Fitbit plans to introduce a Google account login starting in 2023; new devices must be required, and all features are included

Fitbit plans to introduce a Google account login starting in 2023; new devices must be required, and ...

Fitbit has announced that it will provide support for signing in with a Google account in 2023. The move comes after Fitbit was awarded the $2.1 billion price for its devices in January 2021, and an operating system similar to Google''s Wear OS 3 for its Pixel watch.

According to Fitbit''s Help Page, Fitbit continues to provide its products and services "separately from Google," and a Fitbit account is required to be connected to the app and devices. Fitbit currently provides a two-factor authentication (2FA) that uses carrier SMS as a verification method.

Following the introduction of the new arrangement in 2023, some uses of Fitbit will require a Google account, whether you sign up for Fitbit or activate new Fitbit devices and features, according to the company''s help page. Non-Google Fitbit account users will be permitted to continue using their accounts in the same manner until 2025.

Users of Fitbit will be required to submit their user information to Google once the transition is complete, which will provide them with access to Fitbit services subject to Google''s terms of service, privacy restrictions, and binding obligations.

The European Commission, which approved Google''s acquisition of Fitbit, requires Google''s full compliance with the binding commitments package, which includes ensuring that user health and fitness data are not being used for Google Ads, and maintaining access to user health and fitness information through the Fitbit Web API, without additional charges or downgrading of users experience on third-party wrist wear. The duration of this mandated commitment currently stands at ten years, after which the commission may prolong the commitment for an additional ten years.