Say goodbye to these Pebble smartwatch features on June 30
Your watch will still work -- but new owner Fitbit is shutting down the servers.
Sean HollisterSenior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
Timeline pins from third-party apps (Calendar pins will keep working)
CloudPebble development tool
One of my favorite places to use my Pebble Time Steel is in the car, because I don't need to look at a screen to tap a couple buttons and speak a sentence like "Hey, love, I'm on my way home" to reply to my wife's texts. But without SMS replies and voice recognition, I won't be able to do that.
But honestly, it's remarkable how well Pebble watches will work even after June 30. They'll mostly still function as normal, their apps will still be able to access the internet and you'll be able to side-load apps from sources other than the official appstore -- all because Pebble put a contingency plan in place.
The new June 30 date is effectively 6 months of additional life for a platform that could have easily died a year ago, but for the love of its community.
Of course, Fitbit does have a slight ulterior motive. It would love Pebble owners to buy a Fitbit instead, and so it's also offering $50 off the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch for any Pebble owner. The "upgrade program" will begin this spring.