So on Friday afternoon, Pebble finally released their Android version with the Pebble appstore (and 2.0 firmware). I had played around with it a bit in beta form, but for the last few weeks I was actually just using the official app since it was way more stable. Of course I wanted the fun new features of 2.0 — but I wasn't ready to give up my good battery life or a simple to use app that easily managed both of my Pebbles. A few minutes after updating the app I knew I was in for some updater's remorse, and sure enough, here I am.
The Pebble app was great — it handled both my watches (original and Pebble Steel) without a problem. I could connect and disconnect as needed, battery life for both my watch and phone was great, and it never crashed. The new app — even with the quick fix that was added — still feels unfinished, unpolished and flat-out slow. Can I get by with it? Sure, but it's painful to use at times.
I already miss that I can't tap anywhere to disconnect my Pebble (for whatever reason). I used to be able to disconnect, then tap to connect and I could choose which device I wanted — easy. Now I don't have that option. I get that most people won't have more than one Pebble and need to swap between them often, but now you have to either kill the app, the watch of Bluetooth to do any sort of connect & disconnect. It feels like a lot was lost in the new app that really shouldn't have been. I'm hopeful that the appstore will come along as well — it's a bit jumbled at the moment and navigating it is super slow. They did a good breakdown of categories for the most part, but I'd love a web version or even web links to get the the specific apps and watch faces.
Most of this comes back to the fact that I'm very set in my ways and that I don't like change, so I'm sure that not everyone will feel the same way. I just found myself really missing the old app over the last two days and I hope that Pebble is quick to crank out the updates and kill the lag.