It is official: Pebble is dead, and will be purchased by and integrated into Fitbit. (I explained it here a few days ago.)
Pebble sent its Kickstarter backers and users an email explaining that all its services will shut down, although the watches will continue to work. The Pebble app and Pebble software will no longer receive updates. Support will be closed down and Pebble under Fitbit will not cater to any issues or uphold warranty on currently purchased products.
Pebble is also completely stopping production of all its smartwatches, and cancelling the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core entirely. Kickstarter backers who have not received their devices will get a refund via Kickstarter.
I’m sad to read this news, but sooner or later it had to happen. Pebble was a company surviving on its fans (i.e. crowdfunding), and with competition from Apple and Android pulling away Pebble’s fans, it became inevitable that the company was en-route to downfall. Thankfully, Pebble’s quirky software and OS will survive in future Fitbit products (or at least I hope so).
Rest in Peace, Pebble. Kudos to the team that started the smartwatch revolution.
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