In fact, Google’s acquisition of Fitbit was really about making Wear OS better for the better. Today at I / O, Google announced a Wear OS overhaul that builds on Fitbit’s health expertise, and which essentially includes the copy of the step tracking and motivation badges that watches like Sense and Versa use today.
Fitbit CEO James Park spoke out during I / O today that Fitbit will be a central part of Wear OS and that, in the future, Fitbit’s premium smartwatches will use the platform.
Along with this, he also confirmed that some Fitbit health tracking features will be integrated into Wear, which directly includes step tracking, ground tracking, and motivation badges. Park explained:
… We strive to bring the best of Fitbit to Wear, and we’ll make some of Fitbit’s most popular features available on Wear watches, including tracking your health progress throughout the day and throughout the day. wrist celebrations to stay motivated.
A Tweeter from the official Wear OS by Google account gives us a quick overview of the revamped operating system and a user interface that is virtually identical to what is seen on Fitbit Sense and Versa 3. In the latter we can see the tracking of steps and ground tracking in the same look you get today in the “Basic Stats” section of Fitbit OS. The steps section also includes animation similar to what Fitbit does when you reach your daily step goal. It uses the same icon and everything!
What does this mean for Wear OS and Fitbit when it comes to health tracking? There are still a lot of questions about this because, in reality, we’ve only seen a glimpse of what this revamped platform will have to offer.
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