If, like myself you own a Pebble smartwatch and are getting excited about the imminent OS update and subsequent App Store launch that should be coming this week, but, like me you’re impatient then you may wish to look into updating your Pebble to the Developer version.
The guys over at Android Central have put together a guide which seems to be the easiest way to update the OS on your Pebble Smartwatch to the developer version. We must stress that if you are not confident in following this, then you might wish to consider waiting for the official rollout to begin, which should only be a few days away.
So here is what you need to do:
- You need to install the beta version of the Pebble app on your Android. Grab it from Pebble right here.
- Install it as normal. It will overwrite the Google Play store version so you only have one instance installed.
- Next, you need to download the 2.0 release candidate firmware for your Pebble. To do this, you’ll need an account at the Pebble Developer site. I find it easiest to do this from a computer and put the file in Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Once you’re registered and signed in, you can start downloading. If your Pebble serial number starts with a Q, download this file. If your Pebble serial number starts with a numeral, download this file. If you have a Pebble Steel, download this file.
- Make sure your Pebble app can see your Pebble, and open the firmware you downloaded to your phone. It will open with the Pebble app and the rest is pretty magical.
The good thing about this, is that if you do get stuck or have issues and want to revert back to the official OS to date, the guys at Android Central have stated that it is easy to revert back to the original OS by simply uninstalling the beta Pebble app from your phone.
You then need to put your Pebble smartwatch in a recovery mode by pressing back, up and select for 30 seconds (you’ll see “loading …”) and go through the regular setup to go back to the latest stable build.
Again we would like to stress that if you are not confident in doing the update, then it may best to just wait until Pebble begin rolling out the update to your Pebble.
Would you consider updating your Pebble this way or are you waiting for the official rollout to begin?