There is a software update available for the Pebble smartwatch. It introduces the ‘timeline’ feature on the 1st generation Pebbles. And there are other changes.
The most noticeable change is the Timeline. It slightly changes the behaviour of the Pebble. The up and bottom buttons of the watch were originally used to swap the watchfaces. It was something even anoying (one had to switch between severel faces – some of them were build-in and they were non-removable). Now they are used to switch between past and future events in the calendar: the basic view is the watchface (just one which can be only changed in a setup dialog) and the buttons can be used to see the events. First I found it a bit strange but now I thing that it is a quite nice feature (the events have to be downloaded when the phone is connected via the Bluetooth).
The second thing is applications handling: there is no visible list of actually installed applications and they are downloaded to phone on the first request to use them. Thus the user can have as much applications in his smartwatch menu but not all of them are actually present in the watch and they are only in the phone. It’s a nice feature for people who have their smartwatches always connected to their smartphones but it is a bit problematic for the ones who use the watch mainly off-line (like I do).
At the moment I use only few applications (I have tried to use more of them but I don’t need more for most of the time).
I have two apps mapped to the fast start buttons. The top one is the Misfit and the bottom one is the Compass. The normal applications are in the menu in a order which is identical to their frequency of use:
- Misfit (it runs all the time)
- Settings (just to turn the Bluetooth on and off)
And as a watchwace I use the Glow. I though of using of some games but I still didn’t found time no time nor reason to use them…
P.S. Inmediately after the update my Pebble started to show some screen issues similar to those experineced by Simon Royal. As it happens randomly and still not so often, I still not decided to take any solution.