Fitbit is reportedly targeting a spring launch for Versa 4 and Sense 2 smartwatches. Supposedly, the company has made a design tweak for the physical button.
The original info on these devices came from information spotted by 9to5Google in the Fitbit app. They decompiled a vversion of the smartphone software that Google has uploaded to the Play Store back in March. This revealed lines of code that hint as to possible future features.
There codenames uncovered in app
Two mystery devices were spotted in the code with monikers “Hera” and “Rhea”, both Star Wars references. Companies often use codenames instead of the device’s real names when developing new products. Fitbit has a tradition of using space and sci-fi related names. The duo features display resolution of 336 x 336 pixels, the same that can be found in Fitbit’s current crop of smartwatches.
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But this is not where the info ends. Another Star Trek reference was spotted to a device codenamed “Nyota”. This one comes with a 124 × 208 pixel resolution display. This matches that of last year’s Fitbit Luxe.
All of this leads to the conclusion we might soon be getting Fitbit Versa 4, Sense 2 and Luxe 2. Although there is always the possibility the interpretation of what is in the code may be imperfect.
Little info on possible specs
Unfortunately, this is pretty much where the info from the app ends. At this stage it is difficult to say with any confidence what specs these devices will come with. Particularly as there have been no other leaks.
The display on Sense and Versa 3 is already quite large at 1.58 inches, so an increase is unlikely. Especially as that would mean bumping up the physical size of the device. The bezel on the current generation is quite small so that would be the only way to increase the display. The app teardown seems to confirm that we will be get the same screen size and quality this year. No shame in that as the screen is quite good.
Support for manual upload of songs to the watches’ on-board memory would be nice, along with some additional health and fitness functionality. One could reasonably expect some Sense features to make their way over to Versa 4. Our hope is that Fitbit might do away with the paywall, but we are not too optimistic on that count.
More recently, 9to5Google shared a photo of what it claims is Fitbit Versa 4. This reveals a device that looks very much like the predecessor generation. The one important difference is the physical button. Fitbit seems to have ditched Versa 3’s touch-sensitive surface on the button in favour of the more traditional thing.
No WearOS-based operating system
There was speculation Fitbit’s next smartwatches might transition from the current proprietary operating system to Wear OS 3.0. After all, the company has said it is working together with Google on a premium smartwatch.
But it looks like Fitbit Sense 2, Versa 4 and Luxe 2 won’t be running on that software as the information in the app reveals the new Fitbit devices connect and share data to your phone through a software “bridge”. WearOS devices have their own methods of communicating between the phone and smartwatch.
We might learn more on a possible integration at the Google I/O 2022 conference next week. The search giant is expected to offer more info on Wear OS 3 and possibly even offer the first glimpse of the Pixel Watch.
Possible release date
Versa 3 and Sense were released in August 2020. It seemed very likely this side-by-side release pattern will continue in 2022. IFA in 2022 returns to a physical format in September, and we expected that would be the launch platform for the duo.
However 9to5Google believes we could see Versa 4 and Sense 2 before the summer. If this turns out to be the case they should land by June 21st.
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