Back in 2016, Fitbit, a fitness band manufacturer had acquired Pebble, a Kickstarter project for a basic smartwatch and had shut down its operations. But Fitbit had said that it will keep on supporting the Pebble eco-system until 2018. Now, that 2018 is here, the company seems to have extended the support for six more months.
This news was broken on Fitbit’s own developer’s blog, where it stated that all the Pebble users will be able to fully utilise their Pebble branded smartwatches through June 30, 2018, after which the voice recognition features, SMS and email replies, timeline pins with third-party apps, the Pebble app store, forum and CloudPebble development tool will stop working. This is due to Fitbit closing down all of the Pebble’s official servers.
If you are a Pebble smartwatch owner residing in the United States, Fitbit is offering an additional discount of $50 (Approximately Rs 3,180) for you on purchasing the Fitbit Ionic. This offer is valid for all the customers who purchased a Pebble smartwatch before Fitbit acquired Pebble on December 7, 2016. To get the full procedure as to how to avail the additional $50 discount users can visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIBNNUVNiIRFGlPOgUFFbb0W-eK-v9JcEde-CvEfT70_AJDw/viewform and fill the form to receive the procedure.
For the users who decide to upgrade to the Fitbit Iconic smartwatch, it seems like a pretty good substitute for the Pebble smartwatches due to the developer support for the apps being extremely strong. And similar to the Pebble watches, the Fitbit Ionic is also able to easily provide a battery life of 4-5 days on a single charge.