Method again in April of this yr, it was reported that Fitbit was engaged on a smartwatch (and Bluetooth headphones), however that the method was suffering from “manufacturing mishaps.”
There was perception on the time that Fitbit was nonetheless shifting ahead in launching the merchandise, however that they had been successfully delayed. Once they would see the sunshine of day was anybody’s guess, a minimum of formally. In Might we noticed leaked photos of what was reported to be each the smartwatch and Bluetooth headphones, however, nonetheless, no launch date was offered.
Now, as reported by The Verge, Fitbit CEO James Park mentioned that the smartwatch shall be out there someday in the course of the vacation interval this yr. As well as, the system will characteristic GPS, well being and health options, and that it is going to be water-proof as much as 50 meters. Park added that it’s going to have “multi-day battery life,” and that it’s going to boast cross-platform compatibility.
Along with that, Park famous that the “overwhelming majority of income in Q3 shall be associated to legacy merchandise,” suggesting new product, particularly one like a smartwatch that would garner loads of consideration from Fitbit followers, gained’t see the sunshine of day till someday within the fourth quarter of the yr.
Park believes that Fitbit is a singular place to tackle Apple, who’s perceived because the dominating chief within the smartwatch market at this level, contemplating his firm has been constructing health- and fitness-tracking units for a few years. He additionally mentioned that Fitbit is wanting into monitoring issues like sleep apnea as properly.
So, it seems to be like Fitbit isn’t giving up on the smartwatch in any case. There was no point out of the Bluetooth headphones, it appears, so there’s no indication if these shall be launched within the vacation season, too.
Will you decide up a Fitbit smartwatch when it arrives?
[by way of The Verge]
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