Android Wear has been in the headlines quite a bit lately, but today we have some great news from Pebble. When compared to Android Wear devices, Pebble and Pebble Steel may come off as simple or bland, but the company’s smartwatches do have a lot to offer and the company’s watches are getting better today with the release of a new software update which adds full activity and sleep tracking. Earlier this year, Pebble announced that it was partnering with app developers like Stava and Misfit to develop full activity tracking apps which integrate with Pebble but now the smartwatch will be able to track their activity in the background without having to use a dedicated app. This means you can display your favorite watch face or even play a game while your Pebble keeps count of your steps.
Along with the new activity tracking software update, the price of the original Pebble will be reduced $99 and Pebble Steel now has a new $199 price tag. Pebble is also expanding its retail presence by partnering with Sam’s Club, Fry’s Electronics and Sprint in the US and Dixons retail, O2, and Amazon.co.uk in the UK starting in October.
Pebble’s products may not be as interesting now that there are a half dozen or so Android Wear options on available, but we do think Pebble is the best option if battery life and daylight visibility are at the top of your list. You might have your eye set on the round Moto 360, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be a lot happier if you buy a Pebble now and wait until Google’s wearable platform matures a little before jumping over to Android Wear.