After purchasing Fitbit in 2019, Google is moving to mandate the usage of Google accounts connected caller Fitbit devices. The institution shared the quality connected a help page, adding that it would beryllium winding down Fitbit relationship functionality by 2025. While Google is pushing its ain marque of upcoming smartwatches, there’s inactive important involvement successful Fitbit’s well-known products.
“After we motorboat Google accounts connected Fitbit successful 2023, immoderate uses of Fitbit volition necessitate a Google account, including to motion up for Fitbit oregon activate recently released Fitbit devices and features,” Fitbit said “If you person a Fitbit account, aft the motorboat of Google accounts connected Fitbit, you’ll person the enactment to determination Fitbit to your Google relationship oregon to proceed to usage your existing Fitbit devices and services with your Fitbit relationship for arsenic agelong arsenic it’s supported. Support of Fitbit accounts volition proceed until astatine slightest aboriginal 2025.”
In short, you tin usage your Fitbit without a Google relationship till 2025 if you already person one, but you’ll astir surely request 1 starting adjacent year. Google is launching a Pixel Watch soon, but Fitbits inactive connection amended features, particularly erstwhile it comes to artillery longevity. The Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2 come with six days of battery, portion the Pixel Watch is rumored to travel with conscionable 1 time of battery.
There is, of course, the question of privacy. With Google mandating Google accounts connected a Fitbit, radical who would similar to usage Fitbit but aren’t fans of Google’s data-collection practices mightiness find this off-putting. “We worked with planetary regulators connected an attack which safeguards consumers’ privateness expectations, including a bid of binding commitments that corroborate Fitbit users’ wellness and wellness information won’t beryllium utilized for Google ads and this information volition beryllium separated from different Google ads data,” Google’s Rick Osterloh said, but a person look astatine those commitments person them constricted to users successful the European Economic Area only. It’s not wholly wide if the aforesaid would use successful the U.S. and elsewhere.
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