Fitbit OS 5.1 Comes to Fitbit Sense and Versa 3

  • Fitbit OS 5.1 Comes to Fitbit Sense and Versa 3

Fitbit OS 5.1 Comes to Fitbit Sense and Versa 3

Following its acquisition in progress, Google already confirmed that it would add the Assistant to the latest Fitbit smartwatches, the Versa 3 and the Sense, and today, it has arrived as part of Fitbit OS 5.1. Now, with Google Assistant, they're effectively the first smartwatches to offer a native choice between the two.

Google Assistant support. Now, in addition to on-device access to Amazon Alexa, users can choose Google's voice assistant instead, at least in the U.S. More Assistant features are coming in the future, Fitbit says.

Previously, the Google Assistant support was only available on Google's WatchOS.

Don't worry about your Fitbit losing Alexa functionality, though, as Fitbit OS 5.1 includes the ability to let Alexa audibly reply to your questions. However, it may change with future Fitbit devices as the software giant is now in the process of buying Fitbit.

To toggle between which voice assistant you use, just fire up the companion app and head into settings.

With the introduction of Google Assistant to these devices, Android users would now be able to dictate replies to SMS text messages on their wrists, as well as being able to use the speaker and microphone to make or answer calls via Bluetooth. Notably, Fitbit in September had announced that the Fitbit OS 5.0 is developed exclusively for Versa 3 and Sense, and "there are no plans to bring this to older devices". Lastly, the watches' SpO2 blood oxygen tracking no longer requires a special clock face to see blood oxygen data. Additionally, Fitbit is also adding seven new SpO2 watchfaces by the end of this year.