Fitbit's Global Positioning System smartwatch reportedly won't launch until the fall

Production mishaps at Fitbit; shares down 2.8%

According to sources speaking with Yahoo Finance, Fitbit's smartwatch was initially launching this spring, but GPS problems due to antenna positioning in a few prototypes delayed production to the fall. Note the plural. Two of the device's key expected features reportedly ran into brick walls during production, causing makers to get back to the blueprints.

Also, the company's design teams are said to be having issues with making the smartwatch fully waterproof. "In one of the more final prototypes, the Global Positioning System wasn't working because the antennae wasn't in the right place", Yahoo's source said. If it isn't waterproof, critics may perceive it to be an inferior product to Apple's - especially given that the device will launch roughly a year after the Apple Watch Series 2. The wireless buds are planned to be worn over the neck and will come in two colors, named "Nightfall Blue" and "Lunar Gray". "It's literally sink or swim time for them".

Fitbit did not immediately respond to Verge requests for comment.

The main issues - according to the report - surround the watch's Global Positioning System components and waterproofing which have forced the delay.

Interestingly, Fitbit is also gearing up to release its first ever bluetooth headphones.

According to sources Fitbit is likely come out with a feature-packed device that will include a high-res colour display, built-in Global Positioning System, heart-rate monitoring, contactless payments, on-board storage for music and four days of battery life. That design was totally bland and unappealing, which Yahoo Finance confirms after taking a peek at a presentation deck shown to Fitbit's retail partners Best Buy and Target behind closed doors. Several employees who saw the design complained about it, the source said.

It was very retro-looking with the lines and stuff - definitely not sexy.



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