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Pebble is shutting down, with Fitbit acquiring its technology, software, and other intellectual property. This will affect anyone who currently owns a Pebble product, because it means your smartwatch is likely to stop working in the not-too-distant future.

After much speculation that an acquisition was imminent, Pebble has announced it’s actually shutting down. Fitbit is acquiring much of the IP which makes Pebble products work, and offering jobs to 40 percent of its staff. But Pebble, the former darling of Kickstarter Pebble Time Makes Millions on Kickstarter, Reddit Bans Stolen Nudes [Tech News Digest] Pebble Time Makes Millions on Kickstarter, Reddit Bans Stolen Nudes [Tech News Digest] It's Pebble Time, Reddit bans stolen porn, Google teases Chromebook Pixel 2, LinkedIn pays out, the return of plastic instruments, and the 1000th Google Chrome Experiment. Read More , is essentially no more.

This will affect anyone who has previously bought a Pebble smartwatch, was in the process of doing so, or was thinking about doing so in the future. The whys and wherefores are detailed in a blog post written by Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky.

How Pebble’s Demise Could Affect You

Firstly, “Pebble is no longer promoting, manufacturing, or selling any devices. Orders from pebble.com are no longer being accepted or fulfilled, including Pebble 2 pre-orders, which have not yet been charged or shipped.” So if you had a Pebble 2 on order, you can forget about it.

In addition to this, “warranty support is no longer available for Pebble watches”. This means that if your Pebble smartwatch is still under warranty, that has now been rendered null and void. So if your Pebble smartwatch Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Smartwatches are the new hottest trend in today's tech world, and the Pebble e-ink watch helped start the fire. The most successful Kickstarter project to date, the Pebble raised over $10 million during its 1-month... Read More stops working, you’re on your own.

Which brings us to the most egregious part of this whole sorry saga…

“Pebble devices will continue to work as normal. No immediate changes to the Pebble user experience will happen at this time. Pebble functionality or service quality may be reduced in the future.”

You might as well ignore the first part of that statement, because it’s rendered obsolete by the second part. For all intents and purposes, Pebble no longer exists, and, as revealed in a post on the latest Pebble Kickstarter, the company doesn’t “expect to release regular software updates or new Pebble features”.

The Smallest Soupcon of Hope Remains

A soupcon of hope remains thanks to the now-non-existent company suggesting it’s “working to reduce Pebble’s reliance on cloud services, letting all Pebble models stay active long into the future”. But in all honesty we wouldn’t recommend you holding your breath waiting for that to happen.

Do you own a Pebble product? How do you feel about the company shutting down and selling its assets? Are you concerned at the future prospects for your Pebble smartwatch? Or can you see some light at the end of the tunnel? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Fitbit Sucks D
    August 30, 2017 at 5:01 am

    So Fitbit have just announced pebble-esque smart watches, finally a step up from their piece of shit pedometers which every lunatic raved about for some reason unbeknown to me (more money than sense), yet Fitbit are charging $300 for their extortionate piece of crap that is just like any other smarthwatch currently on the market, having now removed Pebble from the scene as their cheaper competitor. So gutted Pebble has gone and the technology - an eink display watch that could last for 10 days, there's still not a single smartwatch that can even come close to this. I'm tired that we're constantly taking steps back with technology and the broken promises.

  2. Hiroshima
    May 12, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Hooray... This was my only good watch, and - since it held some valuable information - has become obselete. It is now only showing the URL "www.pebble/app". Connecting to my phone (which, by the way, was a nightmare in the past anyway) doesn't work. I'm disappointed in the company for such a ridiculous and unnecessary action. At least let them be just watches!

  3. Ann
    April 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Oh - and I forgot to add the watch face is separTing from the watch itself.

  4. Ann
    April 25, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I received my pebble for Mother's Day last year from my son.
    I love my pebble and have worn it all the time but this past couple of weeks it's not working any more . The screen has gone a funny faded purply grey and it is not giving me any information at all. I am so upset I could cry. Is there anyway of getting it fixed? It is still under warranty although I gather that means nothing. I don't understand how someone can sell you something and less than a year later not honour the warranty.

  5. Terry
    April 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    It is a bunch of crap that companies in this great country can take people's money and then they can file bankruptcy and not be one bit concerned about their customers! Congress needs to fix this and better protect the customer!! This action is Wrong!! My pebble time steel just quit working and all I have is a paper weight because I cannot get it fixed!!!!

  6. Earl M Lasko
    March 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    How can amazon continue to sell this watch claiming it's a smart watch. ? I purchased one for wife in 11 19 2016, 2 months later it only tells time, this is a scam

  7. Tembrock
    February 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Mine just reset itself today and stopped loading 3rd party apps. They say "Added" but then never show up . I'm stuck with the default options, lost all health data ("Corrupted Database") and basically have an "out of the box brick". I'm really, really sad. Also, I don't think I'll ever support FItbit after this.

  8. Andrew Martin
    January 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    My pebble stopped working today. Won't pair with my Android phone.

  9. Haden
    January 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I am truly disappointed that Pebble went under. They were building to fast and this lead to not much profit. As to my Pebble not working I have a pebble time steel and and it has not broken on me yet.

    • Tembrock
      February 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Mine has. Just today.

  10. Paul
    January 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Well it happened today. My pebble reset this morning. Will no longer pair with my phone. Reset its watch face to the basic useless one.

    I hope Eric is happy with himself. Not only will this hurt Kickstarter and new tech startups but I think Fitbit will be garbage once they incorporate the asshats from pebble into their fold.

