Pebble was once the “best bet” in the smartwatch market, but the cutting-edge device practically disappeared in 201
At a time when smartwatches are doing more than they should, the humble Pebble smartwatch is like a breath of fresh air. But the Pebble app, which no longer receives developer support, can no longer open .pbz, .pbw, and .pbl files. These files allow you to manage and change Pebble’s digital watch face, language, and firmware – tasks necessary for enthusiasts looking to use their old Pebble with newer Android devices.
Sideload Helper basically restores this functionality back to the Pebble app and allows Pebble users to use the community-created Rebble Web Services with their smartwatch. Rebble Web Services restores the apps previously managed by Pebble Technology Corporation servers, such as the Weather and Dictation apps.
Rebble’s Sideload Helper is just a temporary solution to many of the Pebble smartwatch’s problems. Going forward, the Rebble community will release its own mobile app to completely replace the old Pebble app, a move that could keep Pebble smartwatches running for years to come. You can find more information about Rebble projects, plus the GitHub from the Sideload Helper app, on Rebble’s “Projects” page.