Google strips extra options from older Fitbit smartwatches

    Google strips extra options from older Fitbit smartwatches

    The corporate will cease you from downloading music in March

    Fitbit smartwatches had been by no means on the identical degree as lots of their glorious Put on OS opponents and even the Apple Watch. After Google’s acquisition of the corporate, the issue simply appears to have gotten worse. For instance, the most recent two Fitbit watches, the Sense 2 and the Versa 4, not provide any type of native audio playback. Sadly, their predecessors are actually additionally totally shedding this functionality with Deezer and Pandora assist stripped.


    Google is at the moment informing prospects that it’s going to take away the choice to obtain music from Pandora and Deezer on March 31, 2023 (by way of 9to5Google). After that date, you’ll not have the ability to switch music from these providers for offline enjoyment, nor will you have the ability to entry beforehand transferred content material anymore. Two assist articles make clear that the official Deezer and Pandora apps shall be faraway from Fitbit’s third-party app retailer, that are a prerequisite for the offline performance.

    Deezer and Pandora downloads had been by no means accessible on Fitbit’s newest smartwatches, the Sense 2 and the Versa 4. Actually, these new watches don’t assist any third-party apps in any respect, which was a promoting level of their predecessors. With the elimination of the Deezer and Pandora apps from the Sense and the Versa 2 and three, the query stays whether or not different third-party apps are right here to remain, or if Google is shifting to shut third-party app assist from all of its Fitbit gadgets.

    It’s attainable that Google desires to maneuver Fitbit over to the Put on OS ecosystem within the long-term, provided that the Google Pixel Watch additionally helps a lot of the options offered by Fitbit trackers. Even when that’s the case, it’s not a fantastic transfer for patrons who’re instantly left with gadgets with fewer capabilities than what they had been promised to get. In any case, they won’t profit from newer gadgets that will presumably provide a unique resolution. Fitbits can also not be synced with computer systems, so a smartphone is now all however required for the trackers to work—and you’ll’t sync your personally owned MP3s with them anymore, both.

    In the meantime, Deezer continues to be promoting that you should use its service in your Fitbit, and it even features a free trial for Fitbit homeowners. In the event you had been to enroll with that supply proper now, you would not have the ability to stream music by your Fitbit abruptly midway by the trial. Pandora has additionally but to say the shutdown on its assist assets, too.