November 13, 2019
New health tracking features are on the menu for Fitbit’s next smartwatch OS update. Unveiled this morning and set to go live on December 3, FitbitOS 4.1 brings some of the sleep health capabilities promised by the company back in August, refines the heart rate tracking algorithm on Versa 2 devices and adds new features to its subscriber offering.
In terms of the latter, Fitbit Premium users will...
August 20, 2018
Fitbit has unveiled the third device in the Fitbit Charge family, the Fitbit Charge 3, and the new version adds SpO2 tracking among other health tracking improvements. The device will be available starting in October.
“With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable, and premium...
March 6, 2017
It may not be the smartwatch competitor promised on a recent earnings call, but Fitbit did announce a new device today that combines the advantages of two of its existing trackers. With the Fitbit Alta HR, the wearables company has added the PurePulse heart rate tracking technology from devices like the Fitbit Charge HR to the slimmer fashion-forward Fitbit Alta. The new version of Alta also adds...
October 21, 2016
Fitness wearable company has raised $12 million in new funding in a round led by Mangrove Capital. BOE Technology Group also contributed to the round.
"As with their first two products, Moov is creating an entirely new wearable experience that provides actionable data in line with the current fitness trends,” Stanley Wang, founding partner at Mangrove Capital, said in a statement. “People have...
August 30, 2016
Though rumors have been circulating for some time, Fitbit officially announced its new versions of the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Charge devices yesterday. At the same time, the company announced new Fitbit app features and a new line of designer devices.
The biggest difference between the Fitbit Flex 2 and the Fitbit Flex is that the new device is sufficiently water-resistant to be worn while...
December 10, 2015
Some 74 percent of adults said they plan to purchase health and fitness device within the next year. And of this group, 35 percent said they plan to buy a smartwatch, according to a survey of 1,001 online US adults conducted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), formerly the Consumer Electronics Association. The survey was fielded between August 20 and September 2.
November 18, 2015
In advance of the start of the holiday shopping season, Argus Insights has released a report on consumer perception and demand for wearables, based on the research firm's analysis of 6,000 global reviews and social media conversations. As expected, Apple Watch tops the demand for consumer smartwatches, but surprisingly Fitbit didn't top the dedicated fitness tracker category -- it came in second...
September 9, 2015
Jawbone has unveiled a new Yves Behar-designed band design for its UP2 tracking device and announced a new firmware update for a few of its fitness tracking devices that will enable new heart rate and sleep tracking features. The company confirmed to CNET that it would replace existing UP2 users' devices with the new one if requested because of an issue with the legacy device's clasp.
March 31, 2015
Apple's newest offering, the Apple Watch, is set to launch April 24th. When the watch launches in a few weeks, Apple will launch a new section in its app store specifically for Apple Watch apps.
The Apple Watch, which was announced September 2014, will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will extrapolate further data...
February 10, 2015
The University of Southern California (USC) has launched a new app that takes some cues from Instagram, called Biogram, that allows users to take pictures, but that adds a stamp to the picture noting the user's heart rate.
The pictures can be pushed to Facebook and other social media services. Biogram integrates heart rate data from AliveCor's smartphone ECG. If the user does not have an AliveCor...