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Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

The acquisition deal might still be incomplete but Google and Fitbit are already bridging the gap between the two's distinct wearable platforms. No, Fitbit still has its own operating system but this latest update to version 5.1 puts at least two of its smartwatches closer to Google's Wear OS. Going beyond Amazon Alexa, Fitbit is now opening the Sense's and Versa 3's doors to Google Assistant while also adding more health monitoring features that make the smartwatches even better than before.

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Fitness tracker data may predict COVID-19 better than symptoms alone

Fitness tracker data may predict COVID-19 better than symptoms alone

When it comes to potential COVID-19 cases, doctors generally ask whether the patient was in contact with someone known to have the disease, what symptoms they're experiencing, and -- when possible -- they collect a nasal swab to test for the virus. Unfortunately, many people still struggle to get access to testing, which leaves doctors to evaluate potential cases based on symptoms alone -- and that's where fitness tracker data may prove useful.

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Google Fitbit acquisition could soon be cleared in the EU

Google Fitbit acquisition could soon be cleared in the EU

News about business acquisitions often makes it sound like things are over once the ink has dried. Reality is, however, far more complicated, especially when a company from one continent is acquiring a company from another continent with different laws and concerns. That is the situation that Google has found itself in when it announced it would acquiring Fitbit last year, a deal that has yet to be closed, presuming the EU gives its approval before 2020 is over.

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Fitbit: No OS 5.0 update for these older models

Fitbit: No OS 5.0 update for these older models

Fitbit may have released its latest Sense and Versa 3 wearables recently, but owners with older models like the Versa 2 and Ionic will be out of luck when it comes to the newest Fitbit OS 5.0. The updated software brings with it a new UI, updated navigation with swipe gesture support, and various usability improvements intended to make controlling the smartwatches easier to use while working out.

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Fitbit ECG app cleared by FDA for heart health self-assessment

Fitbit ECG app cleared by FDA for heart health self-assessment

Today Fitbit was announced to gain FDA clearance for their new ECG app. Fitbit also received a CE mark in the European Union for their ECG app. This app will work with the Fitbit Sense, a wrist-bound smart fitness device that looks a lot like a watch but provides fitness tracking and health features aplenty.

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Fitbit SpO2 watch face makes it easier to track blood oxygenation

Fitbit SpO2 watch face makes it easier to track blood oxygenation

While almost all of us know how oxygen is vital to life, few probably realize that the oxygen is actually distributed throughout our body via our blood. In addition to metrics like heart rate or even ECG, blood oxygen saturation has become one of the easiest ways to detect abnormalities in our bodies. Fitbit is now making that even easier with a new "Signature" SpO2 clock face designed exactly for that purpose.

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Rebble Alliance unveils grants to breathe new life into old Pebble watches

Rebble Alliance unveils grants to breathe new life into old Pebble watches

Remember the Pebble smartwatch? Despite being officially discontinued and several years old at this point, there are still some diehard fans out there keeping the hardware alive, and a team called Rebble Alliance plays an important part in this. Whereas the web services for Pebble watches used to come from Pebble Technology Corp., they now come (unofficially) from Rebble, which has announced a new initiative called Rebble Grants.

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Fitbit Versa 3 and Inspire 2 update fitness wearables with new tracking

Fitbit Versa 3 and Inspire 2 update fitness wearables with new tracking

Fitbit's Sense isn't the only new wearable from the company, with the Versa 3 and Inspire 2 upgrading its popular smartwatch and tracker lines. Both offer 24/7 heart rate tracking and a variety of fitness and mindfulness options, all logged through the Fitbit app.

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Fitbit Sense packs ECG and stress sensors in sleek smartwatch

Fitbit Sense packs ECG and stress sensors in sleek smartwatch

There's a new smartwatch in town, and the Fitbit Sense is aiming to coax the Apple Watch off your wrist so that a new, stress-monitoring alternative can take its place. Sharing Fitbit's new style language with the Fitbit Versa 3 - also being freshly announced today - the new Sense packs an EDA sensor with which the company says it can track the body's stress response, along with ECG, SpO2, and skin temperature sensors.

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Fitbit Sense with ECG appears in leaked renders with Versa 3, Inspire 2

Fitbit Sense with ECG appears in leaked renders with Versa 3, Inspire 2

It may be meeting some resistance with its acquisition by Google but Fitbit's name still resounds in the wearable market, especially when it comes to fitness trackers. Of course, the Apple Watch is quickly becoming the go-to when it comes to health features and Samsung is close to catching up. Naturally, Fitbit is scrambling to make up for lost time and this leaked Fitbit Sense might be its answer to the challenge of its rivals.

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Google promises Fitbit data won’t be used for advertising

Google promises Fitbit data won’t be used for advertising

It has been more than half a year since Google announced its plans to acquire popular wearable brand Fitbit but that deal may be in danger of falling through. That is if privacy advocates have their way and convince the European Commission of the risks that this deal would entail. Although it may not have been legally or technically required to do, Google is pledging to exclude Fitbit data from any advertising purpose in order to get on the Commission's good graces.

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Fitbit Charge 4 wearable update adds Dynamic GPS and Smart Wake alarm

Fitbit Charge 4 wearable update adds Dynamic GPS and Smart Wake alarm

Fitbit has released an update for its Charge 4 smartwatch, adding new features that improve its usefulness as a wake-up device while also improving battery life. The changes arrive in update v1.96.29. With this, users will be able to get their watch to wake them up at the ideal time, avoiding alarms that go off during deep sleep. As well, GPS usage has been improved to preserve battery life.

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