Following the presentation of the Google Pixel Watch, during the Google I/O 2022, there are several questions that the community asks, inherently, the future of Fitbit and the possible coexistence with Pixel Watch.
The colleagues of CNET have tried to answer all these questions, interviewing the former founder of Fitbit, as well as the current head of the Wearable division of Google, James Park (you can view the long interview here); The manager confirmed that the advent of Pixel Watch will not affect the release of new Fitbit devices on the market, but that indeed some functions of the ecosystem (such as the Premium subscription) will be an integral part of the functionality of the Google smartwatch.
Fitbit's mission is always the same and is not modified by the arrival of Pixel Watch, that is, helping people in the world healthier; The new smartwatch will be part of what is the new family of wearable Fitbit and Google devices. Different devices will therefore therefore be available in the future, with different price ranges, in order to be able to meet everyone's needs, both from the economic side and of necessity regarding the functions.
What is Fitbit's know -how will be integrated into Pixel Watch, for example with regard to continuous cardiac beat detection and sleep monitoring; The two software therefore (Wear OS and Fitbit) will integrate with each other as regards different features. All this will contribute to the aforementioned wide choice offered to customers, those who perhaps want to be able to access more advanced functions on the fitness side will choose a Fitbit device instead of Pixel Watch; Conversely, Google's smartwatch could represent an excellent Celta for those who do not want to give up advanced health and fitness functions having other priorities.
Both on Fitbit and on Wear OS, the quadrants represent one of the key aspects in the interest of users (the nourished community of third -party developers also demonstrates this), given that it is through them that we interact with your device; At the moment it is not excluded that in the future the two systems can also merge from this point of view, allowing you to use the dials of one product on the other.
The data and applications will remain separated:
Despite the integration of the two ecosystems, Park underlines that for the moment the Fitbit and Google Fit app will be kept separate, this to meet the needs and needs of the communities of the two services. Despite this, it will be possible to take advantage of Google experiences on the Wearable Fitbit and vice versa in the future.
As for user data regarding health and fitness, these will not be shared with Google advertising systems; Fitbit Premium Service users appreciate the absence of advertising, a value that will also be maintained in the future.
During the long interview, Park has on more than one occasion glissted on some topics, among these it is currently not knowing anything about the sensors present on Pixel Watch, whether they are equal to some existing Fitbit devices or not.
Another absent topic, or rather not addressed, concerns any integration with iOS, Fitbit will obviously continue to support users from the apple system, also with the products that will arrive in the future; On the other hand, it is not currently knowing if the same strategy will also be adopted for Pixel Watch, extending its compatibility to the iPhones. For all this we will probably have to wait official information from Big G, close to the launch of his new smartwatch.
In conclusion, what can be seen from the interview with Park is how Fitbit and Pixel Watch devices will not come into conflict with each other, indeed both will benefit from the respective know -how in different fields, with the aim of improving the user experience, as well as providing one Celta wider for users. We will see in the future new Fitbit devices and who knows, perhaps, other Wear OS devices A brand Google.