When Fitbit launched the Fitbit Ionic, it represented the company’s first attempt at creating a smartwatch. Prior to that, Fitbit was known for their fitness trackers, but following the launch of various smartwatches, Fitbit decided to toss their hat …
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There have been rumors to suggest that future Apple Watches could include glucose monitoring which will allow diabetics to check their glucose levels in a non-invasive manner. However it seems that there is a chance that Fitbit could beat Apple to the punch, according to a report from CNBC.
The report has revealed that Fitbit has recently invested as much as $6 million into a company called Sano who are developing a coin-sized patch that helps users track blood sugar levels that will help with diabetes management. By building this glucose monitor into their products, Fitbit could appeal to a wider range of customers, such as those who want fitness/health tracking capabilities along with better diabetes management.
According to James Park, the CEO of Fitbit, “This fits into our strategy of looking beyond the device and thinking more about (health) solutions. I think the complete solution comes in the form of having some monitoring solution that is coupled with a display, and a wearable that can give you the interventions at the right moment.”
That being said, it should be noted that Sano’s technology isn’t non-invasive, but the company’s CEO Ashwin Pushpala claims that it will be less painful compared to what’s available in the market right now. Also Sano’s tech isn’t available right now and is expected to only hit the market in about a year, meaning that we probably won’t be seeing it anytime soon since it would also need approval from the likes of the FDA.
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.
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.
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.
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.