In a major update to the budding smartwatch ecosystem, Pebble has slashed the prices of both its smartwatch models, and has also announced a new software update which brings in the much awaited activity tracking feature. Both the original and Pebble Steel has got the price cuts, with original Pebble now starting at just $99, while the Pebble Steel now starts at $199.
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At a time when smartwatches based on Android Wear are flooding the markets with better hardware and better features, Pebble had to move fast to address the issue, and this looks like a forced change for us. Android Wear is still half baked (our review), and Apple Watch is still some months away, so Pebble has some leg room to buckle up and get going again.
There’s a new crucial software update enables full activity tracking and sleep monitoring on existing Pebble watches. Most of the new smartwatches these days come with these health and fitness features, so it’s nice to see Pebble gear up to the challenge. It’s important to know the Pebble does have an accelerometer, but lacks a 3D activity sensor, which makes us wonder how accurate and effective these new features will be on existing hardware.
At Pebble, we believe that providing consumers with a worldclass experience means working with marketleading app partners. As such, we’re introducing new health and fitness apps from Misfit, Jawbone, and Swim.com that take full advantage of this new functionality.