For people who aren't closely following mobile and fitness trackers, the phrase "Fitbit" has become a term for any device that does not wear Apple that you monitor. After all, the company has been doing its thing since 2007, when the space was much less crowded. However, this week, Google dropped $ 2.1 billion to buy Fitbit in hopes of boosting its Wear OS platform.
Until now, we used to buy other companies from Google. In fact, in January, it bought another smartwatch-related company from Fossil for $ 40 million. The Fitbit market is huge. Millions of users trust Fitbit with data on their health, including sensitive topics such as menstrual cycles. Now, this data is transferred to Google. However, Fitbit specifically called for the idea that the health data customers provided would not help the ads target. At least for now.
What does this mean for Fitbit users? It's hard to say right now, but it seems like everything should be work as usual for a while. Fitbit just announced some new material a few months ago and started rolling out its subscription support service and they are still showing up regularly.
Google bought the smart Nest thermostat in 2014 and we are really seeing the full results of this acquisition right now. In 2019, Google moved many of its home products under the Nest brand. It also changed the way third-party products were integrated into the smart home platform, which caused some problems with devices that were previously operating as expected.
If you're thinking of buying a new Fitbit, you might still be okay to do so. If you are currently using a Fitbit and you are not sure where your health data is going, see the Fitbit statement for more details and then decide for yourself.
If you're thinking of getting an Apple Watch during all of this, I still recommend the Series 3 because you can get it cheap enough and it doesn't have ECG sensors in it, which take it from being a fun and useful gadget to a scary and serious medical device.
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