Pebble Version 3.9 Adds Some Useful Features

Pebble Send TextToday sees the release of Version 3.9 of the Pebble App, and the Pebble OS. If you haven’t received the upgrade yet, simply update the Pebble app on your phone, and the update should be pushed to your watch.

I’ll give the full list of changes below, but probably the most welcome change is that you now have the ability to start a text conversation from your Pebble. Previously, a Pebble user could reply to a message via canned messages, emojis or voice (on the Time series), but you couldn’t just send a text. Version 3.9 includes a new pebble app called, appropriately, “Send Text” which now makes this possible.

 

Send text on PebbleTo set this up, it is best to go into the new application in the Pebble application on your phone. From there, you can add up to five canned messages with which to start a conversation. You can also add up to five contacts to get you started. As people contact you, you will find that their name gets added to the list on the Pebble app so that you can initiate texts to them as well. This is a real boon for us Pebble users, and is one more thing which was previously only available to users on other smart watch platforms. Go Pebble!

Further changes include updates to the Pebble Health app, which promises to have improved accuracy, and opened up an API to allow watch faces to access Pebble Health data. Expect to see some new watch faces showing Pebble Health data very soon!

Other changes include more descriptive MMS notifications, and an improved mode for when the battery is critically low. The watch-only mode has a new look, and internal changes mean even longer in this mode before the watch finally shuts down.

While this updates seems largely incremental, the addition of the “Send Text” app is an important addition, and one which will allow some users to forego application they may have installed previously to help them get around this omission.

Here are the full release notes for Pebble Version 3.9:

Pebble Time Firmware 3.9 Release Notes

  • Pebble Health tracking is now more accurate and can show distance in kilometers. Toggle settings from the Pebble Time smartphone app.
  • Support for apps and watchfaces showing activity data from the Pebble Health API.
  • Incoming MMS messages now show descriptive icons and any text included.
  • Speed improvements for Pebble Time and Time Steel, including snappier animations from Pebble Time Round.
  • Improved Watch-Only Mode: keep your Pebble functioning as a watch for a few more hours when the battery is critically low. Alarms, the backlight, and softer vibration remain while Bluetooth and activity tracking shut off to save power.
  • Improved low battery warnings based on time left with power instead of percentage remaining.
  • Ура, дождались! Cyrillic characters are now supported in notifications and alerts. Enable from the Pebble Time smartphone app: Menu » Settings » Watch Language » Selected Language.
  • Under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements.
  • To update to the latest firmware, select Menu » Support » Update Your Pebble from the Pebble Time smartphone app.

Pebble Time App for iPhone 3.6 Release Notes

  • NEW Custom Text Replies: Send custom responses to received iOS Messages. Works on Pebble watches with text replies enabled from a compatible carrier.
  • NEW Toggle Pebble Health settings between miles or kilometers (requires a Time-series watch running Firmware 3.9 or higher).
  • Under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements.
  • Download 3.6 from the iTunes App Store.

Pebble Time App for Android 3.9.0 Release Notes

  • NEW Reply to call with SMS: Can’t answer? No problemo. Send a voice note, emoji, or custom message instead.
  • NEW Send Text App for Time-series watches: Start a convo from your wrist! Send a voice note, emoji, or custom message to recent or favorite contacts.
  • NEW Toggle Pebble Health settings between miles or kilometers (requires a Time-series watch running Firmware 3.9 or higher).
  • Under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements.
  • Download 3.9.0 from the Google Play Store.
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