Meet Fitbit’s newest device, the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch

Video shot/edited by Justin Wolfson. (video link) After nearly a year of rumors, Fitbit finally announced its first smartwatch today—the Fitbit Ionic. For the past 10 years, Fitbit has been one of the biggest players in the wearables game. However, it took the company a while to embrace the smartwatch trend. Last year's Fitbit Blaze was the closest the company got to creating a smartwatch, but the Blaze wasn't advanced enough to take on the Apple Watch or any Android Wear devices. Apple's and [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit smartwatch release date range revealed as financial storm continues

This afternoon Fitbit shared their financial earnings in a message that also tapped their upcoming smartwatch as a friendly beacon of light. This device has been long awaited – if you’re the sort of person who loves the Fitbit brand and needs a smartwatch, that is to say – and until now Fitbit’s provided scarce details on their eventual release. … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Will the Fitbit smartwatch ever launch? Was the Pebble acquisition all for naught?

The app store has reportedly been getting doubtful glances from third-party developers and even Spotify. Will Fitbit make it up by the fall? The post Will the Fitbit smartwatch ever launch? Was the Pebble acquisition all for naught? appeared first on Pocketnow. SOURCE: Pocketnow - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Pebble app for Android updated, now geared for Fitbit transition

What’s the latest about Pebble? The company which was recently acquired by Fitbit has been working on the transition and next steps for the users. It’s not the only startup bought by Fitbit as the latter also acquired Pebble Vector. Moving forward, the Pebble team wants to continue on with the service but with significant […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Deals of the Day (4-06-2017)

Prices for refurbished Pebble smartwatches have been falling ever since Fitbit acquired Pebble and announced plans to basically shut down the company. But I’ve been avoiding including Pebble watch deals in our daily deals roundups, because it wasn’t really clear how long the watches would be useful for. Then this week Pebble released a software […] Deals of the Day (4-06-2017) is a post from: Liliputing SOURCE: Liliputing - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Pebble preps for the end of its smartwatch services

The end is near for Pebble. The latest update to Pebble watches should extend their life a bit longer by removing the dependency on cloud servers. This allows the devices to work without the Pebble services that have up until now was required for many user interactions. When Fitbit purchased Pebble in late 2016, uncertainty hung over the purchase. Would Fitbit keep supporting the device?… Read More SOURCE: TechCrunch - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

New Pebble update ensures your watch continues to work without online servers

The latest update ­to Pebble’s app will decouple Pebble smartwatches from the company’s cloud servers so that basic features remain accessible though how other cloud-dependent features will work remains to be seen. See also:Pebble software and services will be available at least until the end of 2017December 15, 2016 Fitbit acquired Pebble last year but promised continued support for existing Pebble devices throughout 2017. The company also added that there will be a future update to loosen [Read Entire Story]

Your Pebble watch will still work after its servers shut down

After Fitbit bought the beleaguered Pebble last November, we bid a fond (and at times bitter) farewell to the first big fitness smartwatch. Its acquisition spelled the beginning of the end for the device, given how dependent it is on cloud services.... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit purchased Pebble for a lot less than what everybody thought

Fitbit acquired Pebble a few months ago, but the actual dollar amount of the deal was kept a secret until Fitbit’s recent earnings release. When Pebble was acquired, estimates put the deal at less than $40 million. While that ended up being true, it’s actually a lot less than what everyone thought. According to the […] Come comment on this article: Fitbit purchased Pebble for a lot less than what everybody thought Visit TalkAndroid SOURCE: TalkAndroid - Read entire story [Read Entire Story]

What Fitbit Paid for Pebble Is Undeniably Sad

One of the biggest reasons Pebble was a damn fine smartwatch was its entirely reasonable price. Back in December, the Kickstarter success story sold off its assets to Fitbit and was promptly shut down. Today, we learned how much it was sold for and it seems those low, low prices continued into its demise.Read more... SOURCE: Gizmodo - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

An actual Fitbit smartwatch is definitely happening

Fitbit is working on a real smartwatch, and no, it’s not going to be the pseudo-smartwatch with fitness tracking capabilities like we’ve seen in the Blaze and Surge. This really shouldn’t surprise anyone, though, since Fitbit has been making some big name acquisitions lately, including Pebble and Vector, both of which made some pretty good […] Come comment on this article: An actual Fitbit smartwatch is definitely happening Visit TalkAndroid SOURCE: TalkAndroid - Read [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit continues to beef up smartwatch efforts with acquisition of Vector

