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Apple Watch's Record-Breaking Quarter Was Opposite One of Fitbit's 'Largest Declines Ever'

Thursday March 2, 2017 8:02 am PST by
Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 have proven to be a "magnificent success" for Apple, which recorded its "best quarter ever" in the wearables market, according to the latest data from research firm IDC. Fourth quarter shipments reflected in millions (Source: IDC) Apple shipped an estimated 4.6 million Apple Watch units in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from an estimated 4.1 million in the...
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Fitbit Again Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From Jawbone

Tuesday February 7, 2017 4:44 am PST by
Even though Jawbone has confirmed that it's leaving the consumer wearables market to focus on clinical health products, the company has doubled down on its legal battle with former rival Fitbit, concerning the latter company's alleged theft of trade secrets (via TechCrunch). The U.S. International Trade Commission has already let Fitbit off the hook for the original claims, but Jawbone is now ...
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Coin Announces Official Shutdown of All Product Services Coming February 28

Wednesday February 1, 2017 6:48 am PST by
Smart payments company Coin this week announced the shutdown of its various product services, officially closing product support, social media channels, and the connected Coin app on iOS and Android devices on February 28, 2017. The news follows the discontinuation of all Coin products last May, when Coin was acquired by Fitbit and the company subsequently ceased selling its line of smart payment ...
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Fitbit Expected to Announce Layoffs in Fourth Quarter Results

Monday January 30, 2017 3:18 am PST by
Fitbit is set to announce cuts of between 5 to 10 percent to its workforce later on Monday amid lower-than-expected fourth quarter results. According to The Information, the job cuts are expected to affect between 80 and 160 people across multiple departments and save the company $200 million in costs. The Q4 results will be the second consecutive quarter in which Fitbit has missed its...
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Fitbit Acquires European Luxury Smartwatch Maker Vector Watch

Tuesday January 10, 2017 2:39 am PST by
Fitbit has made another acquisition in the wearables market, this time buying out European luxury smartwatch maker Vector Watch for an undisclosed price. Vector Watch only launched in March of last year offering a range of 12 smartwatch models in various fashion-conscious styles. Key features in its line-up include basic activity tracking, phone notifications, and 30-day battery life, with...

Pebble Says Existing Smartwatch Services Will Continue to Function Through 2017

Thursday December 15, 2016 1:09 am PST by
Pebble has moved to reassure its customers that software and services will continue to run through 2017, following Fitbit's acquisition of the company last week. Fitbit bought out Pebble for its software assets, not for its hardware, which has concerned many existing owners of Pebble smartwatches about the continued functionality of their devices. Today, however, Pebble sought to allay fears...
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Pebble Posts Details on Refunds and Existing Device Services Following Fitbit Buyout

Thursday December 8, 2016 2:45 am PST by
Pebble CEO and founder Eric Migicovsky took to the company's blog yesterday to personally confirm its imminent closure, following media reports earlier on Wednesday that Fitbit has acquired its technology, software assets, and other intellectual property. Dear Pebblers, Thank you all for being such loyal supporters and champions of the Pebble community and brand. You helped start something...
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Fitbit Buyout Will See Pebble's Time 2 and Core Wearables Canceled, Refunds Issued

Wednesday December 7, 2016 1:50 am PST by
Late last month we reported that Fitbit was closing in on a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble "for a small amount". Bloomberg has now revealed that the buyout will cost "less than $40 million" and exclusively concerns Pebble's software assets, which are being sought by Fitbit "in a bid to better compete with Apple", according to people familiar with the matter. Yesterday's update on...
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Apple Watch Drops to Just 5% Share of Wearables Market as Basic Fitness Trackers 'Reign Supreme'

Monday December 5, 2016 7:21 am PST by
While the Apple Watch remains the world's best selling smartwatch, the latest data from market research firm IDC reveals basic wearables "reign supreme" as consumers gravitate towards simple, dedicated fitness devices—which also typically cost less than the Apple Watch and other smartwatches. Shipments in millions (Source: IDC) Basic wearables accounted for 85% of the market and experienced...
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Fitbit Reportedly Close to Acquiring Pebble

Wednesday November 30, 2016 7:21 pm PST by
Fitbit is closing in on a deal to acquire smart watchmaker Pebble, according to a new report from The Information. While there's no number on the price, The Information says the deal is for a "small amount." The deal will see the Pebble brand slowly phased out, with its products shut down over time. Fitbit will largely be acquiring Pebble's assets, which include intellectual property and...
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Fitbit Announces Charge 2 With 4x Larger Display and Flex 2 With Swim Tracking

Monday August 29, 2016 7:06 am PDT by
Following image leaks of two new Fitbit fitness trackers, the company today officially announced the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2. In addition, the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta wearables will receive a software update soon that brings new notifications, clock faces, and move reminders. Fitbit Charge 2 (left) and Fitbit Flex 2 (right) Starting with the Fitbit Charge 2, the new device...

