Pebble smartwatch owners need not give up on their devices just yet. Fitbit, the fitness tracker giant that bought Pebble, will still support Pebble devices through the end of 2017, according to the company.
Pebble apps and app store will still be available through next year, and new Pebble apps may still be developed, explained Jon Barlow, Pebble's—and now Fitbit's—developer advocate, in a Pebble blog post on Wednesday (Dec. 14). "Fitbit is going out of its way to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017," he wrote. Credit: Jeremy Lips / Tom's Guide
This follows Pebble's initial acquisition announcement in early December that was less clear, simply saying that Pebble "functionality or service quality may be reduced over time."
Consumers who recently bought a Pebble device from the company online can't return their smartwatch if they've already received it, but returns made before Dec. 7 will still be processed and those who ordered a Pebble device that hasn't been shipped yet will get a refund.
If you've recently bought a Pebble device at a retail store and you're rethinking the purchase, you may have better luck. Depending on the retailer's return policy, you may be able to return or exchange your Pebble device.
Those who backed Pebble in its most recent Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and haven't received their rewards should get a full refund within the next few weeks, if they haven't already.
For those Pebble users who are still holding onto their devices, Pebble makes it a point to assure customers that replacement charging cables and accessories will still be available on Amazon.com and other vendors. So while it's not a good idea to buy a new Pebble, if you already have one, you'll still be able to get at least one more year out of it.