Jawbone said to end fitness tracker sales, may sell off speaker business [u]

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Once a mainstay of both industries, Jawbone is reportedly exiting the fitness-tracking world -- at least temporarily -- as well as trying to sell off its speaker division.




The company has stopped manufacturing its UP series of wristbands and sold remaining inventory to a third-party distributor, Tech Insider said on Friday. Consumer sales were allegedly weak, forcing Jawbone to get rid of the excess units at a discount.

Jawbone's last major tracker, the UP4, launched over a year ago, but never caught on. It was perhaps the first fitness tracker to offer support for wireless payments, beating out even the Apple Watch, though UP4 wearers could only add American Express cards.

Fortune sources separately claimed that Jawbone has put its Jambox speaker business up for sale, and is working with distributors to sell off inventory. The company is allegedly hoping to concentrate on its fitness-tracking business -- but if so, it's not clear how that would mesh with Tech Insider's report.

One possibility is that Jawbone will eventually return with a new tracker. Earlier this year the company raised $165 million in funding, and CEO Hosain Rahman said he intended to use the money to make clinical-grade fitness devices.

The wearables market is now extremely crowded, with companies like Apple, Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, Samsung, and even Microsoft vying for attention. Fitbit is by far the market leader, with a 24.5 percent marketshare.

Update: According to source, Jawbone is working on a last-ditch effort to stay relevant in the wearable game, and will this summer reveal a clinical health device related to heart monitoring, The Verge reports.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    Doesn't it cease to have any products for offer if they sell both the fitness tracker and speaker business?
    edited May 2016 cornchip
  • Reply 2 of 9
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    And so it begins(already!) I see more companies exciting as they struggle to make profit.

    Fit but has almost a quarter market share, I wonder how much market share Apple Watch has in the "fitness fracker" category?
  • Reply 3 of 9
    NY1822NY1822 Posts: 621member
    ".....PERHAPS the first first fitness tracker to support wireless payments"

    "beating out even the Apple Watch"

    gotta love factually  correct articles the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend....
  • Reply 4 of 9
    florenceflorence Posts: 1member
    Having owned every Up Band - got them free because every one failed over a few months, I am not surprised. They did not innovate. Their bluetooth headphones were not bad - have most of them. And the original Jambox was not bad. I remember hearing the market valued them over $1Billion USD. Wow, how the mighty have fallen.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    TempletonTempleton Posts: 84member
    Love my watch. Can't wait for BP feature. Possible?
  • Reply 6 of 9
    TempletonTempleton Posts: 84member
    Bought mine because my expensive treadmill ( precor) which was to have the hand grip HR feature only did so standing still. Techs could not get to work and blamed on everything from wifi in house to sunspots. Watch is wonderful for so many reasons and even tells time.
    cornchip
  • Reply 7 of 9
    Doesn't it cease to have any products for offer if they sell both the fitness tracker and speaker business?
    Aren't noise-cancelling Bluetooth headsets the main thing they're known for?
  • Reply 8 of 9
    tommikeletommikele Posts: 532member
    Not the slightest bit surprising. I received an UP3 as a 2015 Christmas present. They have replaced it twice. My educated opinion is they are badly designed and poorly made. In short, barely better than junk.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 1,008member
    One down...more to come...
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