Samsung brings back the Pebble, is now an MP3 player that syncs with a smartphone

s pebble Samsung brings back the Pebble, is now an MP3 player that syncs with a smartphone

Remember Samsung’s Pebble MP3 player? In what is a surprising move to say the least, Samsung brought back the design and the name yesterday during its Galaxy S III smartphone announcement. The new S Pebble is classified as an accessory to the S III, and is essentially a 4GB screenless MP3 player that has the ability to sync directly with the S III as well as a computer. The controls are a mix between switches to control power and shuffle, and touch buttons on the front of the player (yeah, touch buttons…ugh). The tiny player is said to do 17 hours on a single charge, and sync via the 3.5mm port.

You may be asking why on Earth anyone would want such a device, or perhaps you’re already angry because Samsung has essentially taken a feature that exists on devices with USB host (assuming the MSC-enabled player you plug into it doesn’t try to charge off it) and made it a proprietary accessory. The idea of this device is that people who do activities where a 4.8-inch smartphone is unsuited – like running – can leave their phone at home and bring the S Pebble instead. There aren’t any features like pedometers or other sports related sensors in the thing though, it’s just an music player. With Samsung releasing a new Music Hub service with cloud syncing and iTunes Match-like  functionality, it makes some sort of sense that they’re enabling the player to be synced directly from a phone that has all of this, instead of assuming that all music comes from a computer.

As long as they keep the price low I don’t see any problem with leaving this device unhated for now, but I fear that this is going to be another overpriced official accessory like all accessories Samsung and other first parties have ever released. If that’s the case, I have a feeling that I’m going to be struck with a sudden and uncontrollable need to bring my Galaxy  S II, USB host cable, and Sansa Clip+ around with me and politely inform people that Samsung didn’t just invent the wheel.



nathan on May 6, 2012 11:17 PM

If you sync it with the 3.5 mm port, does that mean there’s a possibility of using that port on the GS3 as a second usb connection with the right cable and maybe with a custom rom?

Andreas Ødegård on May 7, 2012 1:13 PM

I don’t know exactly how the system works, but I would assume that they simply use two of the 3.5mm pins for data. If that’s the case, you wouldn’t be able to get any normal USB equipment to work as that requires power coming out of the USB port as well. I guess that they could technically add power too as the 3.5mm jack on those devices have four pins, but I assume there would be issues with doing that as well as there not really being any point to it from Samsung’s point of view. Only speculation though

andy seddon on August 26, 2013 9:22 PM

Hi I downloaded thr tasker app I am trying to get my galaxy note2 to recognise my mps player so I can liad up music from my phone as described in the above article when I download the file it say cannot open the file so I cant continue with the task can you help please regards andy

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