Fitbit Announces Major Software Update with Google Assistant, New Features

Yolanda Curtis
November 22, 2020

Fitbit has acknowledged its purchase by Google a year ago by finally releasing support for Google Assistant on their fitness-focused smartwatch. To provide customers more choices, Fitbit OS 5.1 is adding support for Google Assistant so that users can control their smart home devices, get updated on the news and weather, or book a restaurant or service appointments and this is even for those who don't have a Wear OS smartwatch.

Switching between both voice assistants, i.e. the Google Assistant and Alexa, is pretty simple. It's rolling out a Fitbit OS 5.1 update in the U.S. starting 19 November 2020.

Fitbit launched two new smartwatches in 2020: The high-end Sense with advanced health tracking features including ECG, stress detection and temperature tracking; and the Versa 3, a continuation of the Versa line with design upgrades and built-in Global Positioning System. The update is also bringing new blood oxygen monitoring features, Alexa audible replies, and more. Additionally, the calling and messaging functionality is also being improved with the update. It is worth noting that you can select your preferred digital assistant from within the Fitbit app.

We also expect that these will not be the last smartwatches from Fitbit to grab Google Assistant support, as Fitbit is Google's company now.

Before this Fitbit OS 5.1 update, both the smartwatches would only show the options to accept or reject calls.

With the introduction of Google Assistant to these devices, Android users would now be able to dictate replies to SMS text messages on their wrists, as well as being able to use the speaker and microphone to make or answer calls via Bluetooth. With the new update, readings can be taken automatically overnight irrespective of the watchface you are using.

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