Pebble Time breaks records

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Pebble Time breaks records

Pebble has announced its latest smartwatch, the Pebble Time, which is available to back on Kickstarter just like the original Pebble.

The campaign launched yesterday has already achieved massive success, becoming the fastest Kickstarter project to reach $1 million ever. The campaign currently has raised over $8.5 million with over 40,000 backers in just one day and there is still 30 days left for this campaign.

At this rate, it looks like the Pebble Time will surpass the original Pebble Kickstarter campaign of $10,266,845 within a few days.

The new Pebble Time features:

  • A new colour e-paper display
  • Microphone for responding to notification
  • Up to 7 days of batter life
  • Water resistance
  • Compatible with over 6,500 Pebble apps
  • 3 colours available

The Pebble Time starts shipping in May.

Of course, this is great news for Pebble but it is also great news for Apple with their up and coming release of the Apple Watch. The success of the Pebble Time pretty much guarantees that the Apple Watch will also be a huge success, experts say.

Reports have suggested that Apple had ordered around 5 to 6 million devices for the Apple Watch’s launch this April, which considering the Pebble has only managed to sell 1 million watches in about 2 years and the Android Wear has shipped around 800,000 in the last 8 months, the figure from Apple seems extremely ambitious.

But does Apple really plan on selling almost 3 times that amount at its launch?

The release of the Pebble Time clearly proves wearable devices aren’t over, that they are still desired.

Despite the industry being very inconsistent and considering it was supposed to be this huge tech industry, we still haven’t had a product make a huge impact.

Considering Pebble, a very small company compared to its competitors, who have made incredible success within just a few hours suggests that the people really do want good smartwatches. Industry experts believe that it isn’t the case of users not wanting wearable technology; it’s that they don’t want any that’s on the market at the moment.

Will the Apple Watch be a massive success too this April? We think so… 

Luke Stanley