Google?s?announcement?of its acquisition of Fitbit was taken to be a good sign
for Google?s not-so-exciting Wear OS and the absence of any hardware from the
Mountain View-based tech giant. Now, it seems like that Fitbit hardware will
also soon grace Google?s ubiquitous?Assistant.
According to new evidence uncovered by9To5Google
[https://9to5google.com/2020/06/11/google-assistant-fitbit-support/#:~:text=Fitbit%20app%20reveals%20work%20on%20Google%20Assistant%20support%2C%20presumably%20for%20Versa%202&text=In%20November%2C%20Google%20framed%20its,or%20announce%20any%20joint%20plans.] within the Fitbit Android application, suggests that Google Assistant will soon
be making its way to Fitbit devices. The code implementation is very similar to
that of Amazon Alexa on the Fitbit Versa 2.
With Alexa on the Versa 2, users could make use of the microphone to talk to
their watch to control smart home devices or ask for information like the
weather. Interestingly, according to a report byWired UK
earlier reached out to Google about making the Assistant available on the Fitbit
Versa 2. But according to the report, Google was ?less willing than Amazon to
make this happen?.
At the moment it?s not clear whether the Google Assistant will be made available
on the Fitbit Versa 2 or an upcoming Fitbit device. But the application does
suggest that Google Assistant won?t be replacing Amazon Alexa. Instead, that
choice will be left to the user and they would be able to decide which assistant
In terms of functionality, the Google Assistant might not differ a lot from
Alexa since there?s only so much you can do with a voice assistant on a watch
without a speaker (Versa 2). But support for Google Assistant will bring support
for smart home devices that were not necessarily supported by Alexa.
Since this piece of information comes from the code of the application, there?s
no information on when we can expect this new integration to be announced.
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