How to mute progress updates from your friends and hide your own data in Activity sharing

By Steffen Reich on Jan 5, 2017

Activity sharing is a tried and tested way to boost your app engagement by pitting your own fitness data against others that are willing to share theirs. Fitbit and Nike knew for a while of the extra motivation released when someone else monitors your activity, Apple knows full well since iOS 10 and watchOS 3. Agreeing to share and relay your activity on Apple Watch can hence be an inspirational thing, but it also results in a considerable increase of wrist-buzzing every day.

The following tutorial on no account is an insider’s tip, however if you have committed to sharing your activity and your patience with the daily activity updates from your friend is starting to wear thin, remember that there is an option to mute those notifications. The tutorial, or reminder (depending on your level of knowledge), also demonstrates how to hide your own activity from that friend, in case you don’t want them to know about your newest calories crushing workout just yet.

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Fitbit buys Pebble’s software assets, but cancels new hardware

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Fitbit, the maker of popular activity and fitness trackers, has officially acquired Pebble. The deal was finalized this morning, both companies have said.

The acquisition includes all of Pebble’s software assets, but excludes any hardware. Yup, that’s right—looks like the Pebble smartwatch is officially dead.

“Due to various factors, Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity,” the company said. “We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices.” Read More

 

Fitbit said to be buying Pebble for around $40 million

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Fitbit is set to acquire troubled smartwatch-maker Pebble, according to a report from The Information. The deal is said to be mainly about the company’s intellectual property and software, and will likely result in the end of Pebble hardware.

In a subsequent report, TechCrunch says a source close to the startup pegged the deal in the neighborhood of $34 to $40 million, and it will just barely cover its debts. In the past, it was rumored Pebble received offers as high as $740 million. Read More

 

Future Fitbit devices to gain support for NFC-based contactless payment technology

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Fitbit, which makes fitness accessories, activity trackers and other wearable devices, just acquired payments hardware firm Coin, signaling its intent to enrich its product lineup with contactless payment features. That’s right, your next Fitbit fitness tracker may let you pay for in-store purchases. Read More

 

Fitbit unveils fashionable Alta activity tracker with swappable bands

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

Wearable maker Fitbit on Wednesday announced a brand new activity tracker with fashionable design that gives you the ability to swap bands.

Featuring five days of usage on a single charge and a selection of bands, including leather ones and a stainless steel bracelet, Fitbit hopes to appeal to the burgeoning market of stylish tech gadgets that are worn on one’s body.

The Alta has the usual assortment of movement-tracking sensors and includes a slim touchscreen OLED display that shows basic stats and notifications relayed from a smartphone. Read More

 

Fitbit unveils new ‘Blaze’ fitness smartwatches

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Wearable company Fitbit at CES 2016 in Las Vegas announced a brand new lineup of fitness-focused smartwatches, marketed under the Blaze moniker. Featuring a sleek design and easily interchangeable accessories, the Blaze lineup offers an enhanced fitness and workout experience with advanced coaching and other features.

All devices are outfitted with a color touchscreen, have a built-in heart rate tracker and SmartTrack exercise recognition and support interchangeable bands and frames. Read More

 

Fitbit Surge gains bike-tracking, multi device support announced

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

Monday, fitness tracker maker Fitbit took pre-emptive steps ahead of Apple Watch launch next month, giving its fitness bands new features.

The company announced a new outdoor bike-tracking feature on its $249 Surge fitness tracker. In addition, it rolled out multi-tracker support allowing users to easily switch between multiple Fitbit models throughout the day. Multi-band support allows Fitbit fans to register up to six fitness trackers in their Fitbit account, one of each model.

The system then automatically pings the user when she or he switches trackers. Read More

 

Fitbit Charge HR, Surge now available for $149/$249

By Jake Smith on Jan 6, 2015

Can’t wait for the Apple Watch to track your health? Fitbit announced the availability of the Charge HR and Surge on Tuesday, after unveiling the products last October.

The Charge HR, available from Fitbit’s website for $149, is a heart rate tracker on the wrist, with an OLED screen, an exercise mode, Caller ID, automatic sleep detection, and a water resistant design with 5 days of battery life. It’s available in plum, black, blue, or tangerine. Read More

 

New ‘Sync Solver’ app sends Fitbit data to Apple’s Health app

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

In October, Fitbit announced that it had no plans of integrating its activity trackers or software with Apple’s Health app. This means that if you have a Fitbit Flex or other device, the data it gathers will not be shared with Health, crippling its attempt to be your fitness data dashboard.

But a new app launched this week in the App Store that aims to change this. It’s called Sync Solver, and it allows Fitbit wearers to track all of the important data collected by their wearables within the Health app, without ever having to use the standalone, dedicated Fitbit application. Read More

 

Apple removes Fitbit products from online store

By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2014

Apple has followed through with plans to stop selling Fitbit devices. As noted by MacRumors, the company has pulled all Fitbit products from its online store and has begun removing them from the shelves of its retail stores as well.

Previously, Apple carried the Fitbit Flex fitness band and the classic Fitbit one, both of which connected to iOS devices. The reason behind the removals is unknown, but there does appear to be tension brewing between the two firms. Read More

 

FitBit unveils next-generation activity trackers and a $250 fitness superwatch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

After recalling its rash-inducing Force wristband back in February, FitBit on Monday launched a new family of activity trackers, the FitBit Charge and Charge HR, while making its first foray into the smart watch space with the FitBit Surge fitness accessory.

