In many ways, Fitbit wearables are the best choice for Android-compatible smartwatches.
This may be the reason why Google directly acquired the company and introduced its fitness tracking intelligence to Wear OS later this year. But Fitbit continues to support its existing local products through software updates. As it happens, the latter also connects you more closely with the Google ecosystem.
According to the latest Fitbit blog post, the software update will be for Fitbits equipped with speakers (currently only Versa 3 and slightly advanced Sense) will allow the Google Assistant to respond verbally, just like on smartphones and speakers. These Fitbit models are equipped with Amazon Alexa features, but they added plain text interaction with Google Assistant at the end of last year. Don’t worry: if you don’t want the watch to talk to you, you can turn off the Google Assistant Settings Assistant. Another major user face change in Fitbit OS is a new option that allows you to change the watch face faster.
Fitbit has also introduced some long-standing practical changes outside of Google Assistant. First, it’s much easier to check blood oxygen levels; you can check them in the “Today” panel on your watch instead of using the SpO2 watch face or health indicators in your phone app. Versa 3 has now also received high and low heart rate warnings, and everyone will receive two new fitness goal celebrations.
Apple Watch users may be familiar with an update-you can now switch between watch faces by long-pressing the watch and choosing one of the five watch faces. This is useful if you want to switch to an exercise-focused face after a full day of work or want to use a simpler watch on weekends.
After updating to the latest firmware, pressing and holding the main watch face will take you to the Watches app, where you can quickly switch between watch faces loaded on your watch.
It’s not as fast as Wear OS or Samsung’s Tizen-based implementation, but if you change the watch face frequently, it should save a few seconds. Other minor changes include the inclusion of SpO2 readings in the Today panel for Sense owners, new notifications for high and low heart rate readings on Versa 3 and later, and new wrist celebrations for fitness goals. Oh, now there is Ace 3’s Minion band. that’s terrible.