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Google to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion

Tags: google, fitbit

8 comments

  1. ubergeek
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    So, FitBits will be killed off in 18 mos-2 years then?

    So, FitBits will be killed off in 18 mos-2 years then?

    22 votes
  2. Grzmot
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    Google's aquisitions have been fairly mute in the last few years, we can probably expect a Pixel Watch in a few years based on these news. If it's going to be any good or if Google is going to...

    Google's aquisitions have been fairly mute in the last few years, we can probably expect a Pixel Watch in a few years based on these news. If it's going to be any good or if Google is going to support it... That's a different question.

    10 votes
  3. HanakoIsBestGirl
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    Ugh... I still own and use a Pebble, which Fitbit bought out a while ago. Fitbit treated the Pebble users quite well by maintaining the servers for while and keeping the apps on the stores. I'm...

    Ugh... I still own and use a Pebble, which Fitbit bought out a while ago. Fitbit treated the Pebble users quite well by maintaining the servers for while and keeping the apps on the stores. I'm not sure the same will be able to be said about Google.

    There are also the privacy concerns. I guess Pebble has the rebble.io community stuff, so I'm not sure how much data Google will have access to, but any amount is not good (interestingly, you can sign up for rebble with a google account, but I wouldn't do that). I might start using gadgetbridge.

    Google will not use health and wellness data from Fitbit for its ads, according to the announcement.

    That's just bollocks, if Google is let near data they will abuse it.

    Buying Fitbit could help Google extend its "ambient computing" hardware strategy, where the company aims to be a part of users' lives wherever they are.

    No. Who actually wants this?

    9 votes
  4. Douglas
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    This coincides really well with me trying to de-Google my life as I recently gave up on Fitbit after having gone through my third model. I'll begrudgingly tolerate planned obsolesce in some areas...

    This coincides really well with me trying to de-Google my life as I recently gave up on Fitbit after having gone through my third model.

    I'll begrudgingly tolerate planned obsolesce in some areas of my life more than others, but wearable technology I've decided isn't going to be one of them. It's too expensive and provides too little in return. Maybe when they can last more than 4-5 years like my phones have, I'll circle back-- but the last three models of Fitbits I wore broke in an eerily calculated manner within a month after their 1-year warranties had expired.

    5 votes
  5. bilbodwyer
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    Disappointing, because this probably means the end of another form of wearable that doesn't require daily charging.

    Disappointing, because this probably means the end of another form of wearable that doesn't require daily charging.

    3 votes
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    cancycou
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    When Moto 360 first came out, I was so excited. But after using it for a few months, I decided that a mechanical or high end quartz watches are better for me. Watches actually become my hobby now....

    When Moto 360 first came out, I was so excited. But after using it for a few months, I decided that a mechanical or high end quartz watches are better for me. Watches actually become my hobby now. I love my Seikos and Citizens.

    I don't think wearable is for me right now.

    2 votes
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      hoytschermerhorn
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      I casually collect watches (sub $700 range, nothing crazy), but have recently fell in love with a 1980s Casio A168WA. Waterproof, backlit, and a battery that lasts forever. It’s become my daily...

      I casually collect watches (sub $700 range, nothing crazy), but have recently fell in love with a 1980s Casio A168WA. Waterproof, backlit, and a battery that lasts forever. It’s become my daily driver because of how simple/useful it is, despite it’s arguably the most basic out of everything I own. If you’re also a watch guy I recommend checking it out.

      1. cancycou
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        I do know that one :D But I wanted something a little bigger, so I bought the newer W217h

        I do know that one :D

        But I wanted something a little bigger, so I bought the newer W217h