The Garmin Fit HR fitness tracker will soon go the way of the old Fitbit Charge HR, which was abandoned as a product after the company made a splash with a fitness tracking device.
The Fitbit and its ilk are now in the process of switching over to the more efficient and well-known Garmin Connect and the company has announced that the Garmin Fitbit Fitness will be discontinued on January 1st, 2018.
In a blog post, Garmin said that Fitbit users will have until January 2nd to buy the Fitbit Connect app for Garmin devices, which is a significant upgrade over the Fitbits older Garmin Connect app.
Fitbit’s Fitbit Flex has been out of stock since July, and the Fitbills first-gen Fitbit Max has been on sale for years.
Garmin is going to make it easier for consumers to buy Fitbit products, but it may be a little early to be celebrating, as it’s still unclear what will happen with the fitness tracker.
“We’re still working on how we want to present this to our customers,” said Mike Johnson, the chief operating officer of Garmin, in a press conference.
“So the next step is to start taking a look at what our future looks like.”
While it may seem like the Garmin Connect integration was just a short-term solution, the Fitidio app has a longer-term plan.
It plans to integrate with more fitness devices, like the FitBoots.
Fitboots users can now connect to their Fitbits with a variety of different fitness apps and services, including the FitBit Fitness, FitBits, Fitbuds, and Fitbit Surge.
The new Fitbids are already available to purchase on the Fitfins website, and it’s likely that Garmin will add more Fitbit Fitbits to the store in the coming weeks.
Garmin’s Fitbio integration also means that Fitbits will eventually be able to sync their data to the Fitrio fitness tracker, which will also include fitness tracking functionality.
But the future of Fitbit devices is far from clear, and Garmin has been trying to work out a way to keep the fitness tracking platform alive.
The company recently unveiled a new fitness tracker called the Fitpad, which features an aluminum body, and a battery pack that can last for hours of continuous use.
That said, Fitbit still has a lot of catching up to do to become a serious competitor to fitness trackers like the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S2.