Following the acquisition of Fitbit, we haven’t seen very many Google job postings that show the acquisition’s impact on the future product roadmap for Fitbit. Recently there have been a few new positions posted related to Fitbit, and we wanted to get a sense of where things might be headed following the acquisition.
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According to a new job posting, Google is looking for senior software engineers for the Fitbit product line to help improve the music experience on Fitbits.
According to the job description,
“Our mission is to deliver industry-best music experiences on our Fitbit line of devices. We are responsible for software on device, mobile, and cloud services that provide music and audio features. We partner with audio streaming services and want to expand with more partners and richer feature sets. On this team, you will be an integral part of shipping audio experiences on future devices and projects.”
This position will be an integral part of a team that is dedicated to health and fitness.
Interestingly, the position requires experience in C programming language. If you are an experienced software engineer, it’s probably time to dust off that C programming language book by Dennis Ritchie one more time and get back into firmware development.
Other new Fitbit software and hardware-related positions currently at Google are looking for folks who can help the growth of the Fitbit Premium platform, product engineering for new Fitbit devices, develop Fitbit’s next generation of NFC Payments solutions.
Based on the few new jobs that are currently available on Google’s site, it appears that aside from new product development, Google is trying to improve the music service and related offerings, NFC Payment systems, and cloud experience for the Fitbit ecosystem.
We should also expect more features in Google Assistant’s arena and how it operates on Fitbit devices.
Current Fitbit owners can look forward to new experiences on their existing Fitbit devices and new Fitbit devices in the coming months and quarters.