In a lot of ways, Fitbit's wearables are the best option for Android-compatible smartwatches. That's probably why Google straight-up bought the company, and is folding its fitness tracking smarts into Wear OS later this year. But Fitbit continues to support its existing home-grown products with software updates. It just happens that the latest one also ties it in even closer with Google's ecosystem.
Earlier today, Fitbit announced the Luxe, its newest tracker designed to bring a touch of fashion to your workouts, but you don't have to wait until it launches to start getting in shape. If you're looking for a more traditional form factor, the flagship Sense wearable is the gadget for you. It's filled with all sorts of sensors to help you keep track of your health, and you can grab one from Amazon today for just $249 — $80 off its usual price point.
Fitbit has been expanding the range of its tracking sensors since well before its acquisition by Google. Just last month, the company added support for monitoring blood oxygen saturation and skin temperature to the Charge 4, but now it's looking to expand beyond surface-level information. In an effort to combat high blood pressure, Fitbit is launching a study to determine if its devices can track changes in your heart, right from your wrist.
Fitness tracking is one of the main reasons people love smartwatches, and Fitbit's offerings excel at it. Right now, Amazon has two of the company's watches on sale, including its newest watch, the Fitbit Sense. It has special health monitoring sensors, long battery life, Google Assistant integration, and it's just $259.95 at the moment — $70 off.
In the era before modern smartwatches, Fitbit's name became synonymous with wearable fitness trackers. Full-fledged smartwatches have become the norm as consumers have demanded more and more from wearables, and Fitbit stepped in with the Ionic and Versa smartwatches a few years ago. I had high hopes that Fitbit would continue to improve and provide Android users a viable alternative to the increasingly frustrating Wear OS experience, but the Sense has some of the same shortcomings and bugs I remember from the Ionic. The Sense also has its own raft of new glitches that I find equally annoying.
One of the primary purposes for smartwatches is to keep track of fitness, something Fitbit's offerings have always excelled at. Right now, two of the company's newest offerings are on sale, including $50 off the top-of-the-line Fitbit Sense and $30 off the Versa 3 model from a variety of online retailers.
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. The update will roll out to the two health trackers starting today, and it packs a few more things on top of the Assistant: Automatic SpO2 readings at night without the dedicated watchface, new SpO2 clockfaces, audible Alexa replies, and more.
Confirming an earlier teardown and statements from Fitbit around launch time, Google is continuing to assure us that Assistant is coming to recent Fitbit wearables "this winter." Fitbit's latest Sense and Versa 3 will be both be supported, bringing the convenience of Google's hands-free smart digital assistant to your wrist without the overhead of Wear OS.
Fitbit makes some of the most useful fitness-focused wearables these days. The company unveiled its new Sense smartwatch in August with the world's first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor for detecting stress levels, and compatibility with a new ECG app that could even help users avoid strokes by alerting them to irregular heart rhythms. At least, it would, but at the time Fitbit was still waiting on FDA approval for that functionality. Now the feature is becoming available as the new ECG app rolls out to users.