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Fitbit will officially kill support for Pebble smartwatches this summer

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Kristine Garrett | 25 January, 2018, 04:02

Today's announcement is bitter-sweet for longtime Pebble supporters and wearable technology as a whole.

On Wednesday Fitbit pitched the final nail in the coffin as an "extension" that was somehow "showing Pebblers love". Fitbit will also discount the Ionic.

In a blog post, the firm wrote: "Pebble users are passionate about their smartwatches". Fitbit has extended its support for Pebble services from the original end-of-2017 cutoff to June 30th, 2018.

Heads up, Pebble users: Fitbit is giving you another six months to enjoy your smartwatch before it becomes obsolete.

Many of Pebble's features will be sunset, including Pebble's App Store, the Pebble forum, the Pebble cloud development tool, voice recognition features, and SMS and email replies.

That means, should some malicious so-and-so come up with a security exploit for the Pebble watches, there'll be no update to patch it.

As for what will happen to the Pebble now still on many wrists, it's another example of how cloud-based services can come back to haunt you when the companies paying for them decide to pull the plug.

The current versions of Pebble's iOS and Android apps still work, but that will likely change in the future as Apple and Google update their platforms.

Owners of a Pebble smartwatch who purchased the device after December 2016 or did not register to receive FItbit's marketing communications, should register for updates here. Fitbit's purchase had little to do with hardware, instead focusing on Pebble's SDK, as the company started work on its own native app store for its first true smartwatch. The smartwatches themselves will continue to work after June 30, as will mobile apps users have already downloaded and installed. Fitbit is encouraging fans to buy its own products now: "We invite the Pebble community to explore how familiar highlights from the Pebble ecosystem are evolving on the Fitbit platform".

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