Earlier this month it was announced that Fitbit has acquired Pebble and will be ending development of the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core as a result. This has left some Pebble users feeling betrayed, as the Kickstarted company sold out to a competitor with no guarantee that its services would continue to function.
Now in a new blog post, Jon Barlow of Pebble has posted to give the community an update on the plans for Pebble going forward into 2017. Barlow’s post says that Fitbit is going out of its way to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017. In order to reassure its vibrant community of developers and users, the post says just about every aspect of Pebble will remain online in 2017.
Fitbit is going out of its way to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017. To be clear, no one on this freshly-formed team seeks to brick Pebble watches in active service. The Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, developer portal, and Pebble appstore are all elements of the Pebble ecosystem that will remain in service at this time. Pebble developers are welcome to keep creating and updating apps. Pebble users are free to keep enjoying their watches.
So what can Pebble users expect going forward?
According to the post, the newly formed Pebble team at Fitbit is tasked with preserving the Pebble experience. They’ll be updating the mobile apps and moving away from dependency on a patchwork of cloud services. The post says Pebble users can expect this update in the coming months.