Pebble launches round, thin smartwatch

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pebble Shows Off Slim ‘Time Round’ Smartwatch.

The smartwatch pioneer, who got its start on Kickstarter, announced Wednesday that it’s introducing the Pebble Time Round, which has a similar display to the Moto 360 and Huawei watch. Announced this morning, Pebble co-founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky was interviewed on stage by our own Greg Kumparak at Disrupt SF to share the story behind this new watch, and what’s currently happening at the company. “We’re not going to eliminate the other products — this is part of our product offer,” he said. “There isn’t going to be one smartwatch, one wearable, one form factor for everyone. Leave the phone in your bag and bring notifications, messages, incoming calls, and music controls to your wrist.” The new watch comes in a variety of finishes, including black, silver, and rose gold.

So how could the company make the watch so much smaller? “The one thing that I do acknowledge is that Pebble is well known for its amazing battery life. It is still better than the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S or Motorola’s Android watches, but you will have to carry your cable whenever you go on a weekend trip. That creates a difficult chain of commands.” Like Apple, Pebble in this unique position in that it controls both hardware and software, letting the company control the user experience. When asked whether Migicovsky would be ready to sell his company, his answers were vague. “Those are things that could happen in any startup,” he said. “You need to build something that people want.

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