Pixel Watch will get Fitbit Premium's sleep profile feature

Pixel Watch will get Fitbit Premium’s sleep profile feature

Fitbit Premium Sleep Profile categorizes your sleeping habits based on one of six cartoon animals. The feature tracks 10 sleep-related metrics so users can get an overview of how their routines are affecting their sleep and find areas where they can improve. Given that the Pixel Watch already tracked the majority of these sleep metrics, it was odd that it was originally reserved for Fitbit devices.

Another advantage: normally, you need to log 14 nights of sleep in a month to get a sleep profile on the first day of the following month. But, if you logged 14 nights of sleep in October, Google says you should see your Pixel Watch sleep profile on November 22 instead of waiting until December 1.

The Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 will also get Google Wallet starting today. Google Maps is still “coming soon”.
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Meanwhile, Fitbit promised Google Wallet and Google Maps would come to Sense 2 and Versa 4 back in august. What he didn’t say was that previously available smartwatch features would disappear from both devices, including Google Assistant and third-party apps. This resulted in two watches that somehow offered less than their predecessors.

Along with Google Wallet, Sense 2 and Versa 4 will give users more options when it comes to contactless payments, a feature common to modern smartwatches. Fitbit Pay has been around for a while, but Google Wallet has better integration with Android phones and is more widely accepted. This takes away at least some of the sting of the other missing smart features.

Ultimately, these are two minor fixes. Google Maps is still missing from the Sense 2 and Versa 4, as are third-party apps and Google Assistant. Pixel Watch’s sleep tracking has improved, but you still don’t get SpO2 percentages, and bedtime mode still has to be manually activated at night. The most encouraging takeaways are that Google is taking less time to deliver long-promised features and that, in the case of the Pixel Watch, it’s open to improving the watch’s Fitbit integration. Google and Fitbit still have some work to do with this confusing wearable lineup, but it’s at least a small step in the right direction.

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