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Pebble Adds Misfit App, Becomes a True Pedometer

Peeble Steel With Misfit

Looking to preempt Google’s big Android Wear unveiling, Pebble on Tuesday announced 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 the Pebble app store, but Misfit’s software is the first to be endorsed by the device’s maker.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.