Rebble is exactly what you need if you want to bring your Pebble back to life

fitbit pebble smartwatch dtdeals watch

Official Pebble support for your Pebble smartwatch ended on June 30. The app store closed, the voice recognition broke, and mobile app updates and a lot more features are things of the past. Your watch still works, but most of the things that made it great no longer exist. It’s not a surprise because FitBit, which acquired Pebble, told us the end date at the beginning of the year.

However, if you still want to use your Pebble and enjoy many of the features that are now missing, you can. No need to throw it in a drawer, never to be thought of again. Rebble is an unofficial spinoff of the Pebble platform, and aims to offer most, if not all, the services you enjoyed on your watch after the Fitbit-imposed June 30 deadline. That means continued mobile app support, an operating application store, and firmware updates. Everything you need to keep your Pebble in good working order.

To get all this you just need to spend some time setting up a new Rebble account. It’s easy, according to Rebble, and the benefits are worth the effort. Your Pebble watch will once more have an app store, a local locker of watch faces and apps, language packs, and firmware updates. While all that is free, to continue using voice recognition and receive weather reports, you will have to pay a $3 monthly subscription.

If you’re only learning about Rebble now, after the deadline, then your old Pebble account has been shut down, and everything there will have been lost. It was possible to transfer your old Pebble account over to Rebble’s server; but this had to be done manually before June 30, so that time has passed. Although Rebble is not an official service, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky personally alerted owners of the need to sign up with Rebble through his Twitter account ahead of the end date, lending Rebble credibility.

Rebble isn’t finished with development either. In the future, it plans to introduce complete Timeline support, and potentially dictation on supporting watches connected to iOS 11. However, it says SMS replies on iOS will likely remain broken. There’s also the chance Rebble will add cloud services, and even let developers submit new apps to the app store.

Rebble is great news for the vibrant and dedicated community that still exists around Pebble, but if you’re considering a new smartwatch instead, there are a few very cool alternatives out there that may tempt you away.

Mobile

Apple's iOS 13 Beta 2 is available to developers -- here are the changes

Apple announced iOS 13 during the keynote presentation at its 2019 Worldwide Developer Conference. This is the next version of its mobile operating system, which will come to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod near you soon.
Deals

The best sound machines to help you fall (and stay) asleep

Whether you find that you sleep better with white noise, rain sounds, or deep sleep music, there’s a sound machine on the market that will be able to help you catch more z’s in no time at all.
Smart Home

The best smart thermostats let you stay cool without wasting money

The right thermostat can do more than just adjust the temperature of your home, it can also learn about you and help you save money. Check out our picks for the best smart thermostats on the market right now.
Mobile

Galaxy Fold's screen problems have mostly been fixed, Samsung says

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is real, but for how long? Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.
Deals

Best smartphone deals for June 2019: iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and LG

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $900.
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best Apple iPad deals for June 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for June 2019.
Smart Home

We tested anti-snoring devices on our loudest friends. Here’s what worked

If your partner snores and it keeps you up at night, you may be interested in the latest anti-snoring technology. We tested out a few different gadgets to find out what they do and whether they work or not.
Deals

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker, however, then check out these great cheap Fitbit alternatives. With offerings from brands like Garmin, you don't need to pay full price.
Computing

The best webcams you can buy are mostly made by Logitech

Webcams are a bundled feature in most laptops, but if yours doesn't have one or you're video conferencing on a desktop, you might need a standalone webcam. These are the best webcams you can buy.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for June 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for May 2019.
Deals

Amazon deal cuts prices on the latest 11-inch Apple iPad Pro tablets

The Apple iPad Pro has been among our favorite tablets since its initial release in 2018. While Amazon and Samsung offer powerful products, no tablet can touch the iPad Pro's power and productivity. Score yours now on Amazon for just $699.
Mobile

Amazon adds a color-changing, eye-saving screen to the high-end Kindle Oasis

Amazon has revealed the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader range for 2019. The refreshed range includes mostly the same specs as the previous version, but now comes with a screen with an adjustable color tone.
Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could be the most bezel-free smartphone so far

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range isn't exactly old, but Samsung is already working on the next big release. Details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are making their way online, and we've gathered them all for you.
Mobile

Best Buy stores are now certified to repair Apple devices

Apple completed a major expansion of the Apple authorized service provider program — Best Buy stores are now all certified to repair Apple devices. Now, eight out of 10 Apple customers live within 20 minutes of an authorized service…