It’s been ten years since Pebble closed its door and more than 5 years since official support for Pebble watches ended. But with the efforts of the Rebble team, the support of these watches has continued. With the release of the Pixel 7 series, Google has announced that its phones will no longer accept the installation of 32-bit apps. This would mean the Pebble app would lose support, but this week Google itself revived the official Pebble app to make it compatible with the Pixel 7 series by adding 64-bit support to the app.
This is a huge update as it not only brings support for the Pixel 7 series but other Android phones in the future as well. Currently, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are the only devices that only support 64-bit apps.
Pebble smartwatches support the Pixel 7 series
Support for the Pebble app officially ended in 2018 after the company confiscated its operations. The Pebble app is no longer available for download from the Google Play Store, but Rebble has maintained support. Rebble started as a supplement to official Pebble documentation and is now a community-led effort that provides a backbone for Pebble watches so they can continue to operate without official support.
The Pebble watches are now compatible with the Pixel 7 series, although Google dropped support for 32-bit app installation this year. Google has announced that it will provide an updated version of the Pebble APK, version 4.4.3, to the remaining Pebble users. A member of the Rebble community, Katharine Berry, shared the changelog on Reddit. The update improves on ‘caller ID reliability’ along with 64-bit support and the Google Fit integration still works as before. Users can install the new APK from here.
What was Pebble?
In 2012, Pebble was the most successful Kickstarter campaign, pledging over $10 million. Pebble proved that there was an interest in wrist-based gadgets long before Apple introduced the Apple Watch. Pebble started shipping in early 2013, and in 2014 they sold 400,000 units. In 2016, they sold more than 2 million watches a year. Pebble took the world by storm with its rapid success.
But manufacturing problems and wrong decisions caused the Pebble Watch and his company to struggle to make their products just four years after launch, and debt rose by more than $25 million. Investors demanded their returns and pledgors wanted their money back. Therefore, in 2016, Pebble was sold to Fitbit for about $35 to $40 million. Fitbit sought out Pebble for its most prized possessions, talent and technology.