Pebble made a splash this year at CES with the announcement of the Pebble Steel, a new model of its best-in-class smartwatch featuring a metal design and new features like a LED notification light. For owners of the original Pebble, the announcement that the long-awaited Pebble 2.0 software would launch with the Pebble Steel was the even better news. The company has confirmed that the new software and firmware will launch tomorrow, February 3, for iOS. The biggest disappointment here is that Android users will have to wait, as the company has stated the app for Android has been “slightly delayed”.
Pebble’s 2.0 software includes a curated App Store for apps specifically designed for the Pebble and Pebble Steel. While apps on the Pebble aren’t necessarily anything new – apps like Glance for Android users have given some app capabilities to the original Pebble for some time now – the Pebble 2.0 software brings some bigger apps to the smartwatch. Apps like ESPN, Yelp, and Foursquare will be available at launch, with likely many more to come.
I can’t stress enough how much of a disappointment it is though that the Android version is delayed. It’s not about Android vs. iOS here, although many discussion forums around the web are on fire with jabs between their respective fanboys. This is about Pebble ensuring the best possible experience for all of its users at launch, and admittedly it is perplexing that the company would focus on iOS first considering the development and API restrictions Apple imposes. If the Android version wasn’t ready, then in my opinion the company should have withheld both versions.
Check back with Mind Of The Geek shortly after the launch of the Android version for my full review of the Pebble 2.0 software.