Pebble has been acquired by Fitbit, and the company's acquisition was quite a surprise to Pebble users who had any idea just how terrible Pebble's financial position had become. The last we'd heard about Pebble's financial problems was the company's decision to lay off 25% of its workforce (which is quite significant). While more layoffs were expected, an acquisition was unexpected.
Well, it seemed as if the situation would go from bad to worse for Pebble users who thought their smartwatches would automatically lose support. Fitbit has clarified in its acquisition of the company that it intends to allow the classic Pebble, Pebble Steel, Pebble Time, and Pebble Time Round smartwatches to remain in operation through the end of 2017. There's no guarantee for 2018, but at least through 2017, your Pebble smartwatch should work. Third-party support will start to decline, however, so this is the beginning of the end for the Pebble brand. It will likely phase out, with Fitbit taking over the intellectual property and operating system for its own Fitbit-branded devices.
Well, a fellow Kickstarter company by the name of Nomad had planned to sell Pebble chargers, but, upon finding out about Pebble's plight, decided to forgo charging customers and give the chargers away for free:
The Pebble story was a big inspiration to companies like ours. Understandably, we were truly saddened to hear that Pebble recently had to cease operation in the wake of some of the challenges that we all face as growing hardware companies. It was also in 2012 that Nomad got started with our own Kickstarter project, ChargeCard. While our $160,000 is small potatoes compared to Pebble's epic whopper of a campaign, we nonetheless got the funds we needed to get our production up and running. We originally planned to retail this product for $14.95, but decided that we'd rather offer it up as a gift to the Pebble community as a thank you for your contributions to the crowdfunding ecosystem,
said Nomad CEO Noah Dentzel.
Nomad is allowing Pebble owners to pick up two chargers for free, though you'll have to pay the shipping costs associated with the order. The chargers themselves are free but the shipping is not. You can visit the Hellonomad website to pick up your free chargers.
Pebble owners, what do you think about Nomad's free charger offer? Expecting to take advantage of it? If you do, feel free to let us know.