Top stories this week: Fitbit for abnormal heartbeats, a fitness sensor on the Pixel Watch, and more

The biggest news this week include Fitbit launching monitoring for abnormal heartbeats on a few trackers, Pixel Watch seemingly stealing Fitbit’s fitness sensor, Nothing showcasing its Android launcher, and more.

This week’s health headlines included the addition of the capability for a number of Fitbit trackers to more carefully monitor heart rhythms and notify you if you develop AFib, a frequent type of abnormal heart rhythm. Fitbit’s tracking of irregular heartbeats, which has been around for a while, is now available on nine distinct wearables.

Uneven Heart Rhythm Fitbit has chosen to refer to the alerts that users receive about potential heart issues as notifications. AFib is the most prevalent type of abnormal cardiac rhythm, affecting approximately 5 million people in the United States alone, according to John Hopkins Medicine , and over 33 million people worldwide, according to Fitbit. According to Fitbit, AFib is a severe disorder that increases a person’s risk of stroke by five times.

Other Fitbit-related news includes the discovery that the Pixel Watch appears to use the same set of health sensors as more modern Fitbit trackers after careful examination of leaks. This comprises temperature and oxygen saturation sensors, as well as the possibility of an electrocardiogram measurement.

Given that the Fitbit Luxe is $129 and the Charge 5 is $149 , employing a Fitbit sensor for the Pixel Watch could result in cost savings. That would be a wonderful synergy from the 2021 acquisition and would indicate that the Pixel Watch was still actively being developed in January of last year when the deal was finalized.

Carl Peis Nothing has been teasering its next Android phone for the past few weeks. The most recent teaser is a free Android launcher that only works with newer Galaxy and Pixel phones but gives users a sneak peek at what it would be like to use the Nothing phone(1).

Nothing is a new Android launcher that comes with a collection of distinctive wallpapers, weather and clock widgets, and ringtones. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to support the Google Discover feed, which is more ubiquitous on different OEM skins for Android.

This week, three models of Google’s Pixel Watch received clearance from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, bringing the wearable one step closer to release. The listing provides some intriguing hints about the eagerly anticipated wearable, including some information about the possible Wear OS release version.

We can only conjecture about the differences between these three models because there is currently no hard proof. Our leading hypothesis is that due to the various cellular bands required, Google may provide a distinct model in various parts of the world rather than offering many models side by side in stores. It makes sense for the Pixel Watch to do this as it has become standard procedure for Google’s Pixel phones in previous years.

According to insiders, the Pixel Watch should have cellular connectivity and a 300mAh battery, according to other stories. This places Google’s wearable in a similar class as the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Fossil Gen 6 series, which may enable it to have a battery life of between 24 and 48 hours.

It is unclear what Google’s official advice will be or whether Wear OS is undergoing any more longevity-enhancing tweaks. How rapidly the Pixel Watch can be charged, in terms of allowing customers to swiftly top-up in a pinch, is another crucial specification that is still unknown. It would seem realistic to anticipate equal charging speeds if the watch employs a Qi charging technology like Samsung and Apple do.

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