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The latest version of Charge 6 serves as evidence that Google is capable of enhancing Fitbit, rather than destroying it.


Fitbit Charge 6 Lifestyle Cycling Hazel Sport

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Opinion post by
Rita El Khoury

When Google unveiled the Versa 4 and Sense 2 last year, we were puzzled. These were the first Fitbit devices created under Google’s direction, but instead of making significant progress, the company seemed to have taken a few steps backwards with both models.

The decision to remove Google Assistant and only keep Alexa on the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 was confusing. The lack of Wi-Fi access, third-party apps, and music controls were major downgrades from the previous generation. It was speculated that this move was to promote the upcoming Pixel Watch, but this did not justify the negative impact on Fitbit’s line-up. Those who desired additional smart features but also wanted a longer battery life were left without options.