Monday, November 23

Fitbit

Fitbit, Google Assistant, News, sense, Versa 3, Wearables & Gadgets

Fitbit OS 5.1 update brings Google Assistant and more to Sense, Versa 3

Fitbit has announced that a new update is rolling out for its newest Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches with some exciting new features, including the long-awaited Google Assistant support. When Fitbit launched Sense and Versa 3 earlier this year, it said that both devices would work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. However, it was promised that the Assistant's support would come later. With the release of Fitbit OS 5.1, Assistant will be available to users in the US Unfortunately for Canadians, Assistant support will arrive in the coming months. Once the Assistant is activated, users can switch from Alexa to Assistant by going to the 'Account' section of the Fitbit smartphone app, selecting their smartwatch, and then tapping ...
Apps & Games, COVID-19, Data, Exercise, Fitbit, News

Fitbit data shows large increase in stress relief activities such as meditation during COVID-19

Fitbit released a wealth of data on how people's fitness habits have changed during the pandemic and, surprise! - the number of active minutes has decreased since June 2020. However, despite that, some things have changed for the better. Although active minutes decreased, Fitbit data shows that training intensity has increased in most groups, excluding men ages 18-49. Globally, users have done more stress relieving activities like meditation, yoga, and Pilates. Specifically, meditation increased by 2,900 percent compared to last year, according to Fitbit. The increase highlights the collective need to manage stress. Additionally, Fitbit data shows that new activities have gained popularity. The company saw "surprising" increase...
Fitbit, Inspire 2, News, Versa 2, Wearables & Gadgets

Leaked renders show upcoming Fitbit ‘Sense’ watches, Versa 3

Various versions of upcoming Fitbit smartwatches have leaked online. Renders include a look at the Fitbit Versa 3, Inspire 2, and a new 'Fitbit Sense' device. While the renders, which come from WinFuture - you don't provide much information, 9to5Google point out some important things. For example, the Versa 3 and Sense ditch the physical buttons in favor of what appears to be a pressure-sensitive 'inductive' button similar to the one Fitbit uses on its charging line. Additionally, the Versa 3 includes what appear to be icons for voice, location and GPS controls, and 50M water resistance. Fitbit Sense renderings With Fitbit Versa 2, the company added Amazon Alexa integration. However, with Google in the process of acquiring F...
Fitbit, Google, News, Wearables & Gadgets

Google’s Fitbit purchase being help up by antitrust investigations

Google’s acquisition of Fitbit is being held up by a few antitrust organizations around the world. Last November, Google made the first steps towards buying the popular smartwatch and fitness tracking company for $2.1 billion USD ($2.8 billion CAD). However, the European Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission are holding up the purchase. The main concerns of the investigations revolve around reduced competition in the wearable space and the fact that Google would be gaining all of Fitbit’s user data. The European Commission’s ruling on the deal should arrive on July 20th, while Australia’s antitrust board is warning against the deal, but won’t pass judgment until August. Google told Reuters that its acqui...