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The Pebble team on Friday issued version 1.1 of PebbleOS, bringing a variety of bug fixes and improvements to the Bluetooth-connected smartwatch.

In addition to the boatload of bug fixes and operating improvements, the new firmware, announced on the company's blog, allows Pebble owners to use third-party watchfaces. When the device originally launched in January as a result of a wildly successful Kickstarter backing initiative, only six display options were available, running the gamut from a regular analog face to more unique designs like text readouts.

PebbleOS v1.1 also resolves a number of issues relating to power-management, crashes and syncing. Enhancements include faster performance, an option to disable the backlight via a wrist gesture and greater control of the vibrator motor.

From the Release Notes:
What's New
  • Added support for third-party watchfaces created by the watchface SDK (see the SDK release notes for more details).
  • Resolved power-savings issues causing impaired battery life when connected to an iOS device.
  • Improved the responsiveness and power-efficiency of several system applications.
  • Improved battery indicator to be more responsive and accurate.
  • Added an option to disable turning on the backlight using the accelerometer.
  • Added an option to disable the vibrating motor when a notification arrives.
  • Factory reset now removes all non-system applications and watchfaces.
  • "Allow Pebble to communicate..." pop-ups occur much less frequently on iOS.

    Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when an email is sent over MAP on iOS with an empty subject.
  • Fixed a crash in the music app that occurred when Bluetooth was disabled.
  • Fixed a crash in the music app if tracks were changed too quickly when paired with an iOS device.
  • Fixed an issue where non-fullscreen apps that aren't animated don't render properly.
  • Fixed an edge-case where Pebble would not properly connect to an iOS device.
  • Fixed an issue where multiple vibration patterns would run concurrently.

AppleInsider reviewed Pebble and found it to be worth the $150 price of entry.