Google Assistant assist is coming to the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa three due to a brand new replace rolling out beginning in the present day within the US. Alongside it, Fitbit OS 5.1 additionally provides new blood oxygen monitoring options, assist for audible replies from Alexa, and enhancements to the watches’ calling and messaging options.
Each smartwatches already assist Amazon’s Alexa, however with the addition of Google Assistant Fitbit says they’re changing into the primary smartwatches to supply a built-in alternative between the 2 voice assistants. Help for Google Assistant has been on the playing cards for the reason that firm introduced the smartwatches earlier this yr. It’s unlikely that these would be the final Fitbit units to assist Google’s voice assistant, given the search big is at present within the course of of shopping for Fitbit. If you wish to swap which voice assistant you employ, Fitbit says you are able to do so from the companion app.
That doesn’t imply Fitbit is ignoring its Alexa performance, nonetheless. Fitbit OS 5.1 additionally provides the power for Alexa to audibly reply to your queries by way of the smartwatch’s speaker, slightly than simply displaying its responses onscreen.
The watches’ calling and messaging performance can also be being improved with the replace. The Fitbit Versa three and Sense can now reply calls instantly when a telephone is close by utilizing their built-in audio system and microphones. Beforehand the watches might be used to just accept or reject calls, however customers nonetheless needed to communicate into the telephone itself. Fitbit additionally says the watches will now assist voice-to-text instructions for responding to textual content messages on Android.
Lastly, the watches’ SpO2 blood oxygen monitoring is receiving some enhancements, with Fitbit saying you’ll not want to make use of a particular clock face to see blood oxygen information. Nevertheless, in the event you’re somebody that does need to get this data from a watch face, the corporate says it has new SpO2 clock faces coming to the watches by the tip of the yr.