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The Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatches’ successors are expected this year, and owing to a large number of leaked photos, we now have a better sense of what the new gadgets will look like.
The images were provided by 9to5Google, and while though the new models don’t appear to be significantly different from the previous ones, there are a few design improvements that are noteworthy. The wearables should be officially launched at any moment.
The adoption of physical buttons in place of the capacitive ones incorporated into the casing, which can assist reduce device size but are also more challenging to use on the wrist, is perhaps the most notable change.
The stainless steel electrocardiogram (ECG) ring that came with the original Fitbit Sense appears to have been more neatly integrated into the screen and case on the Fitbit Sense 2, giving it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance overall.
While minor changes under the casing may indicate the addition of additional sensors, it appears that both the Sense 2 and the Fitbit Versa 4 will continue to use magnetic chargers like their predecessors. Both wearables appear to be getting GPS and 50-meter water resistance.
These new smartwatches have been in the works for some time, but the expected spring release date never materialized. Fitbit will want to put them on sale before the crucial holiday season as they appear to be progressing through the regulatory procedure at the moment.
Analysis: no signs of Google yet
Fitbit joined the Google family back in 2019, but we haven’t seen any major signs of the partnership yet: Fitbit’s products haven’t changed significantly since then, and the Google Fit and Fitbit applications are still entirely distinct.
Wear OS is not now supported by Fitbit smartwatches, and it doesn’t appear like it will be in the future models either. Since Fitbit and Google Fit are now partners, it’s odd that you currently need a third-party app to transfer your numbers from one to the other.
We’ll have to wait and see what software tweaks might come with the arrival of the Fitbit Sense 2 and the Fitbit Versa 4. It’s possible that there will be extra support for Google Fit, or something else in terms of app integration and compatibility. Time will tell.
What is certain is that the Google Pixel Watch, which was created by Google and Fitbit, will soon be available. The release of a Fitbit Sense 3 or Fitbit Versa 5 is not a given in the near future.