Own a Fitbit? You’ll soon be able to get daily step counts from your Google Nest

Right now, you can see a handful of sleep stats on your Google Nest screen, but if you own a Fitbit, your workout and activity data will soon be there too.

A recently released support document spotted by 9to5Google outlines how you’ll soon be able to set up your Nest Hub to show metrics like your daily step count or calories burned. This data may be collected from your Fitbit or the Google Fit app.

The Nest Hub already doubles as a sleep tracker, monitoring movement and sound (including snoring) throughout the night to determine how much rest you’re getting. It also analyzes the light and temperature in your bedroom and gives suggestions to improve your sleep hygiene.

It’s unclear when the Fitbit firmware update will roll out, but once it does, your activity data will appear in the same place as your sleep stats, on the “Wellness” tab of the app. ‘device.

More Fitbit integration

The addition of Fitbit data to Google’s smart speakers comes as no surprise. Google bought Fitbit in January last year and promised that while the two brands would remain separate, they would work closely together on various projects.

Perhaps the most exciting of these is a new high-end Fitbit smartwatch running Wear OS, which was mentioned at last year’s Google IO event. We haven’t seen any sign of the watch so far, but Fitbit generally keeps its devices under wraps until they’re ready to go on sale, so there’s no telling when it might show up.

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It seems highly unlikely that the next Google Pixel Watch will carry Fitbit branding, but it’s almost certain that the company’s fitness tracking tools will come pre-installed. Some possible watch face designs were leaked last year, including one featuring the familiar Fitbit logo.

Leaked Google Pixel Watch 3D render

Leaked Google Pixel Watch images don’t show Fitbit branding on the device itself, but it does appear to have a Fitbit app pre-installed (Image credit: Jon Prosser / @rendersbyian)

It will be interesting to see how Google can integrate Fitbit technology into its other devices. For example, it’s not too hard to imagine the health technologies being integrated into Google’s Pixel Buds in the same way as the Amazfit Powerbuds Pro, with heart rate monitoring and training tracking. We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for more news over the next few months.

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