Fitbit’s leaked smartwatch: What’s new, what’s missing

The Fitbit Blaze didn’t set the world on fire, but its maker hopes that the sequel wins over more shoppers—and more people away from the Apple Watch.

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Fitbit Pulls Pebble From Rock, Hard Place


Fitbit on Wednesday announced an acquisition deal with smartwatch maker Pebble. The company clearly has been struggling, having laid off 25 percent of its staff earlier this year, when CEO Eric Migicovsky acknowledged that money was tight. “Fitbit is acquiring certain assets of Pebble, including key personnel and intellectual property specific to software and firmware development,” a Fitbit spokesperson said. “The majority of Pebble employees in the software engineering function … will join Fitbit.”

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Fitbit May Pick Up Pebble


Fitbit, the leader in the wearables category, is close to an agreement to buy struggling smartwatch maker Pebble for up to $40 million, in a move to gain the firm’s intellectual property and software. The negotiations follow several months of financial turmoil at Pebble, which reportedly slashed its workforce by 25 percent in March and has rebuffed several prior offers to be acquired. It’s rumored that Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky turned down Citizen’s $740 million acquisition offer, as well as a $70 million bid from Intel.

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Fitbit's latest wearable is Alta, a low-profile activity tracker with swappable bands

Article Image Fitbit on Wednesday announced the latest addition to its iOS-connected wearable devices lineup, the $130 Alta, featuring a slim touchscreen OLED and five days of usage on a single charge.

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Class action lawsuit claims Fitbit's heart rate monitoring isn't accurate enough

Article Image A new class action lawsuit is accusing Fitbit of misleading shoppers about the heart rate sensors in two of its flagship fitness trackers, the Charge HR and the Surge.

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Fitbit reveals Blaze fitness tracker with color touchscreen, Misfit launches compact Ray

Article Image Fitbit on Tuesday announced the Blaze, its first-ever fitness tracker with a color touchscreen, while Misfit continued its alternative approach by introducing the ultra-compact Ray, further expanding the landscape of iPhone-connected wearable devices.

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Fitbit Shares Surge on Healthy Downloads


Fitbit shares earlier this week climbed several percentage points after the company’s app topped the iOS charts over the Christmas holiday. The Fitbit app was the top free app downloaded from Apple’s App Store on Christmas Day. It was already the most downloaded app in the store’s fitness and health category. The Fitbit Charge was also one of the three most popular products ordered via Amazon Prime’s free same-day shipping service over the period.

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Apple Watch Nips at Fitbit's Heels


Despite disparaging sales reports, the Apple Watch is closing in on market leader Fitbit, according to an IDC report released Thursday. During the second quarter, Apple shipped 3.6 million watches — 800,000 units behind Fitbit’s shipments for the period. Shipments for all wearables during the quarter increased 223 percent from the same period a year ago, IDC reported, to 18.1 million units from 5.6 million. Although the wearable market is still young, it appears to be splitting into smart wearables and basic wearables.

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Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps by more than 50%

Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company’s share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours.



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Jawbone sues Fitbit for 'systematically plundering' confidential data

Jawbone is suing rival fitness tracker maker Fitbit, accusing the latter of “systematically plundering” corporate secrets by hiring Jawbone workers who smuggled sensitive data before exiting the company.



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Fitbit leads in fitness tracker popularity, but Apple Watch poised to gain ground

Fitbit devices remain both the most used and most wanted fitness trackers, but Apple is in a position to make gains with the Apple Watch, especially as a huge number of consumers plan to buy a wearable device in the near future, according to a U.S. consumer survey published on Friday.



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Fitbit files for $100 million IPO, warns of Apple Watch competition

San Francisco-based fitness tracking device maker Fitbit on Thursday announced it is preparing for an initial public offering that it hopes will raise at least $100 million.



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Fitbit adds support for multiple trackers, bike tracking as Apple Watch launch approaches

With the launch of the Apple Watch just around the corner, Fitbit has updated its software to support daily use of multiple devices from its ecosystem, while the new Surge has gained bike tracking capabilities.



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First look: Fitbit expands range with Charge, pulse-monitoring Charge HR, GPS-enabled Surge

Fitbit introduced its latest fitness tracking devices at CES in the Charge, heart rate-sensing Charge HR band and Surge “fitness super watch,” the latter of which features standalone GPS tracking capabilities.



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