Colour-display Pebble with new UI leaks ahead of event
(Image Credit: Pebble)
Earlier this month, we reported Kickstarter-success Pebble is due a new software platform which its founder describes as "unlike anything before" it. A look at this new platform is expected at an event hosted by the company tomorrow, but an early leak has given us a peek at some new hardware on which to show it off...
Found on Pebble's servers, an image shows an unannounced smartwatch with a colour display. Both of Pebble's current line-up use black and white E-Ink displays which provide class-leading battery life and readability outdoors, but can look dated when next to rival high-end smartwatches such as the Moto360.
Despite its lack of adoption, WebOS was often praised for its superb design language.
This focus on utility-over-design has appealed to the less fashion-conscious like myself, but has not been able to gain wider-appeal like Android Wear's high-end smartwatches. The market is set to become even more competitive in the coming months as Apple launches their 'iWatch' (despite reports of features being cut due to sensor issues.)
Pebble's event wants to grab some attention before Apple and the tirade of smartwatches which will inevitably be announced at MWC next week. We hope the design in the picture isn't final (as it looks rugged enough to survive a few rounds with Chuck Norris) but it appears the team has continued their focus on areas which Pebble fans hold dear; battery life, impermeability, and its usability outdoors.
Both of Pebble's current line-up use black and white E-Ink displays which provide class-leading battery life and readability outdoors.
For the first time, Pebble is also rumoured to be including a microphone for voice interactions which could put into question whether the device will be / as waterproof as its predecessor. The colour screen and new software platform may also cause some concern as to whether older Pebble devices will remain compatible with this new version, as they have been thus far.
The new software is said to be designed by ex-WebOS team members. Despite its lack of adoption, WebOS was often praised for its superb design language. Google's recent "Material Design" push is also the result of an ex-WebOS designer, Matius Duarte, so we're excited to see the results of their work during tomorrow's event.
We will keep you updated with further developments from Pebble's event tomorrow.
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