In November, after acquiring Fitbit, Google positioned it as “helping more people with wearables.” As the deal is still subject to regulatory approval, the two companies have yet to consolidate or announce any joint plans. But that seems to be changing now, and Fitbit is trying to bring Google Assistant support to its home devices.
In an update received today, the Fitbit Versa 2 supports the integration of microphones and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. You can view the weather, set the countdown, control compatible smart home devices, and more. However, these experiences require the user to press and hold the physical button of Versa 2 or swipe the user interface to enable it and do not support hot word startup. And because the watch doesn’t have speakers, it doesn’t provide audio feedback, only lets users watch and read.
Fitbit has approached Google in the hope of providing Anassistant on Versa 2, Wired UK reported. The report said Google was “less willing than Amazon” and the necessary Assistant API could not be obtained.
But now it seems That Google has changed its mind and is ready to add support for Google Assistant in the latest version of Fitbit for Android. After applying reverse compilation, the code found “Activate Assistant”, a bit like the alexa-enabled steps in Versa 2 now.
“ga_activate_assistant_general_error”, Unable to process to the group to activate assistant;/string;string
The three sets of XML files clearly mention Google Assistant and how to introduce it, as well as the welcome process.
The app string also mentions, “You can only have one active assistant at a time, and you can switch to another vendor at any time.” This selection process suggests that Amazon Alexa will stick with it, and that the voice service won’t disappear immediately when Assistant launches.