Fitbit's next smartwatch could pack Alexa and an OLED screen

Fitbit's next smartwatch could pack Alexa and an OLED screen

Fitbit's next smartwatch could pack Alexa and an OLED screen

Back during March a year ago, Fitbit launched Versa, it's a budget-friendly smartwatch that drew its inspiration from the now-defunct Pebble smartwatch. Their most recent iterations of the smartwatches are the very-Pebble-looking Versa smartwatches and the next one looks to be another step forwards according to a leak overnight. More than a year later, press renders detailing the second-generation Versa have made their way online. Unlike pure activity trackers, the Fitbit Versa comes with a few extra features, including (depending on model) support for making contactless payments and streaming music.

Shares in Fitbit dived as much as 21% in after hours trading, following a Q3 guidance cut, and lower-than-expected Versa Lite sales. It will have a similar square-ish display as its predecessor, along with an anodized aluminum casing and a "PurePulse" heart-rate monitor on the back.

It also seems like the next Versa will give users access to Amazon's Alexa smart assistant from their wrists. However, instead of the three physical buttons on the first-generation model, Versa 2 will only have a single physical button. We already reviewed Fitbit Versa, and it's nearly impossible to find a reason why not to get one. That suggests the upgraded watch could be available before the summer is over. There is no word on the release date either. Voice commands would be a welcome addition to Fitbit's smartwatch. Fitbit recently confirmed while announcing its Q2 2019 earnings that its smartwatch revenue dropped by 27 percent over previous year, as a result of weak Versa Lite sales. We think Fitbit users would love the ability to converse with Alexa while tracking their workouts.

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