This year hasn’t been great and all and it’s worse now, especially if you’re a Pebble fan like I am (still rocking the original Pebble and I backed the Time 2).
Pebble has announced that it will be joining Fitbit and stop operating on its own . That mean the company will shut down and they will no longer manufacture Pebble devices.
Here’s what Pebble wanted it’s customers to know.
- Pebble is no longer promoting, manufacturing, or selling any devices.
- Pebble devices will continue to work as normal. No immediate changes to the Pebble user experience will happen at this time.
- Pebble functionality or service quality may be reduced in the future.
- Kickstarter backers who have not received their rewards will receive a full refund within 4-8 weeks as a chargeback to their credit cards. No further action is needed.For more information, please visit our Support page.
- Orders from pebble.com are no longer being accepted or fulfilled, including Pebble 2 pre-orders, which have not yet been charged or shipped.
- Warranty support is no longer available for Pebble watches. How-to information and troubleshooting can still be found on our Support page and in the Pebble Forum.
- Returns of pebble.com orders that were successfully completed before December 7, 2016 will be refunded by our Support Team.
- Pebble watches purchased at retail may be returned or exchanged based on the retailer’s return policy.
- Pebblers can still find replacement charging cables and other compatible accessories (bands, skins, etc.) from Amazon.com and third-party vendors like GadgetWraps andClockwork Synergy.
- If you have any other questions about Pebble’s wind-down of operations, please visit this page.
Pebble also says that Fitbit will continue to maintain Pebble’s services so then Pebble devices will continue to work as normal (but we’ll see how long this will last).
Pebble’s developer community is one of the biggest out there, it has about 50 million and counting. The Pebble team that will be joining Fitbit will also help them grow the developer community for future Fitbit devices with new tools and resources.
I’ve been a fan of Pebble for a while now but I only joined their ecosystem back in October 2014 when I bought the original Pebble (which is experiencing screen tearing issues). And I was one of the backers of the Pebble Time 2 and was really looking forward to it but I guess 2016 (and Fitbit) had other plans for Pebble.