U.S. International Trade Commission Says Fitbit Didn't Steal Trade Secrets From Jawbone

Tuesday August 23, 2016 3:49 pm PDT by
Back in 2015, Jawbone sued Fitbit for "systematically plundering" confidential information, stealing patented technology, and acquiring trade secrets from former Jawbone employees, and since then, the two have been embroiled in an ongoing legal dispute. It looks like Fitbit is temporarily off the hook, though, as the United States International Trade Commission today said Fitbit did not steal...
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Alleged Leaked Images Depict Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2

Wednesday August 17, 2016 3:56 am PDT by
Alleged leaked images of two new upcoming products from Fitbit were published by TechnoBuffalo yesterday. The images claim to show promotional shots of the wearable company's Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2, both of which have been rumored since trademark applications for the Mark II devices were discovered earlier this year. The image of the Fitbit Charge 2 shows a larger screen than...
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First Renders of Upcoming Google Smartwatches Emerge Online

Tuesday July 12, 2016 3:26 am PDT by
Last week, we reported that Google is said to be working on its own branded pair of smartwatches, in a break from its traditional reliance on third-party manufacturers to come up with the hardware for its Android Wear OS. Given the continuing interest in rival smartwatches of the round-faced variety, some readers may be interested in the latest renders showing what Google's upcoming pair of...
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Fitbit's New 'Sleep Schedule' Combines 'Bedtime' in iOS 10 With Sleep Tracking

Monday June 20, 2016 8:28 am PDT by
Fitbit today announced a new featured called "Sleep Schedule" as an update to its existing iOS and Android apps, aimed at guiding users into an overall more healthy lifestyle through the introduction of consistent sleep patterns. Users who wear their Fitbit devices to bed will gain increased insight into their sleeping schedules, as well as personalized sleep goals and reminders that are all...
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Fitbit Continues to Outpace Apple Watch in Broader Wearables Market

Monday May 16, 2016 9:41 am PDT by
The latest data from market research firm IDC reveals that the Apple Watch remained the most popular smartwatch in the first quarter, with an estimated 1.5 million sales and 46 percent market share through the first three months of 2016. Meanwhile, basic wearables unsurprisingly continue to outpace smartwatches. Samsung was the closest threat to Apple Watch among smartwatches in the quarter, ...
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Fitness Bands Continue to Outsell Smartwatches in Wearable Market

Wednesday May 4, 2016 4:03 am PDT by
Three out of four wearable devices worn by U.S. consumers are fitness bands, over half of which are made by Fitbit, according to new statistics released today. According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s wearable tech report 2016, more than one in ten consumers in the U.S. own a wearable device (12.2 percent of survey respondents), yet despite smartwatch vendors like Apple promoting advanced...

iPhone 4s Inspired Fitbit to Redesign Fitness Trackers With Bluetooth 4.0 Support in 2011

Monday May 2, 2016 5:56 pm PDT by
In a wider piece on Fitbit and its efforts to escape from the shadow of Apple, The New York Times shared an interesting anecdote about the way the iPhone 4s influenced the features in Fitbit's line of fitness trackers back when it debuted in 2011. The iPhone 4s was the first iPhone to include support for Bluetooth 4.0 to allow accessories to connect to the device, and following the...
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Fitbit Announces New 'Alta' Wearable With Apple Watch-Like Move Reminders

Wednesday February 3, 2016 7:25 am PST by
Fitbit today announced the "Fitbit Alta," a new device in its fitness-focused wearable lineup that the company aims to be the intersection between personalized style and in-depth activity tracking. As with all Fitbits, the Alta will track a user's daily activities, exercise, and sleep, but now the band includes "Reminders to Move," which will push notifications to the wrist when you've been...
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Fitbit Announces New $200 Smart Wearable 'Blaze' With Touchscreen Display

Tuesday January 5, 2016 7:42 am PST by
During CES this year, wearable manufacturer Fitbit is showing off the newest addition to its lineup of fitness-focused devices with the $199.95 "Fitbit Blaze". The new product is the first Fitbit with a full color LCD display that includes a touchscreen for users to interact with various activity tracking features and notifications. Similar to the Apple Watch, the Blaze lets users pop out...