+ Thursday November 21st, 2019

Only a few days ago we mentioned that Google were considering the purchase of Fitbit. That has come to fruition with an announcment on the Google Blog by their Senior VP of Devices and Services, Rick Osterloh.

Over the years, Google has made progress with partners in this space with Wear OS and Google Fit, but we see an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market. Fitbit has been a true pioneer in the industry and has created engaging products, experiences and a vibrant community of users. By working closely with Fitbit’s team of experts, and bringing together the best AI, software and hardware, we can help spur innovation in wearables and build products to benefit even more people around the world.

This is a fascinating step for Google, the WearOS platform has been struggling for some time. Our team at Ausdroid have not been alone in calling for action before users abandon the platform in droves.

With Fitbit edging away from fitness tracking as their only market and towards Smartwatches, it stands to reason that they’d be looked at by Google given their history of success. Hopefully Google can learn a lot from Fitbit in the delivered customer experience and bring a Pixel Watch that we all want so badly.

Source: Google Blog.

Phil Tann   Associate

Phil Tann

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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Palo Verde
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Well Fitbit bought Pebble and I really loved pebble and it was gone then I started adopting to fitbit and bought Ionic and then upgraded to Versa 2 and now they are bought out by Google. So now I’ll have to adopt to whatever google dishes out which is never cheap just look at the pixels and than the pixel books not one item is cheap. So from humble inexpensive pebble to middle of the road fitbit now it’s heading to bloody expensive google hardware. No wonder some people just stick to Apple watch. It will never be bought out… Read more »

Duncan Jaffrey
Ausdroid Editor

Because apple products are affordable….. The good news is that the deal will take a long time to go through. Nothing is changing anytime soon

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