Xiaomi's Mi Bands are known and loved for their incredible value, and today, the company is raising the bar yet again. It has just launched the Mi Smart Band 6 during its Mi 11 Ultra launch event, and it's quite the upgrade over its predecessor, sporting a 50% bigger display stretching across the whole front and SpO2 tracking.
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Android as an ecosystem is lacking any one de facto wearable accessory. Whereas iOS users enjoy exclusive access to the best smartwatch you can buy, we Android loyalists have to do a little research to choose from a staggering number of smartwatches and fitness trackers (and yes, iPhone owners can use these devices, too — but there's not much reason for them to).
But we here at Android Police have done the legwork for you! Here, for your convenience, is a selection of the very best wearables you can get for your Android phone.
Back in November, Google Assistant gained integration with third-party fitness trackers to natively inform you about your activity. Even though the feature was limited to sleep data and exclusive to Fitbit devices, Google is expanding it to smart displays, which can now proactively show this information.
Google's acquisition of Fitbit is now complete, according to an announcement made by the company earlier this morning. Claiming that the deal was always about Fitbit's hardware expertise and not customer data, Google says it has smoothed over regulatory concerns with a series of safeguards and commitments. However, we aren't sure if either US or Australian regulators' concerns have actually been addressed given the ongoing state of both investigations.
Google Fit doesn't receive as much attention as it should, but Google gave it a massive redesign earlier this month. The update improved sleep tracking and changed the interface to better match Google's other applications, but it seems there was at least one feature lost in the transition: advanced weight training tracking.
About a year ago, Google signed an agreement to acquire Fitbit and therefore create its own lineup of wearables. Although the deal is still pending regulatory approval, both companies have been working on joining forces and bringing their services together. Just a few days ago, Fitbit's new operating system built native Assistant integration to the company's watches, in addition to Alexa.
To further complete this process, Assistant has received a new Wellness section, which integrates with Fitbit trackers and lets you access sleep data from any assistant-compatible device.
Google Fit has been in a state of limbo for a while now. It has always lagged behind competing services from Apple, Samsung, and others, and sometimes has broke entirely. Thankfully, Google has revealed a major update to Fit today, along with a few minor new features for Wear OS.
When it comes to tracking your fitness, there's a bunch of apps you can pick from. Sadly, many have started to disappear or have been merged with those of fitness wear companies. One of these is Endomondo, which used to be one of the market leaders and has been around for years. Unfortunately, Under Armour has decided it didn't need to keep it alongside its other apps and is now shutting it down.
People who could afford Peloton have been taking up synchronous sessions on their stationary bikes and treadmills. To top it off, those who have a heart rate monitor with ANT+ support can connect it to those machines. Now, those who are using their Android TVs to partake in full-body routines can connect their HRM and tie their pulse stats with their workouts.