Fitbit It has not been fully integrated into the Google ecosystem since then Google’s acquisition of $2.1 billion subordinate fitness tracker a company. But the latest news from Google shows that change is coming soon.
mentioned for the first time before 9to5Google (Opens in a new tab)Google announced in a Fitbit support page (Opens in a new tab) It will start requesting Google accounts for Fitbit devices. For new Fitbit users, this will start sometime in 2023. For existing users, the ability to switch from a Fitbit account to a Google account will start at the same time.
Google plans to continue supporting Fitbit accounts until at least 2025 – although there are some caveats. While support will continue during this time, some Fitbit features will require a Google account, which may force existing users to switch.
At the moment, we don’t know exactly what features will be locked behind Google Accounts, although Google says more information will become available as the 2023 launch date approaches.
Fitbit from Google
Currently, Fitbit users use their Fitbit account and Fitbit to manage their Fitbit fitness tracker. You can sign in to your account with your Google account as the credential, but it’s still a Fitbit account.
That’s because – for now – Google treats Fitbit as its own ecosystem. They are Fitbit-branded devices and run Fitbit apps; The Fitbit Sense 2 Alexa is even built in as a voice assistant — not the Google Assistant. While you get some Google apps like Google Maps and google walletThe operating system is Fitbit OS, no WearOS 3.
However, this update from Google indicates that this could change, if slowly. The purpose of Fitbit devices will not change; They’ll still be fitness trackers focused on health and wellness, even those with a smartwatch form factor like the Sense 2. In fact, most of the language around these changes seems to focus on improving security for Fitbit users.
In addition, with an extension google pixel watch may come in Google event for OctoberIt can be strange that there are multiple operating systems for Google smart wearables. Perhaps WearOS will be the next integration Keep track of the Google accounts that handle Fitbit accounts.
Fitbit Devices Status
Fitbits shouldn’t be confused with smartwatches, at least not quite. While there are some Fitbit devices on our list The best smart watchesThey are still mostly fitness trackers. The Fitbit Versa 3 The Sense 2 gives you some great smartwatch features like contactless payment and a built-in voice assistant, but the fitness tracking features are Fitbit’s selling point.
Even a basic level Fitbit, $99 Fitbit Inspire 3 It provides a lot of value for those looking to start tracking their daily activities. For less than $100, users get some useful health metrics, automatic exercise tracking, and surprisingly accurate sleep tracking statistics.
That is why it is currently number two on our list The best fitness trackers Despite the budget price point. No, it won’t cut it for those looking for a file Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 A competitor, but if you’re just trying to improve FitnessFitbit is still a great option.