Pebble brings iOS text replies to Verizon, adds customizable vibrations & more

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Pebble on Monday announced a series of service and software updates for its multi-platform smartwatches, most notably enabling the iOS text reply feature for Verizon iPhones.




After configuring the option through an updated Pebble app, Verizon customers can send emoji, customizable canned responses, or voice notes, the third choice being reserved for Time watches. Previously, any form of iOS text reply was limited to AT&T subscribers.

Pebble is hoping to get more carriers on board in the future, according to an official blog post.

In the meantime the company has released a firmware update, 3.11, which allows Time owners to assign different vibration patterns to alerts. For all compatible watches, the accuracy of Pebble Health's sleep tracking has been improved, and will also record daytime naps over an hour.

A new feature lets people snooze Timeline reminders, forcing an alert to return later.

The iOS app has also been improved with things like 1Password integration, search in the Notifications tab, and better HealthKit integration, including calories and distance. Pebble will soon be obsoleting its previous iOS app, as the current one -- originally marked just for the Time -- covers any watch with 3.0 firmware or later.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,356member
    Death rattle.
    jbdragonnolamacguy
  • Reply 2 of 7
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,564member
    I must be missing something, why do the carries have any say in what Pebble does with their software and hardware,
  • Reply 3 of 7
    why-why- Posts: 305member
    I don't like modern smartwatches to be honest. they do far too much
  • Reply 4 of 7
    jakebjakeb Posts: 557member
    How does the carrier factor into this?
  • Reply 5 of 7
    clexmanclexman Posts: 148member
    jakeb said:
    How does the carrier factor into this?
    Only Apple can send an iMessage, so the reply is sent as a text. To send the text, it uses Verizon's vtext platform. Each carrier has something similar. Or something like that.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    auxioauxio Posts: 1,987member
    clexman said:
    jakeb said:
    How does the carrier factor into this?
    Only Apple can send an iMessage, so the reply is sent as a text. To send the text, it uses Verizon's vtext platform. Each carrier has something similar. Or something like that.
    Given that, when using the Internet, there are open standards which define how communication is performed between devices (TCP/IP, HTTP, etc) independent of what Internet service provider you use, it seems nonsensical that the same thing doesn't exist on cellular networks for simple things like sending text messages.  I understand that carriers want to be able to add their own data services so that they can differentiate themselves from the competition, but fundamental services like voice, text messages, etc should be standardized by now.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,240member
    I strongly recommend anyone considering using a Pebble with iOS to just get an Apple Watch. The experience is so much greater, and the connection reliable.
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