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Topic: Fitbit

Fitbit's Pebble buyout valued at less than $40M, more about fighting Apple than product line

12/07/2016, 09:12 am

New details about Fitbit's buyout of Pebble have emerged, namely that the deal is more about acquiring software and talent the company needs to fight Apple in the wearable arena, and less about the Pebble product line.

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New study on holiday wearables sales gives Apple Watch dominant revenue lead

12/06/2016, 10:12 am

A new research study has determined that not only did Apple garner nearly half of the online revenue generated, but that number has grown significantly since the last holiday season, at the expense of its rivals Fitbit, Samsung, and Garmin.

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Apple Watch market share falling amongst fitness trackers, holding steady with smartwatches

12/05/2016, 11:12 am

New IDC data examining the wearables market shows a growing overall presence, with fitness bands claiming 85 percent of Q3 sales, but little impact demonstrated from the late-quarter Apple Watch refresh in its short availability.

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Fitbit to reportedly buy smartwatch maker Pebble for 'small amount,' phase out product

11/30/2016, 11:11 pm

Wearable fitness device giant Fitbit is reportedly on the verge of buying out, and subsequently shutting down, smartwatch upstart Pebble for what sources describe as a "small amount."

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Fitbit reveals new Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers, plus updated app

08/29/2016, 11:08 am

Fitbit on Monday announced the latest addition to its iOS-connectable fitness tracker lineup, with the $150 Fitbit Charge 2, and $100 Fitbit Flex 2.

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Fitbit buys Coin assets, makes plans to enter same mobile payment space as Apple Pay

05/18/2016, 01:05 pm

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the purchase of Coin's wearable payments assets, a takeover which should put Fitbit on a path to launching its own mobile payments technology sometime in 2017, and hence competing even more closely with Apple.

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Early Apple Watch adopters were mostly men, but latecomers are starting to skew toward women

05/05/2016, 03:05 pm

At launch, the overwhelming majority of Apple Watch buyers were men. But in the year since it debuted, women have begun to close the gap and embrace Apple's new wearable platform, new research shows.

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Fitness bands outselling all other wearables, including Apple Watch, research finds

05/04/2016, 10:05 am

Despite devices like the Apple Watch nominally being able to do more, dedicated fitness bands are vastly outselling other wearables in the U.S., according to a research report published on Wednesday.

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Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch 'wrong way' to approach wearables

05/03/2016, 01:05 am

James Park, chief executive at Fitbit, in an interview published Monday described how his company was able to withstand what many viewed as direct competition from Apple in 2015, saying the Cupertino tech giant took a wrong turn with Apple Watch.

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Wearables market surged in 2015 fueled by Apple Watch & Fitbit, IDC data shows

02/23/2016, 02:02 pm

Wearable sales leaped ahead in both the December quarter and during 2015 as a whole, thanks in no small part to Apple Watch sales, research firm IDC said in a report published on Tuesday.

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

02/03/2016, 09:02 am

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

01/06/2016, 04:01 pm

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

01/05/2016, 01:01 pm

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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IDC estimates 3.9M Apple Watches sold in Sept. quarter

12/03/2015, 01:12 pm

Apple shipped approximately 3.9 million Apple Watches in the September quarter, according to new IDC research estimates for the wearables market published on Thursday.

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Apple Watch raises awareness of wearables as Pebble doubles its sales, CEO says

11/04/2015, 10:11 am

Rather than hurting sales of the Pebble smartwatch, the debut of the Apple Watch has actually helped the company, its CEO has revealed, thanks to increased consumer awareness of wearable devices.

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Fitbit posts strong third-quarter revenue, says Apple Watch had no 'material impact'

11/03/2015, 09:11 am

The Apple Watch had no "material impact" on Fitbit's sales in the third quarter, which saw revenue climb 168 percent year-over-year to $409.3 million, the company's CEO said in a results call.

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

06/18/2015, 02:06 pm

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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Apple's HealthKit has yet to realize its potential, thanks to lackadaisical third-party support

06/07/2015, 07:06 am

Apple's HealthKit, especially with the newly launched Apple Watch, is a fantastic way for apps and services to share health and fitness data openly with one another. Unfortunately, Apple's own Health app is still being held back by short-sighted decisions from some of the top fitness platforms, including my two favorites: RunKeeper and Fitbit.

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Jawbone sues Fitbit for 'systematically plundering' confidential data

05/28/2015, 11:05 am

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

05/22/2015, 11:05 am

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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