In December 2016, the Pebble platform was immediately shut down after Fitbit bought the company that developed the smartwatch. The move was designed to transition the Pebble technology to its ecosystem and end the production of Pebble watches.
After the latest announcement, Pebble users have six more months to say goodbye to the watch.
Fitbit to Kill Off the Pebble Watch
What’s more, users who bought a Pebble watch before Dec. 7, 2016, and are included in the company’s marketing promotions will be able to buy the Fitbit Ionic at 50% off. Fitbit announced that users eligible for the discount will be notified via e-mail and instructed on how to buy the smartwatch at discounted price.
For Pebble users that purchased the wearable after Dec. 7, 2016, there is a registration page where they can type in the serial number of their Pebble and their e-mail address to receive more details about the upgrade program.
Fitbit doesn’t only want to give Pebble users more time to get accustomed with the Fitbit OS. The company wants to offer developers more time to create Pebble apps based on the Fitbit SDK.
Even though the support will be dead after June 30, Pebble watches will continue to operate as usually, with fans being able to manage the apps and faces created by the Pebble community.
Pebble’s app store, SMS, forum, email, CloudPebble, and voice recognition services will be shut down after the deadline. Pebble watches will continue to be compatible with current versions of the Android and iOS.
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