Wearable gadgets are still on the decline, but that isn’t standing in the way of companies like Fitbit (NYSE:FIT). The American fitness company has held the public in suspense for some time now. Talks surrounding the gadget maker tease the arrival of the ultimate smartwatch.
When Fitbit pulled the veil off the Blaze nearly two years ago, the device was meet with a little disappointment. For all its alluring looks and charm, it is more or less an exaggerated fitness band. However, the company does have a smartwatch on the way. The new wrist device promises to be much less reliant on smartphones, yet much more useful than any fitness band out there.
The incoming Fitbit watch was only rumor until earlier this year. Not long after the firm took in Pebble back in January 2017, the company’s CEO, James Park, confirmed plans to create a smartwatch of their own. Although it seems as if the desired device is proving much harder to bring to market.
News this week suggest that Fitbit is in the midst of a few design and production issues regarding its digital wrist piece. The widely anticipated product was first expected to arrive sometime in Spring 2017. However, as that time period draws to an end with no smartwatch in sight, Fitbit is now reported to be saving its smartwatch for Fall. Those close to the company’s supply cite connectivity and waterproofing as the greatest reason behind the watch’s delay.
Watch setback rumors are rife
If rumors are anything to rely on, the incoming smartwatch is experiencing setbacks with its GPS component. In what sounds like a rather clumsy design oversight, the way in which the antenna was positioned barred the device from getting decent reception. Sources like Engadget claim that the smartwatch had to be taken back to the drawing board and re-approached.
But the setbacks don’t end there. Waterproofing is also posing problems for Fitbit. Reports now claim that the watch might arrive entirely free of any waterproofing. However, we have sense to believe that the wearable tech maker has been in this space long enough to know that the lack of any waterproofing would be a deal breaker. It would be a much poorer fitness gadget than the company’s high-end products, which sport waterproofing for added confidence.
Beyond that, no waterproofing would leave the incoming timepiece as a poor match for any leading smartwatch producer that is already on the market. Products like the Huawei Watch, Samsung Gear series and Apple Watches have all come to sport standard waterproofing. With the influence already secured by other gadget makers, if Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) broke into the market at substandard, the company’s smartwatches will have difficulty shaking that perception off with future releases. Any buyer looking to make the most of any smart-fitness watch would also be repelled by the watch’s lack of durability measures.
Expect a lot from Fitbit watch
So Fitbit clearly has a lot to chew on. Looking at the product’s other alleged features, NFC will help with mobile payments on the go. Fitbit took in Coin back in 2016 and the smartwatch would prove an ideal chance to incorporate the technology it adopted. Working with Pandora should also enable the Fitbit Watch to store its own music and media rather than depending on the nearest smart device. Lastly, Fitbit is said to be bringing out headphones unique the watch too.
The best part is the promise a battery that lasts up to four days on a single charge. That alone nearly doubles the expected life span of any Apple Watch, Gear and just about any other smartwatch out there. Fitbit won’t forget to give users the luxury of switching their watch bands either.
Much on these reports are based on rumor and expert speculation, though. We look forward to seeing how far from the truth we are come Fall, but until then, fans should take any Fitbit watch rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism.
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