Fitbit has introduced that it’ll add assist for logging in with a Google account in 2023. The transfer comes after Fitbit joined the Google household of firms in January 2021 by way of an acquisition that was valued in at $2.1 billion (roughly Rs. 17,000 crore). Fitbit’s newest units, together with the Sense 2 and Versa 4, had been launched with “Fitbit by Google” branding, and an working system similar to Google’s Put on OS 3 for its Pixel watch. Signing as much as arrange new Fitbit units would require utilizing a Google account from subsequent 12 months, in keeping with Fitbit.
For the time being, Fitbit continues to offer its services and products “individually from Google” and a Fitbit account is required to make use of the app and units, in keeping with Fitbit’s Help Page. Fitbit presently manages its personal login system with two-factor authentication (2FA) that utilises provider SMS for verification.
As soon as the change is launched in 2023, “some makes use of of Fitbit would require a Google account, together with to join Fitbit or activate newly launched Fitbit units and options,” as per the corporate’s assist web page. Non-Google Fitbit account customers can be allowed to proceed utilizing their accounts in the identical method till 2025.
The European Fee, which authorised Google’s takeover of Fitbit, underneath the EU Merger Regulation, mandates Google’s full compliance with the “binding commitments” package deal that features making certain that consumer well being and wellness information usually are not getting used for Google Adverts, and sustaining entry to consumer well being and health information to software program purposes by way of the Fitbit Net API, with out further fees or downgrading of customers expertise on third-party wrist-worn units. The length of this mandated dedication presently stands at ten years, after which the fee could select to increase the dedication for an extra ten years.