Apple, Samsung, Fitbit Join FDA Trial for Faster Health Device Approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced the companies participating in a trial program designed to streamline government approval of health devices and software. Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Verily (an Alphabet company) are among the nine companies selected, out of over 100 that applied. The pilot program is called Pre-cert and will determine quality standards for a company's software design, validation, and maintenance. Companies that meet the new standards will become pre-certified, allowing them to submit less information to the FDA when submitting a health or medical device or app for approval. The pilot program includes site visits by FDA staff, and gathering feedback from the industry, stakeholders, and the public. The first public update on the pilot program will be shared in January 2018.
Apr 20, 2018
FitBit this week released its Versa smartwatch and said new features for the wearable will arrive as soon as next month. A software update to be made available in May will bring quick replies to people who pair their Versa with an Android device.
Aug 28, 2017
FitBit today announced the Ionic, its long-awaited smartwatch. The wearable primarily targets fitness buffs, but it includes a number of features similar to smart devices from Apple, Samsung, and others.
Aug 20, 2018
FitBit today announced the Charge 3, a fitness tracker that ups the ante thanks to a larger screen and smartwatch-like features. The Charge 3 has a heart rate monitor and tracks the rate 24/7.
Oct 13, 2017
Facebook today made it possible for Android, iOS, and web users to order food for takeout or delivery without leaving the app. The social network has partnered with a number of food delivery services, including Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, EatStreet, Slice, and Olo, as well as a handful of restaurants, including Papa John’s, Wingstop, Panera, Jack in the Box, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, Chipotle, and Five Guys.
Sep 12, 2018
Samsung today announced Samsung Health 6.0, a revitalized version of its personal health and fitness app for Samsung phones. Samsung says the app includes a new user interface, new tracking tools, and new personalization features to customize the experience.