In a move that’s probably due to the barrage of new Android Wear and Samsung Gear devices, Pebble has announced new permanent price cuts for the original Pebble and Pebble Steel, along with a big software update.
First, the original Pebble now costs only $100, down from its original non-Kickstarter price of $150. It was only $100 for original backers, so now you can pay the price the backers did to get one. In England the new price is £99, and for the rest of Europe, the Pebble is now €129.
The Pebble Steel is now only $200, down from its previous price of $250. In England, the Steel is now €229, and in the rest of Europe it is £179.
With the new price cuts, it’s now more of a price gap between the Pebble and the cheapest Android Wear watch available, which is the Samsung Gear Live. So for $100 you can get a regular Pebble and for $200 you can get a Pebble Steel or a Samsung Gear Live.
Pebble has also released version 2.6 of the firmware, which allows for new fitness tracking capabilities. This works completely in the background and even works at for sleep tracking. Pebble’s partners for this include Misfit, Jawbone, and Swim.com, who have released new apps in the Pebble App Store with this update.
These are the full release notes for Pebble firmware 2.6:
- NEW: Activity. Activity tracking apps (e.g. Jawbone, Misfit, Swim.com) for Pebble now work seamlessly in the background. View installed Activity apps and toggle preferences in the Pebble Settings menu. An Activity icon is visible within Pebble menus when a compatible app is installed and running.
- NEW: Quick Launch. Set shortcuts from a watchface to your favorite Pebble apps with a long press of the Up or Down buttons. Enable Quick Launch and set app shortcuts in the Pebble Settings menu.
- Battery icon is now persistent within Pebble menus.
- Select button once again dismisses notifications when paired with an Android device or iOS device on iOS 7 or lower. iOS 8 users get notificaion dismissal for both Pebble and the paired device when pressing Select.
- Bug fixes and improvements.
Pebble is also expanding availability in a few countries. In the US, Pebbles are available now at Sam’s Club and Fry’s Electronics, and they will soon be coming to Sprint stores.
In the UK, Pebbles will be able to be purchased from Dixons retail, O2, and Amazon UK starting in October. And they will also be available in more countries. To see if your country is covered, use Pebble’s official retail website.
So with the new lower prices and software updates, does this convince you to buy a Pebble? Or will you go for an Android Wear or Samsung Gear watch instead?