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Fitbit smartwatches can now take calls and use Google Assistant

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When you’ve received a Fitbit Sense or Versa 3, you’ve gotten a number of new options to discover in your smartwatch. With the replace to Fitbit OS 5.1, you may now have the choice to make use of Google Assistant as your Fitbit’s voice assistant as a substitute of Amazon’s Alexa, which has been obtainable on the watches since launch. The replace can even permit you to take calls on the watch when your cellphone is close by, dictate textual content replies out of your wrist (Android solely) and entry extra well being information when you sleep. 

The replace to OS 5.1 comes only a month after its final software program replace, which activated the built-in electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) on the Fitbit Sense within the US, some European nations and Hong Kong. 

Fitbit launched two new smartwatches in 2020: The high-end Sense with superior well being monitoring options together with ECG, stress detection and temperature monitoring; and the Versa 3, a continuation of the Versa line with design upgrades and built-in GPS. 

Here is every part else that is included within the replace:

  • Blood oxygen readings will mechanically be tracked as you sleep. Beforehand this information was solely obtainable the subsequent morning in case you chosen a selected SpO2 watch face the night time earlier than. When you choose to see the readings in your wrist, there will probably be seven new SpO2 faces to select from within the App Gallery by the top of the 12 months.
  • Select between Alexa and the Google Assistant in your wrist. Swap by going to the Fitbit app and discovering the Voice Assistant possibility inside your smartwatch mannequin within the account tab. When you select the Google Assistant, you may have to log in to your Google account. 
  • Alexa will now communicate responses again to you. Beforehand, Alexa would simply show responses on the display.

The replace will begin rolling out within the US beginning Thursday, Nov. 19. Sadly, older Fitbit fashions such because the Versa 2 and Ionic will not obtain the OS 5.1 replace.

With the ability to take fast calls in your wrist and reply to messages along with your voice makes the newer Fitbits extra aggressive with the likes of the Apple Watch Sequence 6, Apple Watch SE and Galaxy Watch 3. We’ll be updating our evaluate of the Fitbit Sense as soon as we have had an opportunity to check out the brand new options.

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Lexy Savvides