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Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches receive Google Assistant support, SpO2 upgrade and more courtesy of new software update

Fitbit's latest smartwatches have received new features with Fitbit OS 5.1. (Image source: Fitbit)
Fitbit's latest smartwatches have received new features with Fitbit OS 5.1. (Image source: Fitbit)
The Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 have received some exciting upgrades, thanks to a new software update. The update brings the Google Assistant to the two smartwatches, along with improvements to the SpO2 sensor, among other changes. Fitbit OS 5.1 is rolling out now in the US.

Fitbit only released its Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches a few months ago, but it is adding new features to them both. Fitbit already enabled their electrocardiogram (ECG) functionality in October, for example, although Fitbit has gone even further this time.

According to a press release, Fitbit OS 5.1 adds Google Assistant, and the option to allow Amazon Alexa to respond to voice commands. Additionally, the built-in speakers and microphones of both smartwatches can now be used to dictate messages or answer calls directly. It is worth noting that you can select your preferred digital assistant from within the Fitbit app.

Fitbit OS 5.1 upgrades the SpO2 sensor, too. Blood oxygen saturation levels can now be automatically measured and recorded at night without needing to have a particular clock face activated. Fitbit will also be adding seven new SpO2 clock faces dials by the end of the year. Fitbit has started issuing Fitbit OS 5.1 to the Sense and Versa 3 in the USA. The OS update will receive a global rollout, although it is unclear when that will be the case.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-11-19 (Update: 2020-11-20)
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