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Fitbit Ace 3 gets kids up and moving during screen time-heavy pandemic

Fitbit Ace 3 gets kids up and moving during screen time-heavy pandemic

Fitbit today announced the Ace 3, the next wearable in its line targeted primarily at kids. As you'd imagine, the Fitbit Ace 3 doesn't quite come with the feature set that a fitness tracker or smartwatch meant for adults does, but it can still helps kids and parents track activity throughout the day and sleep habits at night. Fitbit argues that's more important than ever right now, when many kids aren't attending school in-person and are spending their days looking at screens.

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Fitbit Ace 3 leaked: A fitness tracker your kid will probably want [UPDATE: Statement]

Fitbit Ace 3 leaked: A fitness tracker your kid will probably want [UPDATE: Statement]

Today the Fitbit Ace 3 leaked in almost all ways, appearing in press photos, with press details, and attached to a reveal date. The Fitbit Ace 3 is (as the name implies) the third version of Fitbit's kid-aimed fitness tracker, appearing here in black and blue. This device works with a larger OLED display than its predecessors, with features that suggest it'll be able to remain active and awake for days on end.

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Fitbit might have a more affordable subscription tier under Google

Fitbit might have a more affordable subscription tier under Google

Google might already consider its acquisition of Fitbit a done deal but there are still some loose ends that need to be addressed. In the meantime, however, the two seem to be proceeding as normal, at least behind the scenes. While Fitbit will most likely continue to operate as it is now, there might be some changes afoot in the way it does business. That may include a cheaper subscription tier that may also be Google's way to monetize the data the fitness tracker giant will be able to gather.

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Fitbit just rolled out some seriously useful health features

Fitbit just rolled out some seriously useful health features

Fitbit today announced a new collection of features that will be rolling out to users over the course of the month. Chief among these new features is expanded access for free users to Fitbit's Health Metrics dashboard. After launching last year on the Sense and Versa 3, soon Fitbit says that Versa 2, Inspire 2, and Charge 4 users will get that functionality as well.

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Google’s Fitbit buyout closes as execs try to tamp down privacy fears

Google’s Fitbit buyout closes as execs try to tamp down privacy fears

Way back in November 2019, Google announced its intention to acquire Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. The acquisition has clear benefits for Google, as bringing Fitbit under the Google umbrella could help the company build out Wear OS in a big way, but the proposed acquisition was met with a significant amount of resistance from regulators and advocacy groups alike. Fast forward to today and Google's acquisition of Fitbit is complete, but not without some hefty promises made on the part of Google.

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Google Fitbit acquisition could be blocked in Australia

Google Fitbit acquisition could be blocked in Australia

It has been more than a year since Google announced its intention to acquire Fitbit and it has not been a smooth ride for either company. It recently overcame one major hurdle when the European Commission finally gave its approval after much negotiations and concessions on Google's part. The deal, however, still has to be approved in the US but even if gets the FTC's and DOJ's green light, it might still face some substantial fines if it goes through the acquisition without Australia's approval.

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Google Fitbit takeover gets EU approval – but there’s a catch

Google Fitbit takeover gets EU approval – but there’s a catch

Way back in November of 2019, Google announced its intention to purchase Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. For a company as big as Google, any kind of acquisition is going to come under some pretty intense regulatory scrutiny, especially when the subject of its acquisition is a name as big as Fitbit. Fast forward 13 months later, and it looks like Google is about to get the regulatory approval it was looking for in the EU.

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Fitbit tells some Sense owners to return watch over ECG issue

Fitbit tells some Sense owners to return watch over ECG issue

Fitbit Sense, the company's wearable with advanced health-tracking features like ECG and SpO2, is the subject of a new email advising some owners to return their watches for a replacement. The reason, according to Fitbit, is a hardware issue that may affect the device's functionality, necessitating a replacement with a fully-functional unit.

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Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

The acquisition deal might still be incomplete but Google and Fitbit are already bridging the gap between the two's distinct wearable platforms. No, Fitbit still has its own operating system but this latest update to version 5.1 puts at least two of its smartwatches closer to Google's Wear OS. Going beyond Amazon Alexa, Fitbit is now opening the Sense's and Versa 3's doors to Google Assistant while also adding more health monitoring features that make the smartwatches even better than before.

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Fitness tracker data may predict COVID-19 better than symptoms alone

Fitness tracker data may predict COVID-19 better than symptoms alone

When it comes to potential COVID-19 cases, doctors generally ask whether the patient was in contact with someone known to have the disease, what symptoms they're experiencing, and -- when possible -- they collect a nasal swab to test for the virus. Unfortunately, many people still struggle to get access to testing, which leaves doctors to evaluate potential cases based on symptoms alone -- and that's where fitness tracker data may prove useful.

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Google Fitbit acquisition could soon be cleared in the EU

Google Fitbit acquisition could soon be cleared in the EU

News about business acquisitions often makes it sound like things are over once the ink has dried. Reality is, however, far more complicated, especially when a company from one continent is acquiring a company from another continent with different laws and concerns. That is the situation that Google has found itself in when it announced it would acquiring Fitbit last year, a deal that has yet to be closed, presuming the EU gives its approval before 2020 is over.

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Fitbit: No OS 5.0 update for these older models

Fitbit: No OS 5.0 update for these older models

Fitbit may have released its latest Sense and Versa 3 wearables recently, but owners with older models like the Versa 2 and Ionic will be out of luck when it comes to the newest Fitbit OS 5.0. The updated software brings with it a new UI, updated navigation with swipe gesture support, and various usability improvements intended to make controlling the smartwatches easier to use while working out.

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