New Fitbit wearables have more Google services

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Although Google’s acquisition of Fitbit has cleared regulatory hurdles, there are still not many Google services or apps available on Fitbit devices. That’s starting to change with three new fitness trackers, which also have hardware changes.

First up is the Inspire 3, Fitbit’s new entry-level health tracker priced at $99.99. It still has continuous heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, a slim design, a color touchscreen, and up to 10 days of battery life on a single charge. By comparison, the previous Inspire 2 had a monochrome LED screen, and Fitbit also added an SpO2 sensor.

Fitbit also released the Versa 4 and Sense 2, updates to its high-end smartwatches. Both watches are slightly thinner and lighter, with a few Wear OS-inspired interface changes; however, they still use the usual Fitbit operating system. Google Maps and Google Wallet are “coming soon,” the latter of which will serve as a new alternative to Fitbit Pay. The premium Sense 2 adds a continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) sensor for constant stress tracking, rather than the periodic checks offered by the previous model. Fitbit will charge $229.95 for the Versa 4 and $299.95 for the Sense 2.

The new wearables arrive as Google prepares its first Wear OS smartwatch, the long-awaited Pixel Watch. It will use the same Wear OS platform as Fossil and Mobvoi smartwatches, which means more apps and services will be available compared to Fitbit wearables, but battery life will almost certainly be worse. The operating system on Fitbit devices is much more energy efficient, so it can’t be easily merged with Wear OS, leaving Google with two completely different software platforms for wearables.

Source: Google, The Verge