Last year the folks at Fitbit confirmed that they would be acquiring Kickstarter smartwatch darling Pebble. The announcement saw Fitbit ultimately decide to halt the sales of Pebble watches, although the company did reassure Pebble owners that their watches would keep working through 2017.
We know some Pebble owners might be feeling a tad cheated by this, but the good news is that may no longer be the case. In a recent update that has been released for Pebble devices, it seems that this has removed the dependency of the watches on cloud services, meaning that your Pebble watch will continue to work even after Fitbit shuts Pebble’s servers down.
According to Pebble, “If a Pebble authentication server can’t be reached, the mobile apps will let Pebble devices keep working. The login process can be skipped, apps can be side-loaded, and the latest watch firmware (including language packs) can be installed.” However once the servers are shut down, there will be some apps that will ultimately be rendered unusable, but we guess for the most part your watch will keep working.
So if you’ve only recently gotten yourself a Pebble and were a bit miffed by Fitbit’s decision, we guess this is good news for you, at least to a certain extent.