app survive several OS updates, before they go down the trail of planned (or conscious?) obsolescence. Ironic that I plan to use the watch with the BB PRIV ...

Christian Rosner, 2016-12-07 21:24

At least they (promise to) refund all backers who won't get their requested product. There is a certain risk in crowdfunding projects. Anyone supporting one should know that. And fitbit probably doesn't want to start off on the wrong foot with the pebble fans more than necessary, so they chose to pay back all unfulfilled pledges. There are way too many examples where backers were much worse off.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2016-12-07 21:33

Careful. Return if possible: "Pebble functionality or service quality may be reduced in the future."

Volker Weber, 2016-12-08 00:30

no returns. they stated that very clearly

Johannes Matzke, 2016-12-08 05:55

No plans to return the watch, although possible. In case it stays on my wrist more than 6 months, then there is a solid business case for me to replace it with any other smartwatch if necessary. My primary need is a watch, the notifications and the activity tracking are more of a bonus feature for me. And I hope that the basic features of the Pebble do not rely on any "cloud" service and last at least 6 to 12 months.

My main reason to pick the Pebble were the permanent time display and the battery life up to a week (no charger needed on business travel). I don't see many alternatives on the market with these features (obviously except 'real' watches).

Christian Rosner, 2016-12-08 07:04

No return, no. I was talking about the promised refund for those who pledged for perished that weren't shipped.

Ragnar Schierholz , 2016-12-08 07:21

Ironic - I have been in on every Pebble Kickstarter. The third Pebble KS is the first one of many (>30) KS projects that fizzles (but at least I'll get paid back)

I haven't been that happy with Pebble Time the last couple of months since the 4.0 software update. Sleep tracking seems to be completely off, and I've had numerous pairing problems.

Still love the idea of the Pebble but might look at another smart watch next year

Jens-Christian Fischer, 2016-12-08 15:47

Just FYI, I received the refund in the meantime. I even got a reasonable interest rate due to exchange rate effects... 5.35% in a little less than six months. :-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2016-12-15 11:42

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