Fitbit either doesn’t understand Apple Watch or hopes consumers won’t; neither is good for the company

“The stock market hated Fitbit’s announcement of its new Blaze smartwatch at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, driving shares down nearly 20% to all-time lows,” Mark Rogowsky writes for Forbes. “And it’s not especially hard to see why. The Blaze, which you can buy starting in March for $199, is an ungainly competitor to the Apple Watch.”

“In announcing its own smartwatch, Fitbit directly acknowledged that Apple is competition but it appears to have shown up to a Swiss Army knife fight with a spork,” Rogowsky writes. “Fitbit CEO James Park seems to think his simpler device — which is limited to fitness tracking, heart-rate monitoring, and a few other functions — is just what the market ordered. Park told the Financial Times: ‘People have struggled with what the killer app is for smartwatches. For us it’s health and fitness. It’s really cumbersome on the Apple Watch sometimes to see what is my daily activity because they are trying to do so many things.'”

“It’s actually quite easy to check your activity on the Apple Watch,” Rogowsky writes. “The killer app for smartwatches is notifications, not fitness tracking… The Watch isn’t trying to do too many things. On the contrary, today it only does a few things well enough. That’s led to much consternation among technology writers that the Watch is somehow failing, despite more than 10 million sold already (and quite likely many more).”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Fitbit’s reaction to the Apple Watch is eerily similar to the reaction of BlackBerry, Microsoft, Nokia, Palm et al. to the iPhone.

A bit of advice for Fitbit employees: Dust off that resume.

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  1. fitbit should terminate that CEO.

    Apple has a lot of people buying their products.
    iPhone is a big seller, why would he not believe people would buy the watch. More money than sense in my opinion, but once you bought every other gadget, the watch is just one more thing.
    fitbit CEO should be concentrating on not opposing the watch, but during fitness things the watch does not do and some it does.His advertising should show apple watch people dressing to go to the gym, run, swim, and leaving that over priced, over hyped device over valued watch on the dressing table. People change clothes to go to the gym, why not watch like devices.

    69.00 – 99.00 is all he can have for his device, really 29.99 is all it’s worth, really.

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