The fitness tracker firm which is expected to complete a takeover from Google by year-end will be bringing the voice assistant to the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 when they are upgraded to Fitbit OS 5.1, which begins its rollout today. It will now have support for Alexa as well. It's rolling out a Fitbit OS 5.1 update in the United States starting 19 November 2020. Fitbit touts that it's the first company to offer a choice between the two assistants on a smartwatch, and we're willing to believe it - Fitbit is in a special place because of the pending Google acquisition. Fitbit announced earlier this year that it would support Google Assistant. The latest features are rolling out with the version Fitbit OS 5.1, that comes almost two months after the smartwatch maker released the Fitbit OS 5.0 for the two devices. It is worth noting that you can select your preferred digital assistant from within the Fitbit app.
"As we head further into the flu season amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, keeping an eye on changes to your day-to-day health metrics is more important than ever", Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said in a prepared statement. The Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense can now answer calls directly when a phone is nearby, whereas before they could accept or reject calls, but you still had to speak into your phone. Moreover, the Amazon Alexa voice assistant is also getting improved. Blood oxygen saturation levels can now be automatically measured and recorded at night without needing to have a particular clock face activated. Additionally, Fitbit is also adding seven new SpO2 watchfaces by the end of this year.