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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Receives Major OS Update

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

Earlier this year, Fitbit launched their first smartwatch in the form of the Fitbit Ionic. Given that the Ionic is not powered by Android Wear, it means that it won’t have access to the variety of apps that Android Wear devices have access to. This was one of the criticisms of the Ionic at launch, which was the relative lack of available apps.

However the good news is that Fitbit has worked to changed that, and in the latest update that they have issued to the smartwatch’s operating system, not only have they improved upon the features of the device, but it has also included a bunch of new apps. “Starting today Fitbit Ionic users will be treated to more than 100 data-rich (and interactive!) clock faces and more than 60 apps from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs, popular brands, and developers (more on all that below), as well as helpful enhancements to existing features.”

To be more specific, Fitbit has launched 14 new apps for the Ionic from “popular brands”, such as Walgreens, Nest, The New York Times, and Yelp, just to name a few. Some of these apps aren’t available yet and are expected to be released by the end of the year, but know that they will be arriving for the Ionic.

Other improvements to the watch include support for multi-card payment and a faster user interface, so if you do own the Ionic, you’ll want to check out the update ASAP.

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Apple Has Taken The Lead In The Wearables Market

Tyler Lee November 15, 2017

When it comes to wearables, there are many players in the market right now, but it seems that in terms of market share, it looks like Apple has once again managed to take the lead. This is according to a recent report from Canalys in which based on their findings, Apple is once again the market leader when it comes to the wearables market.

Their report claims that Apple now commands a 23% market share in the wearables scene, which is higher than that of Xiaomi who commands a 21% market share. Fitbit comes in third with a 20% market share, and it seems that no other company comes close to those figures, with Huawei and Samsung owning 6% and 5% respectively, and “others” which takes up the remainder 25%.

Canalys claims that Apple’s lead in the wearables market is thanks to the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, which has introduced cellular capabilities to the smartwatch, a feature that many have been asking for. However it seems that Apple could have potentially had a bigger slice of the market, but apparently due to supply issues where demand was greater than the supply, Canalys believes the Apple Watch Series 3 did not reach its full potential.

Apple has yet to officially release any sales figures for the Apple Watch to date, save for sharing vague growth percentages, but so far many third-party research firms and analysts have indicated that the device is selling well.

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Price And Release Date Confirmed

Adnan Farooqui September 25, 2017

Fitbit officially unveiled its first proper smartwatch a couple of weeks back. The company has now confirmed the price and release date for its Ionic smartwatch. When Fitbit announced Ionic smartwatch last month, it didn’t confirm when the wearable device would be released. The wait will soon be over, though, for those who want to pick one up.

The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch will be available for purchase from major retailers across the globe starting October 1st. The device is going to cost $299.95.

Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Target will be selling the smartwatch in the United States. It will be sold in three color combinations.

For $299.95, customers get a smartwatch that delivers advanced health and fitness features, on-device guided workouts, automatic sleep tracking, cross-platform smartphone compatibility as well as up to five days of battery life on a single charge.

Fitbit will release the software development kit tomorrow so that developers can create their own apps for the smartwatch. They will be able to submit those apps for review and availability in the Fitbit App Gallery starting this fall.

“These features, coupled with Ionic’s broad compatibility across Android, iOS and Windows platforms, means consumers around the globe never need to choose between their watch and their phone,” said James Park, the co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

Fitbit’s first pair of headphones, the Fitbit Flyer, will also go on sale come October 1st for $129.95.

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Fitbit To Bring Glucose Monitoring To Its Ionic Smartwatch

Tyler Lee September 7, 2017

If you’re a diabetic who needs to keep constant tabs on their glucose levels, then you know that more traditional methods of doing so will require you to stop what you’re doing to check your glucose levels, either by drawing blood or through other cumbersome methods. This is why we have heard rumors that Apple could be interested in a non-invasive method of measuring glucose levels through the Apple Watch.

Whether or not those rumors are true remains to be seen, but in the meantime it looks like Fitbit has something for diabetics who might appreciate the constant monitoring. Fitbit has recently announced a collaboration with DexCom in which starting in 2018, Fitbit’s newly-launched Ionic smartwatch will be able to show users data from the DexCom G5 Mobile sensor.

For those unfamiliar, the G5 Mobile sensor is a sensor worn just under the skin that will be able to show the wearer’s vitals every 5 minutes, thus providing users with a constant method of monitoring their glucose levels. However this is contingent on users buying the G5 Mobile sensor first which will cost $900.

Note that the DexCom G5 Mobile sensor already works with other wearables like the Apple Watch, but if you don’t own the Apple Watch and are considering the Fitbit Ionic, then know that the DexCom G5 Mobile sensor will also work with the device starting next year. There are rumors that future Apple Watch devices could offer up non-invasive glucose monitoring, but until then it looks like this could be the next best thing.

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Finally Launched

Adnan Farooqui August 28, 2017

Fitbit has been working on a proper smartwatch. This wasn’t a secret. After months of rumors and reported delays, the company has finally launched its first smartwatch officially. It’s called the Fitbit Ionic and the company says that it offers the “ultimate curation of advanced health and fitness features.”

The Fitbit Ionic has a new relative SpO2 sensor which will enable it to track insights like sleep apnea in the future. The smartwatch features GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance of up to 50 meters.

