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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Fitbit co-founder/president & CEO James Park and Fitbit co-founder & CTO Eric Friedman speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 at Moscone Convention Center on October 04, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for TechCrunch)n

No immediate word on how the deal will impact either company, but if Google’s Nest acquisition is any indication, the acquisition could be a gradual one, as Fitbit continues to release products in its pipeline. Fitbit notably partnered with Amazon to bring Alexa to the recently released Versa 2 — a first for a wearable. With Google in charge of one of Alexa’s chief competitors, however, one expects future versions of the device will ship with Assistant on-board.n

Beyond that, the arrival of Fitbit’s IP coupled with Fossil’s IP could finally be the shot to the arm Wear OS needs. One need look no further than Google’s acquisition of a chunk of HTC’s mobile division to build out its Pixel devices as an example of how the deal could ultimately shape its hardware, moving forward. The arrival of a Pixel Watch seems inevitable, as Google looks to build a Wear OS division as robust as its home and mobile offerings.n

Notably, all have been as much the result of acquisitions (Nest and HTC, respectively) as organic, in-house growth.n

The deal is expected to close at some point next year, pending the standard regulatory and stockholder approval.n”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:”

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Google has reached into parent company Alphabet’s $121 billion cash reserves to spend $2.1 billion on Fitbit, a move into the key consumer health market that places them in more direct competition with rival Apple.n

For more than a year, Ftibit and Google have partnered on healthcare applications; last April, Fitbit announced that it would work with Google’s application programming interface to connect data with electronic medical records via Google’s Cloud Healthcare API. That move followed Fitbit’s February 2018 acquisition of Twine Health, which gave the wearables company a consumer health platform which complied with existing federal regulations.n



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