Fitbit confirms third-party app support won’t come to Sense 2 and Versa 4

Fitbit has confirmed that it has no plans to bring third-party app support to Sense 2 and Versa 4. At least for now. If this is a feature you see yourself using, you might want to opt for one of the previous generation devices.

It’s only been about a month since Fitbit’s latest smartwatches dropped, and we’re learning that the devices fall short in some ways. Some speculate that this is due to Google ownership.

As a reminder, in just a few days, the search giant will unveil its first effort on the smartwatch front – Pixel Watch. It’s entirely possible that the company will hold back some features from Versa 4 and Sense 2 in order to give its wearable a boost. In this way, the device can be positioned as a full-fledged smartwatch, with Fitbit devices falling into the category of fitness watches.

Lots of missing features

Buy one of the new Fitbit watches and you’ll find that they don’t have the ability to store music or even control music from a paired smartphone. WiFi connectivity is built in but unusable because the company has disabled it. There is no Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Wallet support. The Google feature will come but Fitbit hasn’t announced an estimated arrival date.

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One feature that is currently lacking from previous generations and may not come at all is support for third-party apps and clock faces. Sense 2 and Versa 4 cannot connect to the Fitbit App Gallery. Which means some popular apps are missing, like Uber and Starbucks.

Like the WiFi, it appears to have been deliberately disabled. The duo has a “developer bridge” menu, but you can’t enable it. Which means third-party developers can’t access the bridge with the SDK.

Most of us thought it was only temporary and the support would come with time. But a feature request on the Fitbit forum for third-party app support suggests otherwise. Fitbit has now marked the thread as “Not currently planned”. So if that’s important to you, these devices probably aren’t the ones for you.

A Fitbit moderator posted the following in response to the feature request.

“While we don’t currently have any plans to release this feature, we still appreciate the passion and creativity coming out of this community. Since we know this idea is important to many of you, we’ve left the vote is open to continue to track interest and will post another update if anything changes.

You might want to go to this page and broadcast your vote for the feature. Who knows, with enough interest shown on the page, the company might reconsider.

This makes the Versa 3 and Sense sound all the more appealing. When it comes to fitness and health characteristics, there is little difference between the last generation and the current generation. In addition, you can take advantage of attractive discounts while supplies last.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh