Back at the Google IO 2022 developer conference in May, we heard that a premium Fitbit smartwatch running Wear OS is indeed on the way – and we’ve just received a big hint that this device will launch sooner rather than later.
the team in XDA developers (opens in new tab) has been researching the latest Google Play Services app for Android, discovering a mention of the upcoming wearable. If prep work is being done within Google apps, that suggests the hardware is reasonably close to release.
We’ve had no official word on when the Fitbit Wear OS smartwatch might see the light of day, but considering it was announced in May, it seems likely an appearance in 2022. It could appear alongside the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro – these devices are expected to receive a major reveal in September or October.
pay and go
The code inside the Google Play Services app refers to Google Pay payments, suggesting the smartwatch will come with an NFC chip and Google Pay support – so you can pay for purchases with a swipe of the device on your wrist.
There are also some illustrations included in the app which suggest the smartwatch will feature a square screen with rounded edges. That means it might look a lot like the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 watches that are already on the market (without Wear OS).
We await more news from Google or Fitbit or both about the device – but with the Google Pixel Watch also due for its full launch before the end of the year, it looks like the last few months of 2022 could be busy for Google and its wearables.
Analysis: a work in progress
It was in November 2019 that Google announced it was buying Fitbit, and we’re still waiting to see the first fruits of that acquisition as we approach the third year anniversary of the deal.
There was a lot of legal paperwork to go through in this period, of course, but even so, Fitbit and Google seem to be in no rush to get their teams together to build something. Fitbit continues to release its smartwatches and fitness trackers without support for Wear OS or Google Fit.
It looks like the Wear OS-powered Pixel Watch will support tracking via the Fitbit app – just like Google Fit, we’re presuming. There have also been rumors that a dedicated Pixel Watch app will launch alongside the device to manage watch faces and various settings.
Perhaps with the upcoming Fitbit Wear OS smartwatch it will be the device that marks the true starting point of the Google and Fitbit union. As soon as something becomes official, of course you’ll hear about it here on .