Fitbit removing Mac/PC syncing and music transfer this year

One way you synced the very first Fitbit devices was by connecting a dock to your desktop computer and plugging in the tracker. The widespread availability of smartphones has replaced the need for that, and the old “Fitbit Connect” app is going away this year, along with local music sync.

Here are the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 with slick, refined designs [Gallery]

9to5Google reported that Fitbit is working on a pair of new smartwatches in March and two months later revealed the product names, as well some elements of the design. We now have a detailed look at the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4.

Fitbit updates Charge 5 with GPS battery drain fix and ‘Find Phone’ app, Fitbit Luxe too [U]

Fitbit is rolling out an update to the Charge 5 today to add a “Find Phone” capability that was previously exclusive to its line of smartwatches.

Google previews the Pixel Watch, coming this fall with Pixel 7 

At I/O 2022, Google finally confirmed that it’s making the Pixel Watch. That said, we only got a teaser as it’s not coming until later this year with the Pixel 7.

Garmin Vivosmart 5 is priced like Fitbit’s Charge 5, but lacks AOD and contactless payments

For the most part, smartwatches have overtaken band-style wearables that feature screens. Fitbit is the notable holdout, while Garmin today released the Vivosmart 5.

Fitbit releases ‘Your 2021 Year in Review’ with annual sleep score, steps, & more stats

Like last year, Fitbit has taken until the end of January to release a personalized “2021 Year in Review” based on your health and fitness metrics. Owners of the Google-owned wearables started receiving the email on Saturday.

Past Fitbit Premium subscribers can redeem another multi-month free trial

In recent years, Fitbit has offered a few months of free Premium when purchasing a new tracker or smartwatch. Subscribers that took advantage of that offer are now discovering that they’re eligible for another free trial.

Google Fit for iOS can measure heart & respiratory rates using just your iPhone’s cameras

At the start of this year, Google rolled out the ability to track key vitals directly on your Android device. Google Fit on iPhone has now quietly received the same ability to measure your heart and respiratory rate using just cameras.

Fitbit tests ‘Sleep Animals’ to encourage better slumber with fun, useful comparisons

The “Sleep Score” is one of Fitbit’s most alluring metrics that people like to compare and improve on. Fitbit is now testing “Sleep Animals” as a friendly but surprisingly smart way to encourage “better sleep health.” 

Nest Hub (2nd gen) update adds sleep stages & localized snore detection, tracking now free until 2023

Back in March, Google announced the 2nd-generation Nest Hub with Soli-powered sleep tracking. An update to the Sleep Sensing capability today introduces sleep stages, while it will remain free on the Nest Hub for all of next year.

Fitbit rolling out Charge 5 ECG app and Daily Readiness Score to Sense, latest trackers

Alongside sleep tracking updates for the 2nd-gen Nest Hub, Google-owned Fitbit is rolling out the Daily Readiness Score to its latest smartwatches and trackers, while the Charge 5 gets an ECG app.