Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit is crowned here, with Pixel Watch is official It comes later this year with a fully integrated Fitbit experience. What does that mean for Google Fit? We’ve been curious to find out for a while, but it seems Fitbit and Google Fit only have plans to coexist.
In an interview with people in cnetJames Park, founder of Fitbit, answered some burning questions regarding Fitbit’s first attempt to provide its health software to devices lacking in its name. In case you missed it earlier today, the Google Pixel Watch will ship with Fitbit as a health kit, complete with sleep tracking, heart rate tracking, active minutes, and more.
But the important question about this was what happens to Google Fit with the Fitbit app in the picture. After all, the two apps have the same goal, and Google Fit has run the show on Wear OS for years as the platform’s go-to health suite. Apparently, Google has no immediate plans to put Fit on the shelf, says Park.
I think for now, Google Fit and Fitbit will continue to be the same – I don’t think we want to interrupt the experience for any group of users. Both groups of users, which are fairly large, are like the app they use for several reasons. At the moment, we don’t see any reason to change that.
It’s been clear for a while that Google hasn’t quite figured out what to do with Fit and Fitbit, with products like the Nest Hub 2nd Gen and Soli-powered sleep tracker in limbo for a while as a result. But it seems, for now, that that’s the situation we’re going to stick with, for better or worse.
Park’s interview brings up some other interesting tidbits about trying the Pixel Watch with Fitbit. He said Fitbit wants to “bring as much of the benefits of Fitbit as possible to the Pixel”, and that it will “work both ways” while connecting Google services to the Fitbit experience. As far as sensors go, Park couldn’t share exactly what the Pixel Watch will offer, but the goal is to bring the most advanced sensors across the entire lineup. Previously, We noticed that it appears The Pixel Watch shares its health sensors with the Fitbit Charge 5.
You can read a file full interview For more Park’s thoughts on the Pixel Watch and how it relates to Fitbit, and our coverage for more information on the Pixel Watch itself.
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