Tech giant Google had paid a whopping $2.1 billion to acquire fitness tracking company, Fitbit. Now, after the announcement at the Google I/O 2022 event, we know that the Pixel Watch will officially launch in the latter part of 2022. The Pixel Watch will come with a fully integrated Fitbit experience. It appears that Fitbit and Google Fit, however, will only coexist.
The soon-to-be-released Google Pixel Watch will have Fitbit integration. The smartwatch will ship with Fitbit as its health suite. This essentially means that the smartwatch will sport all software features that Fitbit supports, including sleep tracking, heart rate tracking, and active minutes, to name a few. James Park, the founder of Fitbit, answered several questions in an interview with CNET. Park answered many questions regarding the company’s first attempt at providing its health software for hardware without the Fitbit stamp.
Considering the fact that Fitbit has the same goals as Google Fit, there have been questions about what would happen next. Google Fit has been the default health suite on Wear OS until now. Now that the Fitbit health suite is to be integrated, there arose several questions. According to Park, the tech giant has no immediate plans to shelve Google Fit.
I think for now, Google Fit and the Fitbit app are just going to continue as is — I don’t think we want to interrupt the experience for either set of users. Both user groups, which are fairly substantial, like the app they are using for a variety of reasons. For now, we don’t see any reason to change that.