The Pebble watches are getting health and fitness software updates, but is it too late for them? Brandon Chester at AnandTech:
To celebrate the Pebble's growth, the watch is also being reduced in price. The original Pebble is being dropped to just $99 / €129 / £99, while the Pebble Steel has been dropped to $199 / €229 / £179. At $250 the Pebble Steel was definitely pricey and had pressure from competing Android Wear devices that can sell for $199 or less. Even at $199 I think the Pebble Steel may be a hard sell due to its limitations compared to other smartwatches, but the superior battery life may be what sways users
I’ve been concerned for Pebble for awhile. I like their watches, even the earlier models that were less refined. But all along, I knew it was just a matter of time before they were obsoleted one way or the other. It might have been any other device to outperform the Pebble, but it turned out to be Apple’s Watch.
The only feature I can see that the Pebble has going for it is the looong battery life. Smart watches like Apple’s are expected to last a day at the most between charges, while the less-smart Pebble for convenience only needs a charge every seven days or so.
Selling the Pebbles for cheaper should help. Who knows if this bold move will be enough? ∞
(Via Stephen Hackett)