Get Android Wear Notifications On Your Pebble
Back in 2012 a new Kickstarter project popped up showing a very unique device at the time: A smartwatch with the ability to properly show your phone’s notifications, the ability to run apps and an open SDK for developers to write their own applications. Over the last two years the Pebble has gotten a lot of new features like support for custom watchfaces, support for the Pebble to cooperate with an application on your phone, the ability to show notifications from every application, and much more.
Earlier this year Android Wear was announced, a native Android API for wearables to make use of, which resulted in the release of a number of Android Wear watches this year. The great thing about devices using the Android Wear API is that developers of wearables do not have to reinvent the wheel to access notifications for example, or reply to them. This not only results in a better user experience, because there is a much smaller chance of someone getting their implementation not quite right, but also keeps the Android wearable fragmentation at a minimum.
At the time of the release of Android Wear, Pebble was ahead of the game with their own API handling much of what the Android Wear API does. Since then Pebble has decided it’s time to release a new beta update for their Pebble application which includes support for the Android Wear API.
The new update gives you the ability to interact with notifications from your Pebble and is also compatible with devices running Android 4.0+ instead of Android 4.3+. On top of this Pebble finishes it off with some other nice features like automatic Pebble app updates, UTF-8 support in the PebbleKit JS and a bunch of bug fixes and other miscellaneous improvements including a fix for issues with Whatsapp notifications.
It’s awesome to see a company actively updating their hardware after more than two years since its initial release and Pebble mentions on its blog that they’re not done, not by a long shot!
While the rollout of this new Pebble Android app is a huge step in evolving the Pebble Android user experience, there is a lot more that we want to do to set Pebble’s mobile app experience apart, and we are growing both our Android and iOS teams to achieve our vision.”
If you want to read the full official release notes, or you want to try this new beta for yourself, you should head over to the Pebble blog post about the new beta. Do bear in mind though, it’s still a beta and there’s a good chance it will contain a few bugs, so try it at your own risk, and let us know your experience with it in the comments below.