The water-resistant Fitbit Charge, billed as “the Force reinvented”, is an improved version of the activity tracker with an OLED screen and a seven-day battery. The Fitbit Charge HR is an improved version of the Charge wristband with FitBit’s PurePulse heart rate sensors and a five-day battery.

As for the Fitbit Surge, this $250 fitness watch packs in a total of eight sensors for more detailed logging of activities such as running and working out. Jump past the fold for more details. Read More

 

Apple to stop selling Fitbit products in stores

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2014

Apple may soon stop selling Fitbit device in its retail stores, according to Recode. The outlet says that its source gave no meaningful reason for why it’s decided to pull the products, but it may have something to do with its upcoming Apple Watch.

Introduced at last month’s media event, the Apple Watch is billed as a device capable of handling a number of smartphone tasks, as well as tracking and analyzing various health and fitness data. This would put it in direct competition with Fitbit. Read More

 

Fitbit currently has no plans to integrate with iOS 8 Health app

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2014

It looks like Fitbit won’t be sharing data with the new iOS 8 Health app anytime soon. Responding to a question in support forums, a representative for the company said that it “currently has no plans to integrate with HealthKit.”

The rep adds that HealthKit is an interesting new platform that Fitbit will be watching as it matures, as it looks for opportunities to improve the user experience. “But at the moment,” he says, it’s working on “other exciting projects.” Read More

 

Fitibt recalls Force fitness band over skin irritation, offers refunds

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2014

Here’s a little wake-up call for companies jumping on the wearable devices bandwagon like there’s no tomorrow. You don’t get to ever think about skin irritation in regard to computers, digital cameras, smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. But fitness trackers and health bands are quite a different story: this kind of technology gets worn on one’s person and is in direct contact with skin more or less 24/7.

Case in point: accessory maker Fitbit on Friday announced a voluntary recall of its Force fitness tracker due to complaints of skin irritation. The company has stopped sales of the rash-inducing wristband and will be offering refunds, according to ConsumeristRead More

 

Fitbit Force’s iPhone-exclusive Caller ID integration shown off on video, coming February

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2014

FitBit released its Force fitness tracker last October, but not all of the planned software features were ready for the launch, namely notifications for incoming calls. According to a company representative, Called ID functionality is currently being worked on and is scheduled for delivery in February 2014 via a free software update.

They’ve also shared a video showing Caller ID integration on the Force and I’ve included it below the fold for your viewing pleasure… Read More

 

Fitbit updated with MobileTrack feature via iPhone 5s’s M7 motion coprocessor

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2013

The list of apps enabled for Apple’s power-efficient motion tracking chip, the M7, just keeps on growing. Fitbit, one of the finest fitness apps in the App Store, has been bumped up to version 2.1, now available in the App Store, and can now use the iPhone 5s’s motion tracking chip to monitor your activity without draining your device’s battery or having the app active for that matter.

M7 support has also made possible a new MobileTrack feature that allows you to use some of Fitbit’s tracking features, but without buying the company’s wearable tracking accessories. More on that and other changes in this Fitbit update right below… Read More

 

Argus picks up support for Fitbit imports, Bluetooth heart rate monitor for activities and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2013

Azumio’s Argus fitness software was the first App Store app to gain low-power motion tracking via support for the dedicated M7 motion coprocessor inside the iPhone 5s.

Today, the developer has refreshed the app with a bunch of fixes and a couple new features, including the new Close Friends social capability, the ability to import Fitbit data, support for Bluetooth heart rate monitor for activities and other goodies.

The updated item is now live in the App Store and free for everyone who’ve previously purchased the program… Read More

 

Fitbit launches Force fitness tracker with Bluetooth 4.0 and call notifications

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2013

Fitbit’s health and fitness trackers are well regarded by fans of wearables. The San Francisco startup has managed to win over the active types with its Flex wristband, Zip and Fitbit One activity trackers and today they’re adding another gadget to its lineup: the Force fitness tracker.

Slap it on your wrist and the Force will dutifully record the steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned and active minutes. It also measures the quality of your sleep (how many times you wake up) and has a nice built-in OLED display to show time and, soon, incoming call notifications… Read More

 

Fitbit’s new activity-tracking Flex wristband now available for $100

By Cody Lee on May 6, 2013

At CES this year, fitness accessory startup Fitbit announced the final missing piece of its highly-regarded activity-tracking line: a wristband. Dubbed the ‘Flex,’ it offers all of the durability and accuracy of its clip-on products, in a more wearable solution.

Initial market feedback for the band was tremendous, but a lot of that enthusiasm has seemingly subsided during this lengthy waiting period between announcement and availability. Nevertheless, the Fitbit Flex is finally here and available for purchase… Read More

 

CES 2013: Fitbit launches Bluetooth Smart-enabled Flex wristband life tracker

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2013

Looking to one-up Jawbone’s Up wristband, Fitbit today at CES unveiled a new fitness-tracking accessory for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, the Flex. This tiny tracker fits comfortably around your wrist and arrives as the first wristband on the market to sync with low-power Bluetooth Smart devices.

It has a built-in battery that last up to seven days and will track steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and even figure your sleeping habits… Read More