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Midweek deals: Discounted fitness trackers, smart plugs, and Bluetooth audio accessories

Hey all! Happy Wednesday. As usual, we've got some deals for you. Today, you'll find discounts on Fitbit fitness trackers for both adults and kids, plus some really cheap Wi-Fi-connected smart plugs and a couple of Bluetooth audio accessories.

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Fitbit introduces new Inspire ($70) and Inspire HR ($100), Versa Lite ($160), and Ace 2 for kids ($70)

After a couple of months of speculation, the new Fitbit Versa has landed and it is indeed a Lite version of the original. But it's not the only tracker the company is announcing today. Joining it is an updated Ace 2 for kids as well as a new Inspire and Inspire HR that aim to replace the Alta line-up but also merge some features from the older Fitbit Zip and One. Fitbit also announced an upcoming update to its app as well as a new rewards program.

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[Update: Could be the Versa Lite] Alleged Fitbit Versa 2 leaks in silver, rose pink, purple, and cyan

Fitbit launched the Versa in March last year, and it was a better product than the company's first smartwatch. While it had a bit of an Apple Watch vibe, the Versa was a capable fitness-oriented smartwatch. We have yet to see a followup to Fitbit's first watch (the Ionic), but it looks like a Versa successor is nearing release. A new leak shows off the watch in four snazzy colors.

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FitbitOS 3.0 rolls out to Versa and Ionic with revamped Today dashboard, new apps, and more

Fitbit's smartwatch efforts got off to a slow start with the Ionic, but that device has gotten much better with updates. Meanwhile, the Versa launched with a more understated design and a lower price tag. Today, Fitbit is rolling out more improvements to its smartwatch platform with the new v3.0 update. FitbitOS 3.0 adds more stats in the Today dashboard, some new fitness-oriented app tie-ins, and additional exercise goals.

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Best Buy has discounted the Fitbit Ionic to $200 ($70 off) and the Versa to $150 ($50 off)

It's a rough time to be interested in wearables to pair with your Android phone. The updated Qualcomm Wear 3100 is still slow to appear in Wear OS devices, and Samsung's Tizen watches are very expensive with poor app support. Then there's Fitbit. These fitness-oriented smartwatches don't have as many features as the others, but they get much better battery life. You pay a bit for the name, but Best Buy has both Fitbit smartwatches discounted right now.

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Some Fitbit users report trouble syncing with Android 9 Pie

It’s reasonable to expect a few problems when updating to a new operating system, especially when your routine involves third-party apps and accessories. Given the popularity of smart devices and fitness bands, and how much we tend to rely on these devices, we trust manufacturers to maintain compatibility, but this doesn’t always happen perfectly. In the case of Fitbit, a growing number of users have begun complaining that their units will not sync with Android 9 Pie.

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The new Fitbit Charge 3 fitness tracker is almost a smartwatch

Fitbit has released two smartwatches in the last year, but it's not done with simpler fitness tracking products. It's announcing a new, more capable fitness tracker this very day. Fitbit's latest update to the Charge line blurs the line between fitness trackers and smartwatches with a better screen, notifications, and even a few apps.

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Fitbit Versa gets fashionable new knit watchbands from designer PH5

We're the Android Police, so we typically cover technology more than fashion. But sometimes the two overlap a bit, and today is one of those days. Fitbit has just revealed a new line of designer watchbands for its Versa, made by the up-and-coming PH5 label. The twist? They're all knits.

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Smartwatches and other accessories face looming threat of new Chinese-import tariffs

The world of international commerce is a complicated one, and the particular path a product takes as it evolves from raw materials, to discrete components, to a final, assembled gadget can have a big impact on what it ends up costing. Right now, shoppers in the U.S. are concerned about what impact new tariffs on Chinese imports might have on all manner of consumer goods, from cars to portable electronics. Now some newly published rulings spell out exactly what what kinds of gadgets we may be about to see become slightly more expensive.

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Six current and former Fitbit employees indicted for criminal theft of trade secrets [Update]

Fitbit succeeded in vanquishing its foe Jawbone when the latter shut down in July 2017. Now, Jawbone strikes back from beyond the grave. Federal prosecutors have secured an indictment against five former and one current Fitbit employees for illegally stealing trade secrets from Jawbone when they left the company for Fitbit.

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