The Fitbit Ionic has additional features such as smart notifications, contactless payments as well as third-party apps and clock faces that will be available in the Fitbit App Gallery.

All of the core features that Fitbit users have come to expect from its products are onboard as well, they include 4+ day battery life, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility.

The Ionic is powered by Fitbit OS, the company’s new OS for smartwatches. It will regularly update the OS with new features. Fitbit App Gallery has been launched as well to distribute apps and clock faces. The smartwatch has 2.5GB of onboard storage and is capable of storing and playing more than 300 songs on the device itself.

The company has also introduced Fitbit Pay with its first smartwatch. It will let customers pay for their items right from the smartwatch anywhere contactless payments are accepted.

The Fitbit Ionic is available for pre-sale on Fitbit.com starting today for $299.95. It’s going to be available in stores across the globe starting October.

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New Alleged Renders Of Fitbit’s Smartwatch Leaked

Tyler Lee August 10, 2017

So we know that Fitbit is working on a smartwatch of their own, and several months ago leaked renders revealed what the device could look like. Now thanks to the folks at Wareable, additional renders of the upcoming smartwatch have been revealed, giving us additional clues as to what we can expect.

The renders appear to be similar to the ones we saw in the previous leak, so it would seem that they are coming from the same source. However the difference is that these renders give us a new angle of the watch to look at, such as the back where the heart rate sensor is expected to go. The new leak also hints that the Fitbit smartwatch could be offered in at least two different colors: gold/rose gold and silver.

We’re not sure if there are additional colors planned, but these are the only two colors that have been revealed by the render. In terms of features we’re not sure what to expect from the Fitbit smartwatch. We expect it will have pretty much the same features as anyone can expect from a smartwatch, but it is unclear if there will be differentiating factors.

We also know that there will be support for third-party apps at launch, and that it is expected to be launched in time for the holiday season.

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Fitbit’s First Smartwatch Will Be Ready In Time For The Holidays

Tyler Lee August 2, 2017

There have been some rumors to suggest that Fitbit’s first smartwatch could be delayed. However Fitbit’s CEO had recently confirmed that the smartwatch was not delayed and that things are on track, and the good news is that it looks like we might able to look forward to the smartwatch’s release by the end of the year.

During Fitbit’s second quarter earnings report (via Engadget), Fitbit’s CEO James Park confirmed that the smartwatch will be on track for a delivery ahead of the holiday season, and that it is expected to help the company enjoy a strong second half of the year. While Fitbit is more or less associated with fitness trackers, the company hasn’t exactly been doing well as their financials have revealed.

We’re not sure if a smartwatch will turn things around for them, especially since there have been other companies with more resources like Apple and Samsung who haven’t had much luck on that front either, but we guess we’ll have to wait and see. Fitbit’s CEO had also previously confirmed that there will be third-party apps available at launch, dismissing rumors that the smartwatch would only support Fitbit apps at the start.

We’ve already seen the watch thanks to leaked renders, which if accurate reminds us of a slightly modified version of the Fitbit Blaze.

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Fitbit’s Smartwatch Will Launch With Support From Third-Party Apps

Tyler Lee July 29, 2017

Fitbit is probably best known for their fitness trackers, which over time have evolved in terms of design and functionality, which is why when we heard that Fitbit was planning a smartwatch of their own, this progression made complete sense. However since the announcement, we have been hearing quite a few troubling reports regarding the development of the watch.

One of it being that the smartwatch could launch without support for third-party apps, but thankfully it seems that the rumors weren’t true. Speaking to The Verge, Fitbit’s CEO James Park reassured customers that the smartwatch will be launching with a number of apps from specific partners, and that they will also be rolling out an SDK that will allow other third-party developers to create apps for the device.

Unfortunately Park did not provide any specifics as to what kind of apps we might be able to expect from their partners, or when the watch will be launched. Earlier this month we had heard rumors that the watch could be further delayed, but the company had stated back then that things were on track.

Either way we suppose the only thing we can do is wait and see when the device launches, whenever that might be, and hopefully for the sake of the company whose shares are down nearly 60% this year, it will be able to live up to the hype.

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Users Can Now Use Cortana Together With Fitbit

Tyler Lee July 28, 2017

If you want to monitor your fitness progress with your Fitbit, you can always just glance at its display to see what is happening at the moment, or alternatively you can always launch the app for your history and other details. However it seems that Fitbit owners have a new way of interacting with their biometrics, and that is through Cortana.

Microsoft has recently announced that there is a new Fitbit skill for Cortana. According to Microsoft, “With the new Fitbit skill for Cortana, you can easily monitor your health and fitness goals – just by asking Cortana. Users can access the Fitbit skill across devices and platforms, starting with Windows 10, Android and iOS and soon on the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker.”

We should point out that this does not mean that your Fitbit wearable will suddenly gain a new voice assistant in Cortana, but rather users can use their Cortana-support devices to get information about your biometrics without having to launch the app or access the website. Also because Cortana is integrated into multiple devices like laptops, PCs, and phones, as long as it is tied to their Fitbit users can access this information anytime.

Users who want to get started just have to say, “Hey Cortana, Open Fitbit,” to begin the setup process.

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