(credit: Vector) Fitness wearables company Fitbit didn't announce any new products at CES 2017, and we didn't expect it to. However, just days after the show ended, news of a new acquisition has come out. Fitbit has purchased the European smartwatch startup Vector, which already has two devices in the luxury connected watches market. Both watches boast 30-day battery lives. A message on Vector's website confirms the acquisition but does not disclose how much Fitbit paid for the startup. Vector [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s Own App Store Will Be Launched Soon

Wearable device company Fitbit is working on its own app store. This was confirmed by the company’s CEO James Park during an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas earlier this week. The CEO said that Fitbit wants to launch its own wearable app store “as soon as possible.” It’s not surprising to see the company talk about this so soon after it decided to acquire Pebble. The new app store that it launches this year will certainly use assets taken over [Read Entire Story]

Nomad offers Pebble chargers, adapters for free (plus shipping)

A lot of people were saddened when Pebble announced they were closing down shop and parts of their business were being acquired by FitBit, meaning they will no longer be producing smartwatches. Companies that were producing accessories for their devices are of course also affected by this. One such company is Nomad, which also started […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Pebble starts working with Fitbit to continue services

We may have bid our goodbye to Pebble but don’t worry, the company will remain alive in Fitbit. The Pebble community will continue to go on although with a few changes. The team will soon be migrating to Fitbit so expect a new vision will be shared. A certain Pebbler named Jon Barlow recently shared […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Pebble promises to keep software, services running through 2017

Pebble may not be selling smartwatches anymore, but if you already have a Pebble watch it should continue working… for a while. Fitbit recently announced plans to acquire Pebble’s intellectual property, key personell, and other asset… but not the company’s hardware. At the time Fitbit said that while no future software updates were planned, Pebble watches would continue to work for a while. Now the company is clarifying that Pebble’s software and services will [Read Entire Story]

Pebble watches to live on through 2017

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Fitbit confirmed it was buying Pebble for $40 million last week, and now we have our first communication from inside the transition. In a Pebble blog post, written by Jon Barlow, a Pebble watchface developer and member of Pebble's Developer Evangelist Team, it details that Fitbit will not shutter the company's services just yet. Pebble software and services will continue to run normally through 2017. "To be clear, no one on this freshly-formed team seeks [Read Entire Story]

Pebble details what users should expect next year

Fitbit’s acquisition of Pebble is undoubtedly one of the biggest news to rock the mobile tech community, and not in a good way. Considering how it unambiguously put a stop to Pebble’s hardware business, including the unfulfilled Pebble Time 2 Kickstarter, there has been no shortage of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (a.k.a., FUD) surrounding those smartwatches already out in the … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Pebble Says Existing Smartwatch Services Will Continue to Function Through 2017

Pebble has moved to reassure its customers that software and services will continue to run through 2017, following Fitbit's acquisition of the company last week. Fitbit bought out Pebble for its software assets, not for its hardware, which has concerned many existing owners of Pebble smartwatches about the continued functionality of their devices. Today, however, Pebble sought to allay fears by confirming in a blog post that services would continue as normal for at least another [Read Entire Story]

Pebble Posts Details on Refunds and Existing Device Services Following Fitbit Buyout

Pebble CEO and founder Eric Migicovsky took to the company's blog yesterday to personally confirm its imminent closure, following media reports earlier on Wednesday that Fitbit has acquired its technology, software assets, and other intellectual property. Dear Pebblers, Thank you all for being such loyal supporters and champions of the Pebble community and brand. You helped start something fantastic when you backed our first Kickstarter project (and shout-out to the first inPulse users). [Read Entire Story]

Pebble Halts Sales As Fitbit Confirms Acquisition

We’ve been hearing for about a week now that Fitbit is likely to acquire Pebble. The latter has competed in the wearable device market for a couple of years now and even though it was off to a good start, its situation hasn’t really been that good recently. Fitbit has officially announced today that it’s acquiring Pebble’s key assets which don’t include hardware. Fitbit has therefore halted sales of its smartwatches. While terms of the deal haven’t been [Read Entire Story]

Pebble confirms Fitbit sale: Hardware is dead, software in maintenance mode

Enlarge / Pebble's Time 2 will be its swan song. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Pebble, the onetime darling of Kickstarter backers everywhere, has had a rough year. Despite the launch of the Pebble 2 this fall, the company had to lay off 25 percent of its workforce in March. And late last week, news broke that it would be selling to fitness wearable company FitBit for somewhere between $34 and $40 million. That paltry sum is about half of the $70 million that Intel allegedly offered for the [Read Entire Story]