New Pebble update makes it easier to get some Quiet Time

With Android Wear now embracing iOS, it’s time for the other iPhone-friendly smartwatch brand to up its game a little bit.

Startup Pebble has issued an update for its line of smartwatches, bringing a couple of neat new features to the table.

First up, the Quiet Time mode allows users to silence any notifications during meetings, precious time with friends or just for those moments when you need to disconnect from your digital world for a while.

The new feature, which is basically a ‘do not disturb’ mode, can be configured manually or set to certain times every day… like when you’re sleeping.

It can also be set to activate when it knows there’s an event in your calendar, while users can also program it to allow calls through but block everything else.

The second major addition is the new Standby Mode, which switches off the Bluetooth connectivity to the smartphone when the watch hasn’t moved in half an hour.

As soon as it senses movement, the watch will re-pair and turn Bluetooth back on, with the firm estimating the feature will result in a 50 per cent improvement in power efficiency.

The new Pebble Time range, which includes the more expensive Steel iteration, certainly needs the boost after failing to glean critical support since its release this summer.

In our review posted back in July, the Pebble Time was criticised for its cheap feel, dodgy buttons, limited iOS features and childish animations.

We awarded it a score of 6/10.

See also: Apple Watch vs Pebble Time

Firmware update 3.4 also includes Spanish, French and German language support and is available to download via the iOS and Android companion apps from today.

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