Fitbit brings the Google Assistant in a new firmware update

We’re still waiting for the final details of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, but for owners of the latter’s newer devices, they’ll get a preview of life with the former. The latest firmware update for Fitbit, OS 5.1, will bring the Google Assistant to Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3. This means that users will now have the option of using the Google Assistant or Alexa. The update also offers more ways to track your blood oxygen level for devices that support that health metric.

The new firmware update will bring several new things to your Fitbit device, but more specifically for the newer devices that they released like Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3. Tracking blood oxygen level or Sp02 has been very popular in smart watches and the newest fitness bands and with this update, you’ll be able to do it even when you’re sleeping. You can also see your trends and levels without a specific Sp02 watch face. But there are also new Sp02 watch faces available if you prefer to see your levels at a glance.

But the main novelty of the OS 5.1 update is that you can now use the Google Assistant for compatible Fitbit devices. You can choose that or Amazon’s Alexa as your digital assistant of choice. You can do things with your Google Assistant, like check the weather, start an exercise, check your sleep duration, and even control your smart home devices. However, you cannot receive news from your device, unlike Alexa, which gives you real audible responses.

The good news is that you can receive Bluetooth calls hands-free since you have a microphone and speakers on the device. You can also send incoming calls to voicemail and control the volume of your device without having to use your connected smartphone. You can also reply to text messages with voice-to-text commands if you are using an Android smartphone connected to your Fitbit device.

The Google Assistant on your Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 is now available in the US with the firmware update and will roll out in Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK later this year. year. The launch of firmware update OS 5.1 has already started.

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