In a bid to extend its footprints into the smartwatch market, Google has reportedly made Wearable company, Fitbit an acquisition offer. However, the deal is still being negotiated, so details are currently unclear.
Although Google has played a part in the wearable market for years with its Wear OS operating system, it has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple Watch and Samsung. Samsung even reportedly avoided partnering with Wear OS in favour of its own Tizen operating system.
What this means: If the acquisition of Fitbit by Google comes together, Google stands a chance to position itself strongly in the wearables space, an area where the search giant has struggled despite its efforts around smartwatches and Wear OS.
Prior to this, Google has gotten support from a wide range of wearable companies including LG, Fossil, and TicWatch to run its own smartwatch on its software, however, it has not been a huge success as Google lacks the platform to upgrade it in line with what the market wants.
Fitbit, on the other hand, has been upgrading its smartwatch features in line with the demands of the market, therefore, Google adding Fitbit to its portfolio will help in strengthening Google’s smartwatch features.
Also, acquiring Fitbit would fit into Google’s overall hardware strategy, now that it is building its own phones and other devices.
About Fitbit: Founded in 2007, Fitbit, is an American company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company’s products include activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable technology devices that measure data such as the number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, steps climbed, and other personal metrics involved in fitness. The Fitbit smartwatch is known for offering a handful of guided exercise routines for one to automatically time them when training.
Update: Health Minister states side effects of COVID-19 vaccines
Dr. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, which he said is mild.
The minister disclosed this during the live broadcast when President Muhammadu Buhari took his vaccine shot on Saturday.
According to the Minister, the reactions are usually mild and only few people had complained of mild pain in the part of the body they got the shot.
He said, “It is not everybody that complained of reactions/side effects but few had complained of mild pain at the part of the body they got the shot.
”Usually manufacturing vaccines take not less than 4 years but this only took about 1 year, which is the reason some people are apprehensive about the vaccines. This was manufactured in the United Kingdom and has been certified.”
Ehanire, explained that the jab is painless as a narrow gauge syringe was used with a small quantity injected in the upper arm.
He added that the after-effects are mild but accompanied by little discomfort in the area that was injected.
Present at the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and other members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and journalists.
Update: President Buhari, VP Osinbajo get COVID-19 vaccine shots
President Buhari and VP Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Buhari and VP, who received his COVID-19 vaccine shot on Live TV broadcast, urged Nigerians to emulate him and do the same to curb the pandemic in the most populous black nation.
Both were administered their jabs, on Saturday morning, at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja at a ceremony broadcast live on national television.
Their inoculation followed their e-registration and filling out of their vaccination cards by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.
Vaccination of Buhari was done by Chief Personal Physician to the President, Dr Suhayb Rafindadi.
Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr Nicholas Audifferen.
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