Pebble announces iOS 7 notification support and SDK 2.0

Summary:The Pebble smartwatch is an excellent accessory for iOS and Android users and today's announcement takes it to the next level.

I am a huge fan of my Pebble smartwatch that I received several months ago as a Kickstarter backer. Today, Pebble gets even better for iPhone users thanks to iOS 7 notification support.

Those of us using Pebble watches with Android have been experiencing advanced notification support through the Pebble app and a number of 3rd party applications. Today's update brings iOS 7's Notification Center support to the Pebble.

Pebble announces iOS 7 notification support and SDK 2.0
Image: Pebble

With an iOS 7 device and your Pebble you will be able to choose updates for calls, texts, emails, Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, Dropbox, WhatsApp, Flipboard and more. The updated application is under review by Apple and should be available soon.

In addition to iOS 7 support, Pebble is launching SDK 2.0. The four new APIs include Javascript, Accelerometer, Data Logging and Persistent Storage. As a fan of the Runkeeper support I look forward to possibly even deeper Runkeeper integration with my Pebble. My ideal situation is that my Pebble can serve as my Fitbit replacement to eliminate one accessory that I have to carry around.

Pebble also posted the following stats:

  • Number of Pebbles on wrists worldwide: 190,000
  • Number of apps and faces downloaded: 2 million
  • Number of apps and faces on 2,200
  • Number of watchfaces created on 80,000
  • Number of companion apps available on the iTunes and Google Play stores: 50+
  • Number of developers: 10,000+

With these updates, it looks to me like the Pebble is the smartwatch to beat. All colors are now in stock and available to purchase for $150.

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Topics: Mobility, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Smartphones, Tablets


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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