Fitbit smartwatches are being hindered to bolster the Pixel Watch

Google bought Fitbit in 2019 for a sum of $2.1 billion in an effort to “invest more in Wear OS.” Nearly three years later, we’re finally ready to see the culmination of that purchase in the Pixel Watch, a smartwatch that combines the best of Fitbit with the best of Wear OS. But ahead of that launch, it’s looking more and more like that long-awaited device will come at the expense of dedicated Fitbit smartwatches. This is why.

the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 They are the brand’s latest smartwatches, and they hit a lot! Our sister site connectthewatts has a full and detailed Fitbit Sense 2 review that goes over its health features and more.

But digging deeper into these releases, a clear pattern emerges.

Before the public launch, we discovered several changes that Fitbit made over the previous generation. Wi-Fi support is gone. music controls and the Spotify application, also missing. Even the Google Assistant is completely missing from these devices, while Amazon Alexa is still available.

It goes even further than that, too.

In the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 reviews last week, and now with User reports from early buyers coming to light, these new Fitbit smartwatches just don’t support third-party apps or watch faces. fitbit App Gallery and the various “watch faces” in the Fitbit store are not available when using these new smartwatches. Rather, it will have more than 100 pre-installed faces and only a handful of apps as well.

While the original Sense and Versa 3, as well as some older Fitbit models, had apps like Pandora, Spotify, Starbucks, and many more third-party apps, these new models simply don’t have an app store. In fact, like android authority Featured in a recent review, you’ll find fewer than a dozen apps on these new “smart” watches.

  • Settings
  • Relax
  • Notifications
  • electrocardiogram
  • SpO2
  • alarms
  • Climate
  • Timers
  • find my phone
  • EDA scan
  • Exercise

There is also no phone call support on these new models.

And going back, the really weird change here is the lack of Google Assistant. With Fitbit under Google’s roof, that removal seems completely out of character. In a comment on a user complaint thread, a Fitbit forum moderator even says flatly that “there are no plans” to bring the Google Assistant to these new smartwatches.

Why all these changes?

Really, it all seems like a crazy decision at a glance. Fitbit appears to have hampered much of the functionality that its smartwatches did. intelligentbut looking at the big picture, the story becomes a bit clearer.

Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 ship with a new operating system design it’s a lot like Wear OS 3. Plus, at some point they’ll get apps for Google Wallet and Google Maps.

The new Fitbit OS user interface

With that in mind, it sounds like these smartwatches were designed to provide more of a separation between Fitbit’s catalog and Google’s Pixel Watch. After all, the Pixel Watch will support the same health features, just with more smart features and far less battery life. If the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 supported the same apps or features, it would be a much more difficult choice.

Making the Pixel Watch the only device with third-party apps and watch faces makes the difference that much more obvious and makes choosing a device that much easier.

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The Pixel Watch has the best of Fitbit and the best of Google too

Hopefully, this turns out to be just a growing pain as Google ranks a line of wearable devices ranging from $99 fitness trackers until $349 high-end smart watches But in the meantime, it’s certainly a shame to see Fitbit’s smartwatches pushed down, basically just to make the Pixel Watch look better.

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