As a gift for the holiday season, makers of Pebble Smartwatch have come out with version 2.3 of their Android app. The new update brings Android Wear notification compatibility to the Pebble Smartwatch and allows the users to respond or act on the notifications from the Pebble watch itself.

The update has some new features built into it that perform certain actions which even the Android Wear devices cannot. You can use an emoji to reply to a Hangouts message. You can send cash to friends who send you Square Cash requests. For these new actions, Pebble’s Android app uses actions that are already integrated into Android Wear, so whatever actions you can perform with Android Wear, you can do with Pebble too.

If you want to try out the new Android app v2.3 update, you have to join Pebble’s Beta Testing Group. No invitation is needed and you can sign up directly to the group, but to use this update, your device must be running Android 4.0 or a higher version. Your Pebble must also be running the Beta version 2.9 of the firmware to be able to use the new features in the Android app 2.3. Otherwise you will have to update your pebble accordingly.

The Android App version 2.3 takes care of issues with notifications from WhatsApp. It also includes bug fixes, stability improvements and allows installation of update apps and watchfaces on the Pebble Smartwatch when it is in charging or is otherwise idle.

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