Fitbit quietly added an vital function to its Cost 5 exercise trackers and it’s all about monitoring your cellphone, as a substitute of you.
The most recent firmware, model 57.20001.171.50, which arrived on Tuesday, provides the flexibility to ping your paired smartphone and make it emit a loud noise with a view to discover it. After utilizing the “discover cellphone” button, hitting the “cancel” immediate on the Fitbit Cost 5 will cease the noise.
The function isn’t new to Fitbit, however beforehand it was unique to the corporate’s smartwatches such because the Versa and Sense lineups. Naturally, using the function requires a cellphone to be paired through Bluetooth, inside shut vary of the watch, and working the Fitbit app working within the background. The discover cellphone function ought to work on any cellphone that helps Fitbit’s app.
Quietly including utility
Whereas it’s odd that, Fitbit, which is now owned by Google, did not make a giant deal concerning the Cost 5’s newfound phone-finding functionality, it’s the solely notable function on this firmware replace. Fitbit’s personal Versa smartwatch lineup is equally priced when on sale, so it’s attainable that the corporate didn’t announce the function loudly as a result of it doesn’t wish to cannibalize Versa gross sales.
Nonetheless, the function does add extra utility (nothing like discovering that misplaced iPhone) to the already value-oriented health tracker and provides those that don’t desire a full-fledged smartwatch one other solution to discover a misplaced smartphone. Fitbit additionally has the good thing about not being locked to a particular ecosystem. Samsung and Apple watches have related options, however they’re just for Samsung and Apple telephones respectively.
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