Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

Fitbit adds Google Assistant support to smartwatches

The all-new Fitbit Sense The all-new Fitbit Sense
Cecil Davis | 22 November, 2020, 20:49

Industry watchers say that the update implies that both gadgets will now be able to offer Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which is already available on the Versa 2 and 3. The fitness tracker company is projected to finalize its takeover by Google within Q1 2021, will incorporate the voice assistant to the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 when they are upgraded to Fitbit OS 5.1 which rolls out today.

Switching between both voice assistants, i.e. the Google Assistant and Alexa, is pretty simple. 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. Fitbit has started issuing Fitbit OS 5.1 to the Sense and Versa 3 in the USA.

The latest software update also brings in improvements to blood oxygen (SpO2) readings on the Sense and the Versa 3.

Don't worry about your Fitbit losing Alexa functionality, though, as Fitbit OS 5.1 includes the ability to let Alexa audibly reply to your questions. You just have to head over to the companion app and change it from there.

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Besides, the watches' calling and messaging functionality is also improving.

Hands-free Bluetooth calls. Using the devices' microphone and speakers, users can now send incoming calls to voicemail and control volume without reaching for their phone.

Additionally, Fitbit has also said that with the new update, Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense would support voice-to-text commands for responding to text messages on Android. Lastly, the watches' SpO2 blood oxygen tracking no longer requires a special clock face to see blood oxygen data. With the new update, readings can be taken automatically overnight irrespective of the watchface you are using.