Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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Fitbit adds Google Assistant support to smartwatches

Fitbit adds Google Assistant support to smartwatches

Fitbit has acknowledged its purchase by Google a year ago by finally releasing support for Google Assistant on their fitness-focused smartwatch. The update brings Fitbit OS 5.1 that bundles Google Assistant support for the duo. The latest features are rolling out with the version Fitbit OS 5.1, that comes almost two months after the smartwatch maker released the Fitbit OS 5.0 for the two devices. Once you've received Fitbit OS 5.1, you can switch to the Assistant in the Fitbit app, where you'll have to enter your Google account credentials to get started.

The new update enhances the blood oxygen-monitoring (SpO2) experience and adds new on-device voice-enabled capabilities with the availability of Google Assistant, Bluetooth calling and audible replies for Alexa users. For those who prefer to see their nightly SpO2 levels at a glance on their wrist, Fitbit still has its free signature SpO2 clock face, and will offer seven additional new SpO2 clock faces in the app gallery by the end of the year. For example, Google Assistant would be unable to reply to voice prompts by the user via the built-in speaker as happens with Alexa, but this is expected to be activated in a subsequent upgrade, slated for mid-2021.

Fitbit Sense update brings Google Assistant auto SpO2 tracking and more
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A new update is now live for the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatches. Additionally, the calling and messaging functionality is also being improved with the update. Previously, the smartwatches allowed users to accept or reject calls, but they still had to speak via the smartphone to attend the phone call.

Being able to take quick calls on your wrist and respond to messages with your voice makes the newer Fitbits more competitive with the likes of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE and Galaxy Watch 3.

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