October 20, 2014
This week there's a new report about leaked details of an upcoming Fitbit device -- this is the third device that has leaked from Fitbit in recent weeks -- The Verge reports that the Fitbit Surge will cost about $250 and will offer GPS-enabled distance tracking, heart rate sensing, and call and text message notifications. That would make the Surge the first Fitbit with GPS and the...
October 15, 2014
Details and images of two upcoming Fitbit activity tracker devices, called Charge and Charge HR, have leaked, according to a report from Gizmodo.
Fitbit first mentioned their new generation of devices in February when they voluntarily recalled the Fitbit Force after just less than 2 percent of Force owners complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually...
June 30, 2014
The updated Fitbit app tracks frequency of exercise on a calendar.
Fitbit has announced a major update to its iOS app, which will be accessible to users of the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, and Fitbit Zip devices. The app update adds two new feature sets to Fitbit's app: MobileRun, which will add a number of capabilities for runners, and enhanced food logging tools, including one that integrates...
May 19, 2014
Worldwide revenues from sports, fitness, and activity tracking devices will grow by 46 percent between 2013 and 2019, according to a recent report from analyst group IHS Technology. The firm attributes growth to the increasing number of health-conscious consumers willing to buy heart rate monitors and other wearable devices.
IHS pegs global OEM revenue at $1.9 billion in 2013, which will rise to...
February 21, 2014
Fitbit has announced a voluntary recall of the Fitbit Force after a number of users complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually occurring a number of weeks after they began wearing the tracker.
"Recently, some Force users have reported skin irritation," Fitbit CEO James Park said in an open letter to customers. "While only 1.7 percent of Force users have reported any type...
January 8, 2014
According to a recent report from the NPD Group, San Francisco-based Fitbit shipped 67 percent of all activity tracking devices in 2013. The company's devices also accounted for 77 percent of the "full body activity trackers" shipped during the five weeks leading up to Christmas. That's up from about 60 percent for 2012's holiday season, according to Fitbit. NPD also estimated that the digital...
November 14, 2013
Consumer wearable devices are a growing market. According to a recent report from Berg Insights, the category that includes fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smartwatches will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, up from 8.3 million in 2012.
As the biggest consumer shopping season of the year begins, the fitness tracker arms race is heating up, and the longtime...
October 10, 2013
Fitbit officially announced its new device, Fitbit Force, which was leaked last week. It will be available from "select retailers" in three to four weeks at $129.95.
As part of a future update, for iPhones 4S and higher that are running on iOS 7, users can choose to receive incoming call notifications on their Fitbit Force device if the phone is nearby, a feature common on smartwatches.