Fitbit's First Smartwatch Combines Fitness Features And Pebble Legacy

Fitbit's First Smartwatch Combines Fitness Features And Pebble Legacy

Fitbit's First Smartwatch Combines Fitness Features And Pebble Legacy

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Fitbit's first smartwatch is the company's first device built on the Pebble software platform after its acquisition of Pebble's "key assets" for around $40 million in 2016.

"Fitbit provides a more complete picture of your health by showing how everything you do throughout each day contributes to those numbers", said Dr. David Katz, nutrition expert on the Fitbit Advisory Panel. Fitbit Flyer comes in two colours - Nightfall Blue and Lunar Gray, costing $ is also up for pre-orders from the company website.

The company's latest product, Ionic, is what experts claimed to be the first Fitbit smartwatch. (NYSE:FIT) is set to release a smartwatch in October in an attempt to steal market share away from the Apple Watch.

The wristwatch will support wireless mobile payments, display notifications and offer its own selection of apps accessed through a new App Gallery.

Fitbit claims the smartwatch can run for four days on a single charge, however using the Global Positioning System and frequent workouts will drain it faster. "The only way we felt we could do that was with a larger form factor device".

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It's hard to pin Pebble's exact demise on any one thing - smartwatches have never really proved profitable for anyone, even Apple - but the reliance on a proprietary operating system definitely doesn't help. According to Jonah Becker, head of design at Fitbit, the design was called 'geo-organic'. Its body is made from nano-molded aluminum which slants downward from the face in an octagonal shape.

"There's a lot of stuff that's kind of looking backwards in terms of trying to make a smartwatch feel like the same watch your dad had 30 years ago".

The Ionic is priced at $299.95, $100 more than the Blaze before it. It also guides you through breathing exercises, detects your activity to adjust tracking, and for swimmers, it can detect your laps, stroke style, and calories burned overall.

Launch features include personalized guidance, on-device dynamic workouts, a relative SpO2 sensor for monitoring blood oxygen levels, GPS, swim tracking and on-board music as well as Fitbit Pay contactless payments. Users will be able to get call, text and calendar alerts on their watch.

Fitbit Ionic will feature contactless on the go payments. The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch runs on the Fitbit OS, which has been designed for Fitbit smartwatches - hinting that Fitbit does have more watches lined up for future. Let us know in the comment section below!

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