#notifications

Darrell Etherington:

Pebble’s creators didn’t just make a functional smartwatch when they designed their device, they packed it with a lot of potential for the future, too. Much of that potential has lain dormant while Pebble focused on ramping up production and building an enthusiastic community of dedicated independent developers, but today, the startup is activating some more of its smartwatch’s superpowers, and laying the groundwork of the next generation of Pebble apps.

I’ve had my Pebble for a few months now. I like it as more of a proof-of-concept for a smart wearable, but don’t love it. Mainly, it has been nice to have a watch that shows you your text messages without having to pull out your phone dozens of times a day. 

But I do love that Pebble keeps iterating and adding functionality to the base layer. In particular, the ability to check in to a venue on Foursquare right from the device sounds intriguing — especially if you then got a push notification back to the device telling you what to try there.

Still, I’m more than a little worried about push notification overload. There needs to be more granular controls for exactly which types of notifications you want sent to your wrist (it won’t be the same as the phone).

Very savvy move by Apple. You might think they wouldn’t like this guy since he perfected notifications for users who jailbreak their device. But they probably didn’t even think twice about that. They just wanted the best guy for the job.

While we’ve heard that revamped notifications will be a part of iOS 5, it seems very unlikely that any of Hajas’ work made the cut since he’s only been on board a month or so.

But as David Chartier reminds us, Apple hired Rich Dellinger, the guy behind the excellent webOS notification system, way back in early 2010. Any work we see in iOS 5 is likely his. 

Cannot wait. Notifications are my single biggest complaint about iOS currently. I also wonder how they’ll tie in with iCloud.