The acquisition deal may still be incomplete, but Google and Fitbit are already bridging the gap between the different carrying platforms. No, Fitbit still has its own operating system, but this latest update to version 5.1 puts at least two of its smartwatches closer to Google’s Wear OS. Coming out of Amazon Alexa, Fitbit now opens the doors of Sense and Versa 3 to Google Assistant, while adding more health monitoring features that make smartwatches even better than before.
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are definitely neck and neck in this market, but some will prefer each other, depending on the other devices they have at home. To give its customers more choice, Fitbit OS 5.1 adds support for Google Assistant so you can control your smart home devices, keep up to date with news and weather, or even book appointments for a restaurant or service, even if you don̵
Fitbit is also throwing a bone at Alexa users, albeit only temporarily. The update offers the ability to receive audio responses from Alexa right now, a feature that Fitbit says will be implemented in Google Assistant sometime in the first half of 2021.
In addition to the smart assistant features, the update also brings a new feature to the SpO2 sensor on smartwatches. Blood oxygen levels can now be measured even during sleep, and users will be able to track their levels in the Fitbit mobile app or, if they want it always available at a glance, on one of the seven new SpO2 dials coming on. later this year.
Fitbit is almost the grandfather of smart wearables, and some may have thought it was too old to compete, especially against something like the Apple Watch. However, the company still retains a large market share, especially for those who are less concerned about smartwatch applications, and this latest update to Fitbit OS 5.1 gives users more things about their devices.