Pebble Time Smart Watch Series Introduces New Voice And Text Replies For iOS

 Pebble Smart Watch Series: Smart Watch Image via Pebble FacebookPebble Smart Watch Series: Smart Watch Image via Pebble Facebook

 

Smart Watch maker Pebble has announced new voice and text reply features for iOS. This makes the Pebble Time series— which includes the Pebble Time, Time Steel and Time Round — the first smart watch other than the Apple Watch to provide voice and text replies for iPhones. What this means for owners of Pebble watches is besides using advanced voice and text replies, you can now respond directly to received texts or iMessages on an iPhone with emojis and a list of preloaded messages to choose from with one caveat: you have to be on AT&T. All in all, it’s actually pretty nifty if you’re into phone tech.

Smart Watches


Pebble informed readers on their blog that the new feature supports messages received on iPhones via iMessage or SMS texting. Nevertheless, no matter the source, all responses will be sent and/or received as SMS texts. What users need to know about it is that carrier charges could apply if your current data plan doesn’t include unlimited SMS texts. Also, you won’t have a history of responses in iMessage to review, should the need arise. This is something that will hopefully change as the technology progresses.

 

Pebble Smart Watch Series: Smart Watch Image via Pebble FacebookPebble Smart Watch Series: Smart Watch Image via Pebble Facebook

 

Pebble Time Pieces


The first Pebble watch was introduced back in 2013. Like a lot of cool technology, initially it began as a Kickstarter project. Eventually, though, it ended up gaining the reputation as being one of the best smart watches ever made. With this new introduction, besides meeting Beta requirements, in order for users to gain access to the Text Reply feature for iOS, your Pebble Time watch must be upgraded to firmware version 3.7. And that’s not the only thing that needs upgrading. The app for Pebble Time on your iPhone will also need a nudge to version 3.4.


Emerging Smart Technology


The ability to respond to incoming texts from a Pebble Time device has been available for a while among Android smart watch owners, so it’s not exactly groundbreaking I-technology. But this latest update levels the playing field with iPhone users and takes away one of the most noteworthy leads the Apple Watch has held over Pebble Time pieces. In the meantime, Pebble isn’t resting on its laurels while basking in its latest achievement. The group plans on expanding beta access to include the new features with other carriers and international phone numbers.

 

Pebble Smart Watch Series: Smart Watch Image via Pebble FacebookPebble Smart Watch Series: Smart Watch Image via Pebble Facebook

 

Smart Phones


One of the interesting and perhaps most ironic parts about the advent of smart phones is the fact that they basically almost single-handedly put wristwatches completely out of business. Think about it: with the exception of status symbol wearers and older Baby Boomers, you just don’t see people wearing watches like you used to. That’s because we’ve all got our cell phones handy at any given minute to snap a picture or check our social media updates.

Progress Full Circle


Now, if you’ve got the eyesight for it, you can play at being a techie and check the time directly from your wrist via products from some of the very same groups that almost made timepieces obsolete.