Fitbit Pulls Pebble From Rock, Hard Place


Fitbit on Wednesday announced an acquisition deal with smartwatch maker Pebble. The company clearly has been struggling, having laid off 25 percent of its staff earlier this year, when CEO Eric Migicovsky acknowledged that money was tight. “Fitbit is acquiring certain assets of Pebble, including key personnel and intellectual property specific to software and firmware development,” a Fitbit spokesperson said. “The majority of Pebble employees in the software engineering function … will join Fitbit.”

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Fitbit May Pick Up Pebble


Fitbit, the leader in the wearables category, is close to an agreement to buy struggling smartwatch maker Pebble for up to $40 million, in a move to gain the firm’s intellectual property and software. The negotiations follow several months of financial turmoil at Pebble, which reportedly slashed its workforce by 25 percent in March and has rebuffed several prior offers to be acquired. It’s rumored that Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky turned down Citizen’s $740 million acquisition offer, as well as a $70 million bid from Intel.

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

Article Image 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.

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Hard-Pressed Pebble Sheds 25 Percent of Workforce


Pebble — once viewed as the little smartwatch company that could — last week cut its worldwide workforce by 25 percent, according to news reports. That’s reportedly about 40 people, but actual figures are hard to come by because Pebble is privately held. The company has raised $46 million, but CEO Eric Migicovsky blamed the layoffs on the difficulty of raising funds in Silicon Valley. “Pebble was an early innovator but always had an uphill battle to take on the big boys of consumer electronics,” noted Cliff Raskind of Strategy Analytics.

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Days after Apple Watch's $50 price cut, competitor Pebble lays off 25% of staff

Article Image Affordable smartwatch maker and wearable device pioneer Pebble announced on Wednesday that it is laying off 25 percent of its staff this week, citing difficulty raising capital in Silicon Valley.

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Pebble Time gains fitness tracking through HealthKit-compatible Pebble Health

Article Image Pebble on Tuesday updated its Pebble Time smartwatches with Pebble Health, a feature bringing fitness tracking to its product lineup for the first time.

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Pebble Time gets beta voice & preset replies for iPhone text messages

Article Image Pebble has introduced a new beta feature for its Pebble Time smartwatches called Text Reply, allowing iPhone owners to send voice or preset replies in reaction to text messages.

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Apple Watch raises awareness of wearables as Pebble doubles its sales, CEO says

Article Image Rather than hurting sales of the Pebble smartwatch, the debut of the Apple Watch has actually helped the company, its CEO has revealed, thanks to increased consumer awareness of wearable devices.

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Apple Watch raises awareness of wearables as Pebble doubles its sales, CEO says

Article Image Rather than hurting sales of the Pebble smartwatch, the debut of the Apple Watch has actually helped the company, its CEO has revealed, thanks to increased consumer awareness of wearable devices.

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Pebble Time Round smartwatch moves to circular, thin design with two-day battery life

Article Image Pebble on Wednesday opened up preorders for the Pebble Time Round, a new smartwatch model that not only changes to a circular face but shrinks the size of the Time to make it extremely thin and light.

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Best Buy begins taking Pebble Time preorders in retail push against Apple Watch

U.S. retailer Best Buy on Monday launched preorders of the Pebble Time, signalling the first opportunity to buy the smartwatch for those who didn’t back the project on Kickstarter, just days after the Apple Watch became available at Apple’s own retail stores.



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Rumors swirl Pebble may be in financial trouble post-Apple Watch launch

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Reports suggest that Pebble may be in funding trouble, despite enormous Kickstarter success and a proven track record.

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Pebble unveils steel version of color Time watch, announces 'smartstrap' accessory support

Pebble on Tuesday announced a steel version of its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch, as well as a new expandable accessory port called “smartstrap” that could add functions such as GPS or heart rate monitoring.



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Pebble again turns to crowdfunding to take on Apple Watch with new color display model

Best known for being a blockbuster success on Kickstarter, Pebble announced on Tuesday that it is returning to its roots, and will crowdfund its next-generation smartwatch with a color display and voice input, in a bid to take on the upcoming Apple Watch.



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Pebble smartwatch gets $50 price cut, background tracking for fitness & sleep

In the wake of the Apple Watch announcement, startup smartwatch maker Pebble has countered with a $50 price cut for its entry-level and high-end Steel model, while also adding new background tracking capabilities for exercise and sleep.



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Pebble unveils new limited-edition iOS-compatible pink, green & blue smartwatches

With competition in the smartwatch space heating up, arguable market leader Pebble on Tuesday took the covers off of a new fashion-focused push that will see a limited run of Fly Blue, Fresh Green, and Hot Pink versions of its original plastic-framed device made available to the public.



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Wearables come together as Misfit launches official activity tracker for Pebble smart watch

Misfit and Pebble on Tuesday announced a new long-term partnership, beginning with the launch of an official Misfit activity tracking application that runs on the Pebble smart watch.



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Wearables come together as Misfit launches official activity tracker for Pebble smart watch

Misfit and Pebble on Tuesday announced a new long-term partnership, beginning with the launch of an official Misfit activity tracking application that runs on the Pebble smart watch.



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Wearables come together as Misfit launches official activity tracker for Pebble smart watch

Misfit and Pebble on Tuesday announced a new long-term partnership, beginning with the launch of an official Misfit activity tracking application that runs on the Pebble smart watch.



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