App will allow you to dust off and use your old Pebble Watch with a new Android phone
App will allow you to dust off and use your old Pebble Watch with a new Android phone


Do you remember the Pebble Smartwatch? When the device was first introduced on Kickstarter in April 2012, it received the most funding of any product in Kickstarter history. The timepieces, which worked with both iOS and Android phones, shipped in January 2013. The Pebble Watch launched successfully with 300,000 units shipped in the first year, 1 million by the end of 2014 and 2 million by December 7, 2017.

On December 7, 2016, Pebble was insolvent and sold its intellectual property and assets to Fitbit. The latter took control of the software engineers, testers, the operating system, the watch apps, the cloud services and the patents of Pebble. A community of Pebble owners was able to support Pebble watches through a project called “Rebble”, with which the smartwatches can be loaded with updated software. According to XDA, the Pebble app is often not recognized as a legitimate source of Pebble files on current Android phones.

Alice Gray and Lavender Glaab, developers of the Rebble project, developed an Android app called Sideload Helper by Rebble. The app opens Pebble files on newer Android devices and transfers them to the Pebble app where they can be installed. The app helps you open .pbw (watchface / watchapp), .pbl (language) and .pbz files (firmware). If the user has set up Rebble web services, they will also translate Rebble appstore links, including older links.

The Sideload Helper from Rebble can be installed from the Google Play Store. So when you’ve put that old Pebble away, take it out of the drawer, blow the dust off, load the Sideload Helper onto your new Android phone, and you’re back to business with your old watch.

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