Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 Get Help from Google Assistant with Fitbit OS 5.1 Update
Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 are receiving the Fitbit OS 5.1 update that will add support for the Google Assistant to smartwatches. The update is rolling out in the US and will be rolling out to more countries soon. Now it will also have support for 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 reply 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 Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 Premium members monitor their blood oxygen levels while they sleep and see their average in the Fitbit app without having to wear a specific SpO2 watch. Fitbit It will also offer seven new blood oxygen watches in the app gallery before the end of the year. The company noted that its free and exclusive SpO2 watch face has been downloaded over a million 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 using voice commands. The answers will be visible in text format on the smart watch. You will have 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 as of now, but will expand to devices in India, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK later this year in English only support. Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 in Belgium, Canada (French), Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland will receive support for Google Assistant only in early 2021.
Amazon Alexa On Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3, it is also receiving an update that will allow users to receive audible responses. The Google Assistant will also receive audible responsiveness in the first half of 2021, according to Fitbit.
Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 users will also be able to receive hands-free Bluetooth calls to voicemail and control volume without having to use a phone.