Pebble

By Jonah Comstock 11:31 am January 25, 2018
When Fitbit acquired indie smartwatch maker Pebble at the end of 2016, it was clear from the beginning that it would be the end of the line for Pebble devices. In fact, Fitibit didn't even acquire Pebble's hardware assets. A year later, Fitbit seems determined to let Pebble's fiercely loyal userbase down easy — and to convert as many of them as possible into users of the company's fledgling...
By Jonah Comstock 05:18 pm April 5, 2017
Stanley launches mobile app for seniors. Stanley Healthcare, a division of Stanley Black and Decker, has added a mobile app component to its Arial Emergency Call platform. The Arial app is designed as a better way for caregivers to be notified when a senior activates the platform via a pendant or a wall-mounted call station. The app makes it easier for caregivers to identify notifications, take...
By Jonah Comstock 11:27 am February 23, 2017
The hard financial news wasn't good on Fitbit's fourth quarter earnings call: The company's revenue, at $574 million, was down 19.3 percent year-over-year, and down $2 million from the company's projection. It was also the second consecutive quarter that the company missed its earnings target. Fitbit released a statement a few weeks ago detailing the immediate plan to get earnings back on track:...
By Jonah Comstock 01:21 pm January 9, 2017
When Fitbit bought Pebble at the end of last year, the evidence seemed against Fitbit branching into real smartwatches: The company explicitly declined to buy Pebble's hardware business or hire any members of Pebble's hardware team. But now Fitbit CEO James Park has confirmed to The Verge that Fitbit is planning to very soon launch its own app store, a sure sign, The Verge thinks, that Fitbit is...
By Jonah Comstock 04:10 pm December 7, 2016
Fitbit confirmed the rumored acquisition of Pebble today, but clarified that it is not acquiring the business in its entirety -- only the software IP and some personnel. Notably, Fitbit won't take on Pebble's debts or it's hardware assets, which the company could still sell in a separate deal, and Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky will not start a job at Fitbit. Instead, according to a report in...
By Jonah Comstock 03:54 pm December 5, 2016
It's been a rough couple of weeks for wearables. Yesterday, Lenovo announced it was abandoning its Moto Androidwear line indefinitely, with head of global product development Shakil Barkat saying "wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” according to The Verge. Last week it came out that Pebble, which arguably invented the smartwatch space, is...
By Jonah Comstock 09:29 am December 1, 2016
According to a scoop from The Information last night, fitness tracker market leader Fitbit will buy beleaguered smartwatch pioneer Pebble. TechCrunch and Engadget are both citing anonymous sources, saying that the deal is for between $34 million and $40 million -- barely enough, TechCrunch says, for Pebble to cover its debts. The news isn't entirely unexpected -- it was clear that Pebble was...
By Jonah Comstock 03:27 pm August 31, 2016
Smartwatch company Pebble, which has had a renewed focus on health and fitness features since last May, released a major update to its app and firmware, once again focused on health features. The Verge first spotted the update.  Basically, Pebble has made it easier for users to access their health features. Now one tap on the watch face brings up activity and sleep results in a redesigned format...
By Aditi Pai 04:10 pm May 11, 2016
Pebble has launched a number of updates to its health app, called Pebble Health, which first launched in December 2015. The company’s newly revamped Pebble Health app was developed in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University. The app tracks users’ activity and automatically detects their sleep phases. It sends data to Pebble’s user interface, called Timeline.  The new Pebble Health...
By Jonah Comstock 03:13 pm March 24, 2016
Smartwatch maker Pebble, one of the first entrants into the space, has laid off 40 employees, or 25 percent of its workforce, the company told Tech Insider yesterday. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky cited a decreasing availability of venture funding as the reason for the layoffs, but its hard not to make the connection to increasing competition in the smartwatch market, namely the launch of the Apple...