Pebble becomes a real pedometer with new Misfit app

Looking to preempt Google’s big Android Wear unveiling, Pebble is today announcing a new partnership with wearable maker Misfit that will turn its smartwatch into a pedometer. While the unique appeal of the Pebble has always been in its stripped-down simplicity, the deluge of step-tracking wearables and the imminent entry of Google into the smartwatch market have made it necessary for the utilitarian wrist device to expand its repertoire. The attractive thing about today’s upgrade is that it only requires a free Misfit watchapp — no extra hardware — to convert a Pebble or Pebble Steel into a smartphone-independent pedometer.

Phone-tethered alternatives (such as the RunKeeper app) and unofficial pedometer apps have already shown up in…

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