Pebble Production Ramps Up, Shipments Still Slow
Production of the Pebble smartwatch is ramping up, though the Pebble team hasn’t yet shipped 400 watches to Kickstarter backers.
In the Pebble team’s newest update to backers it claimed that it’s close to manufacturing 1,500 Pebbles per day, and it on track to have 15,000 black Pebble watches by February 8. Unfortunately for the team and backers, however, the Chinese New Year begins on February 8, and production will cease for at least a week.
Every company that manufacturers devices in China has to deal with Chinese New Year halting production for an extended period of time, it’s just bad luck for Pebble that it only recently started production. The team will stockpile components so factory workers can get back to producing Pebbles as soon as the holiday is over.
After the Chinese New Year Pebble will start manufacturing different colors of the smart watch. So far the team has only produced black versions of the Pebble because it was the most requested color.
The Pebble team is also hard at work fixing the software issues with the Pebble smart watch. One of the major issues deals with iOS Mail. After the watch disconnects from an iOS device the software that sends Mail messages to the Pebble smart watch switches off. The company is working on a way to fix the issue so users don’t have to manually toggle a switch every time the watch disconnects from their device.
For iOS devices the team is also working on a bug where the watch can interfere with Siri.
For Android devices, the Pebble team is working on getting messages from default email clients (not Gmail) on some phones to send messages to the watch. The team is also looking into better supporting a number of Android ROMs, particularly Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense as well as stock Android.