Fitbit introduced a new user interface (UI) for its smartwatches with the Sense 2 and Versa 4, which is substantially equivalent to standard Wear OS 3 and, the Pixel Watch.
Fitbit OS 5.0 allows you to slide down from the clock face on the 2020 Sense and Versa 3 to view alerts, left to access the app grid, up to access health stats/widgets, and right to access fast settings.
Although Fitbit has significantly updated the basic UI, it has not yet disclosed the OS version number for future devices. Now, fast settings are accessed by swiping down, while notifications are displayed by swiping up.
The Wear OS idea of “tiles” allows you to move left or right to access information like step count, a daily summary, heart rate, sleep, and other health statistics. One may also use “tiles” to check the time.
Going left or right will reveal “tiles,” which are an intrinsic Wear OS idea that allows you to see step count, a daily summary, heart rate, sleep, and other health information as well as check the weather (which looks lovely), start timers, and begin a workout.
The Wear OS 3 interface on the Montblanc Summit 3, the only non-Samsung wearable running the latest OS, and the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 are similar. The Pixel Watch should provide the same primary swipe navigation.
The app list is another resemblance; it allows one to pin favorites at the top and display active timers next to the program item. This notion is comparable to Wear OS 3’s Ongoing Activities, which can be seen in the Recents area.
In the meanwhile, the new Fitbit OS features a variety of Material You components, with huge pill-shaped buttons being the standard. (It takes the place of rectangular, full-width buttons.) the battery % has been shifted to the bottom of the quick settings screen, similar to how Wear OS displays status symbols below.
All of this is happening before Google Maps and Wallet become available for the Sense 2 and Versa 4 later this month.
Strategically, having Fitbit align its user interface with Wear OS results in a more unified and coherent family of Google products. The true benefit of this is that Fitbit customers can upgrade to the Pixel Watch, which will have many more apps available thanks to the Play Store, without having to learn an entirely new user interface, and vice versa for those who want a fitness-focused gadget.