The small Pebble Time smartwatches will support iOS text messaging, but until now, this support function is only available in beta. The Pebble watches that will get this type of messaging link with iOS devices are at the moment only the variations Pebble Time, Pebble Time Round and Pebble Time Steel.
This application will function by using a voice-to-text method or by simply replying with a predefined message to those received through the iOS messaging application. By doing this, Pebble has now become the first non-iOS smartwatch that can link to your Iphone or other Apple devices.
Even if this process is currently only in its beta phase, it will most likely be available to all Pebble users in the near future, depending on the feedback it will get. Only those who have a post-paid plan with AT&T will benefit from this closed beta at the moment, with more retailers to be added after the beta phase ends.
The update that brings text messaging support requires that your Iphone is equipped with the Pebble Time app with a firmware version of 3.4 or higher and the actual smartwatch with an updated 3.7 firmware. If the watch firmware is not up to date, you can rectify it by downloading the update from the menu settings present on the Pebble Time.
After all the firmware drivers are up to speed, all that is left to do is to link the two together. This can be achieved by allowing the Iphone app to prepare for the incoming text messages sent by your Pebble time by simply going to the Actionable Notifications settings tab on your phone app. After this has been done, users will be guided through a simple process to better set up the link between the two devices.
When the setup has been completed successfully, users will now receive any message sent through their app directly to their wrist-mounted Pebble smartwatch. But it is important to take note that messages that were sent through the watch, either voice-to-text or simple predefined messages, will not appear on the iOS application found on the phone itself. The afore mentioned messages will be sent directly to the phone company without having to go through the phone app first. So do exercise caution before you send anything from your Pebble.
Because Pebble Time smartwatches will support iOS text messaging starting today, the likelihood of other devices which are not related to Apple to follow in their stead is pretty high. This launch is probably part of Apple’s campaign of making Iphones more user-friendly with users who do not own an Apple smartwatch.