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Tech & Science There's nothing that compares to the Apple Watch, but I'm hopeful Google's Fitbit acquisition will change that

21:10  03 november  2019
21:10  03 november  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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With Google ’ s acquisition of Fitbit for $US2.1 billion on Friday, there ’ s perhaps a glimmer of hope for smartwatches and the Google ecosystem. If any company that’s not Apple can deliver those appealing Apple Watch features to a Google -powered smartwatch, it’s most likely Fitbit .

I just searched " Google watch saves life," and all the results are about Apple Watches (supposedly) saving lives. The closest thing Android users have is Samsung' s smartwatches Indeed, a search for "Fitibit saves life" reveals actual results related to Fitbit smartwatches (again, supposedly) saving lives.

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  • There's little doubt that the Apple Watch is more appealing than most smartwatches, whether they run Google's Wear OS or their own operating systems like Fitbit'sFitbit OS.
  • Apple Watches are appealing for their design, deep integration with the Apple ecosystem, and health and fitness monitoring features.
  • Most smartwatches running on Google's Wear OS lack the comprehensive health and fitness monitoring features of the Apple Watch.
  • Fitbit's smartwatches lack a high-end design and deep integration with any ecosystem.
  • Together, Google and Fitbit could actually create a viable competitor to the Apple Watch. But it's still unclear what smartwatches will be like with the two companies under one proverbial roof.
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I just searched "Google watch saves life," and all the results are about Apple Watches (supposedly) saving lives. There's no mention of "Apple" in my search term.

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One way a guardian can change a child's smartwatch settings remotely is by sending a text message to the device. But to prevent strangers from changing the settings, a SEE ALSO: There ' s nothing that compares to the Apple Watch , but I ' m hopeful Google ' s Fitbit acquisition will change that .

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I'm an Android user and fairly entrenched in the Google ecosystem, but I want in on the Apple Watch's passive heart and health monitoring features that can give you some information about your health without actively being into fitness and tracking.

Google's Wear OS smartwatches don't have anything close to Apple's health monitoring features. The closest thing Android users have is Samsung's smartwatches that work with Android and iPhones and have apparently saved a life, too!

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Google is hoping that Fitbit ' s technology portfolio and its engineering talent can create a better, faster, stronger Wear OS watch . That isn't the kind of acquisition that That all leads us back to the big question: what is Google ' s plan? Considering all the possibilities, and the information we have, I really

There are times you came close to death because of that damn clamp. There are times I've Apple is no better when it comes to ripping us off with expensive proprietary Watch chargers. Can your parent company help me with that? I ' m genuinely torn here, because Fitbit continues to have great new

But today, I'm specifically talking about Google and Fitbit.

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With Google's acquisition of Fitbit for $US2.1 billion on Friday, there's perhaps a glimmer of hope for smartwatches and the Google ecosystem. If any company that's not Apple can deliver those appealing Apple Watch features to a Google-powered smartwatch, it's most likely Fitbit.

Indeed, a search for "Fitibit saves life" reveals actual results related to Fitbit smartwatches (again, supposedly) saving lives.

Fitbit's smartwatches are primarily focused on fitness and health, and they have similar heart and health monitoring features to the Apple Watch. And Fitbit watches are already compatible with the Android ecosystem, as well as the Apple ecosystem.

So why don't I just get a Fitbit, then?

To be perfectly honest, I haven't tried a Fitbit recently because I'm not really interested in them. They might have the features I'm looking for, but I don't like the design of their best-looking smartwatch, the Versa 2. And I'm looking for complete integration with the Google ecosystem. Fitbit smartwatches might be compatible with the Android ecosystem, but they still run on Fitbit's own operating system, Fitbit OS.

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Then, the Apple Watch will upload its information to the Apple Health app and MobileTrack will upload the Based on what you are saying, it seems like that has changed since then. There would be no other I was wearing both my Apple watch and Fitbit One at the same time to keep my fitbit data

I have a 1st gen Apple Watch and an iphone 6. (Both appear to have latest available version of OS as of writing.) They've been working great together until (I don't believe this coincided with an update -- although Apple sneakily pushes those when I ' m not looking --, and I have not changed any settings.)

  There's nothing that compares to the Apple Watch, but I'm hopeful Google's Fitbit acquisition will change that

What Google needs to make a smartwatch as appealing as the Apple Watch is a Google version of the Apple Watch - something that looks as good as the Apple Watch, works as well, and comes with good health monitoring features.

In a perfect world, at least my perfect world, Google's resources and ecosystem combined with Fitbit's focus on health and fitness could form an actual competitor to the Apple Watch. The combination might perhaps even produce the fabled Pixel Watch.

But it's not exactly clear how the acquisition will play out over time. Will Fitbit be merged into Google's smartwatch efforts, thus creating a Google/Fitibit hybrid smartwatch that's deeply integrated into the Android ecosystem? Or will Google's resources help Fitbit on its own journey?

Google's senior vice president of devices and services Rick Osterloh makes it seem like Fitbit's differentiators could be merged into Google's Wear OS smartwatch operating system, creating the ideal solution. "Over the years, Google has made progress with partners in this space with Wear OS and Google Fit," Osterloh said in a blog post announcing the purchase. "But we see an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market ."

Meanwhile, Fitbit cofounder and CEO James Park sees Google's acquisition as an opportunity to expand Fitbit's reach. "Google is an ideal partner to advance our mission," he said. "With Google's resources and global platform, Fitbit will be able to accelerate innovation in the wearables category, scale faster, and make health even more accessible to everyone."

We'll surely learn more over time, but at least Google is making moves in the smartwatch business, and it's not letting Apple get away with smartwatch domination scot-free.

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