Last week we saw a countdown timer on Pebble’s website, suggesting the company may introduce its next smartwatch Tuesday morning. On Monday, an image from Pebble’s own servers shows what the new device may look like.
9to5 Google found the image, which shows a wider but similar watch to the current Pebble, which works with both [company]Apple[/company] iPhones and Google Android handsets.
The most noticeable difference is the yellow background color; up to now Pebble smartwatches have used low-power, e-ink monochrome displays to help the watches run for several days on a charge. The image shown has the same button placement as prior Pebble watches, with one on the left and three on the right.
Earlier this month, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky said new hardware was on the way. I had figured this meant a more radical redesign, but based on the picture, it appears that Pebble is refining its current hardware. There’s nothing wrong with that and it surely keeps production costs down as opposed to creating a completely different design.
I’m more intrigued by the software we’ll find inside a new Pebble, though.
The company hired some of the old webOS team and Migicovsky noted that the watch interface will be different; there will still be apps but they won’t be the focus. Based on the image of a notification, it could be that these take center stage in some new way, similar to [company]Google[/company] Now. We should know for sure tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET when the countdown ends.