  11. Superlative B
    December 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I saw this coming after the gen. 1 upgrades. What killed pebble for me was the push of new OS on older watches that totally zapped functionality and appeal. No kidding I went and bought old stock to get my watch back the way it came. I guarantee they will still work. There are so many third party apps and thats all you need is BT connection and push service. But ya screw pebble , they dug their own hole with too many things at once.

  12. Mauricio
    December 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I don't see any reason why existing Pebbles will stop working. I mean there will be no updates, so it will probably not work with future Android versions if they change significantly how they work (Android/wear notifications, BT connectivity changes, etc) but usually that does not happen all of a sudden but only with Android main version numbers. Is not like, now the company is gone, the watches are going to power off and refuse to work. I think those will be still usable for maybe a couple of years and with the developers community that was behind it probably even more.

    • Tembrock
      February 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      They are bricking it by forcing resets of the phone through the phone apps.

  13. TJ
    December 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    My Pebble has crashed every day for the last 4 days. I've not had a problem with it since I bought it 8 months ago, after much research. I'm so disappointed in Pebble, and I feel a bit of a fool tbh. I was so pleased with it as well, and now it doesn't work and I can't get support. Not what I expect for a £196 watch.

  14. P. Rapoport
    December 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    This article has no facts and no basis to say a watch will or will not work in the future. It's worthless, only quoting what's available elsewhere.

  15. Al
    December 11, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This is the trouble with purchasing products without local support. This warranty statement surely runs counter to the Australian Consumer Guarantee and I'm sure it would not be acceptable to leave consumers in this position if it was an Austraian company or a company with Australian distribution.

    Internet startups are all well and good but this incident just goes to highlight how fraught these ventures can be. And how consumers like myself will think twice next time they "support" new tech products from startups like this

  16. R. P. Connolly
    December 10, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Truly pissed me off. I don't appreciate the kind of business. I'm looking at the possibilites to file a complaint to the Commerce Dept or another appropriate governmnent department.

  17. joe shmoe
    December 9, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Not being that tech savy I ran to get a pebble. three simple little buttons and I have everything I need; text messages (receiving and sending by voice), other notifications, as well as that kick a## battery! I now dread the thought of having to be shackled with five thousand gew gaws and useless apps and intrusions. Like others have said, all good things, right?

  18. Paul Toto
    December 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I know it was just a business decision but I will never buy anything that is made by Fitbit!!!!

  19. john
    December 9, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I'm pretty pissed that the company is shutting down because of terrible management and driving themselves out of competition. I mean, really? Must have been a terrible CEO....I really liked the products and customer service. :(

  20. Simon
    December 8, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Pebble kickstarter backer from day 1.recently got the pebble 2HR.had ordered special edition round. I'm personally not worried my pebble 2 will not get future updates, I've got a Samsung gear s3 coming next week so I'm not bothered. I'm actually happy fitbit has bought the company's assets etc otherwise we'd struggle to get a refund. I actually got my refund using the bank/visa. All good things must come to an end, my last project I'll support on kickstarter as znaps has gone awol and now a payment strap project connected with pebble has used pebble's demise as their excuse to cancel production of their products and are not offering refunds. Understandable as obviously pebble watch firmware will die but there's still watches out there so they should have fulfilled their orders we paid for. Oh well.

  21. Anne Carpenter
    December 8, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Boo, Hiss! I'll just get a Gear Fit 2, then.

  22. David Mays
    December 8, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Really sad to hear this. Wish they had at least sold the whole company and not just the software assets so that it could at least live on and improve under a new owner.

  23. Gabriel
    December 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I'm very disappointed. I own the pebble time and is my dearest watch. I'm sad to see the company go and to see that there is nothing I can do.

  24. Geolemon
    December 8, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    It's a shame since I considered Pebble to be the only watch worth considering, at any price, for 2 reasons:
    1) The always-on color E-ink display means the watch works as a watch, and doesn't ever look black and dead, like you ran out of charge and have a useless bracelet on now. And that also gives it...
    2) 10 day battery life. Real, genuine 10 day battery life. Meaning - I've squeezed out two days of life after forgetting to plug it in, after receiving a low battery warning. It's great.
    Other watches you have to charge like phones, nightly - better pack that charger if you are traveling! Forgot it? Wah.

    Shame, this turn of events.
    I can only hope Fitbit did this because these are things they also want in their future smartwatch products.

  25. Matthew
    December 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Not too happy. I was excited when I got mine last year and love it. Now, what I don't understand is when was it relying on cloud to function? You have the app on your phone and that controls it using your phone information. So it should really just mean no updates for the app and what you have is it. Unless they were making new ones which were cloud based and required it. I don't remember seeing that for mine. All can do is what and see what happens but I don't see it affecting everyone negatively except no more updates.

  26. JF Messier
    December 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I have a Pebble, back from their second crowdfunding (Pebble Time), and I just love it. I did some development on the watch (watchfaces) and I really enjoy the ecosystem that works well with Android. In the near future, I will want to make sure that I have a full backup of the latest version of their SDK that I can use under Android, as well as their Android interfacing packages. I also want to see how I can download or re-package all documentation they produced over the last years about development, so if the watch itself is not upgradable for its OS, I can keep developing watch faces. I would hope that Fitbit will decide not to completely nuke the Pebble ecosystem but take advantage of it and integrate it in their own watches. I had one, and I liked it - but never as much as I love the Pebble.