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Fitbit Is Ending Support for Pebble Smartwatches

Dave Parrack 25-01-2018

Fitbit has announced that it will finally stop supporting Pebble smartwatches in June 2018. On the one hand this represents an extension of its original timeline, but on the other hand, it means the end is in sight. Still, Fitbit IS offering Pebble owners a discount on the Fitbit Ionic.


In December 2016, Pebble announced that it was shutting down Your Pebble Smartwatch May Stop Working Soon Pebble is shutting down. 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. Read More . Fitbit swooped in and acquired its technology, software, and other intellectual property. However, Fitbit didn’t acquire the Pebble hardware, which meant it was only a matter of time before support for those products would end.

The End Is Nigh for Pebble

Fitbit promised to support Pebble smartwatches to the end of 2017. However, the company has now extended support until June 30, 2018. At which point the app store, forum, voice recognition features, SMS and email replies (on iOS), Timeline pins, and other elements will stop working.

The devices and apps will carry on working as normal for the time being. However, there will be no further updates for the Android and iOS apps, and Fitbit warns that “future iOS or Android updates” could “break Pebble compatibility.” In other words, you’re living on borrowed time.

Fitbit admits it wants existing Pebble owners to upgrade to a new Fitbit device. Thus, the six-month extension is to help the “Pebble community assess comparable options on the Fitbit OS platform, and give Pebble developers more time to build amazing things with the Fitbit SDK.”

In order to persuade any reticent Pebble smartwatch owners to upgrade, Fitbit is offering them $50 off the price of a new Fitbit Ionic smartwatch. The offer will be finalized in the Spring, with existing Pebble owners just needing to register for updates to be kept in the loop.


A Mix of Good News and Bad

This is a mixture of good and bad news for Pebble owners. It means you now know when your treasured device will no longer be supported. But Fitbit has carried on supporting your device long after it needed to, and is also offering a healthy discount on the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch Fitbit Ionic Review: Great Fitness Tracker, Rubbish Smartwatch Fitbit's third smartwatch struggles to find a reason to exist beyond fitness tracking and excellent battery life. It offers a tantalising glimpse into the future of Fitbit but, for now, the Ionic feels half baked. Read More .

Do you own a Pebble smartwatch? Were you disappointed when Fitbit acquired the IP and talent powering Pebble? Do you appreciate Fitbit extending support? Are you likely to use the discount code to buy a new Fitbit Ionic smartwatch? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Xerox Printer Customer Support
    January 30, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Makeuseof is a guide in this modern age, it teaches us about how to make use of gadgets around the world and it also discovers cool stuff in the world of support supply of smartwatches, it stops recognizing the features and SMS many timelines. This is the mixture of good and bad news for the site owner

  2. ReadandShare
    January 29, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I like tech almost as much as the next guy. But planned obsolescence can be a sad thing. My dad gave me a Rolex watch that he said he bought the year I was born... so we are the same age, somewhat past the half-century mark. And Rolex (and other watch repairers) will likely be able to maintain this mechanical watch for the rest of my life, and on to future generation(s). Bet we can't do that with any Apple or Samsung phones - they will likely just be shells without functionality.

  3. Craig Thompson
    January 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    will the offer extend to the UK ?

  4. likefunbutnot
    January 25, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Pebble made what are in my opinion the only decent smartwatches. They run for days without charging, do the important work I want a smart watch to do (i.e. show me notifications and handle media playback controls) and they're physically small and elegant compared to some of the giant, clunky plastic lumps that would otherwise be my options. I know size will get better on other products eventually, but Pebble is there right now and I have the sleek little Pebble Round to prove it.

    This is a case where the wrong product won.

  5. Shauna
    January 25, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Why would I want a stinking FITBIT at any price instead of a reliable Pebble? I had a fitbit and it was a cheap piece of plastic junk which broke a couple of months after I got it. I have had a Pebble Time Steel for 2 years and love it. What a shame. I will look or wait for a replacement but it won't be a fitbit without significant improvement.