Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 receive the Fitbit OS 5.1 update which will add Google Assistant support to smartwatches. The update is being rolled out in the United States and will soon be rolled out to other countries. It will now also support Alexa. Fitbit OS 5.1 also brings improvements to blood oxygen monitoring features, audible responses for Alexa users, and additions to calling features. With the update, Android Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 users will also be able to respond to text messages with voice-to-text commands.
Announcing Fitbit OS 5.1, the company said in a press release that the update will provide users with tools to help them better understand and take control of their health and well-being.
Fitbit OS 5.1 will allow premium members of Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 to track blood oxygen levels while sleeping and see their average in the Fitbit app without having to use a specific SpO2 dial. Fitbit will also have seven new blood oxygen clock faces in the app gallery by the end of the year. The company noted that its free and signature SpO2 clock face had over one million downloads from the Fitbit app gallery since its launch in September.
With Google Assistant, Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 users will be able to set alarms, start workouts, control smart home devices, get responses and more via voice commands. The answers will be visible in text format on the smartwatch. You will need to link your Google and Fitbit accounts to use the feature.
Meanwhile, Google is currently in the process of acquiring Fitbit.
Google Assistant is rolling out to Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 in the US from now on, but will expand to devices in India, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore and in the UK by the end of this year, with the English language. support only. Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 in Belgium, Canada (French), Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland will not benefit from Google support until early 2021.
Amazon Alexa on Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 is also receiving an update that will allow users to receive audible responses. Google Assistant will also receive the ability to respond audibly in the first half of 2021, according to Fitbit.
Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 users will also be able to take hands-free Bluetooth calls to voicemail and control volume without touching a phone.
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