Fitbit is already known for its best-in-class fitness and sleep tracking, but the company continuously works to improve them. Google-owned Fitbit has now announced a new premium Sleep Profile feature that will be making its way to select smartwatches and fitness bands. In this article, let’s take a look at what the Fitbit sleep profile feature is, how it works, compatible devices, and how you can use it on your Fitbit device.
What is Fitbit’s Sleep Profile Feature?
Sleep is very important for human beings. Getting quality sleep plays a critical role in overall health and well-being. Poor quality sleep can lead to increased health risks, including diabetes, cardiovascular problems, obesity, poor cognitive functioning, and more. To provide insights and how users can improve their sleep (in turn leading to overall better health), Google has introduced a new Sleep Profile feature for its Fitbit devices.
Sleep Profile aims to provide users with insights about their sleep and how they can make it better. It analyzes your sleep across 10 key metrics, calculates your sleep trends, and then compares them to what’s typical for your age and gender. After comparing the results, it will assign you a ‘ Sleep Animal’ (more on this down below) and tell you where you can improve your sleep. The feature is similar to how sleep coaching on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 works.
Google says that it studied over 1,000 different features, 22 billion hours of sleep data, and 1.87 million sleep logs before toning it down to 10 key metrics. It gives you insights into sleep schedule variability, the time before sound sleep, the duration of sleep, and others. The Fitbit app will provide you with ideal ranges for each metric — and where you fall within each range — so you can make efforts to improve your sleep.
How does it work?
To get the Sleep Profile feature up and running, you will need to wear your compatible Fitbit device to sleep for at least 14 nights per calendar month. The more you wear your Fitbit during sleep, the more accurate and precise the analysis will be. After you wear it 14 times (or more) per month during sleep, Google will provide you with your sleep profile on the first of next month.
To make it easier (and fun) for you, Google will associate your sleep patterns with that of an animal. This cute animal icon will denote what sleeper type you are and what your patterns suggest. For example, if you get a giraffe, it means you tend to sleep later and wake up earlier while getting a relatively good amount of deep sleep. Similarly, if you’re assigned a dolphin, it means that you tend to fall asleep later than most and sleep for less time.
You will be able to see your Sleep Animal and what it means on the first of every month. Google says the animals you receive can change from month to month and that there is no “ideal” animal — each one can be used to better understand your sleep patterns and how you can improve your sleep quality.
It’s worth noting that Google’s upcoming smartwatch, the Google Pixel Watch, will feature Fitbit health-tracking features. This means that the new Sleep Profiles feature could make its way to the company’s first smartwatch. And it’s not only Google; other companies like Apple are also working on improving sleep tracking features. The Cupertino-giant announced its revamped sleep tracking feature coming to all the supported Apple Watch models with watchOS 9 later this year.
Google says that the Sleep Profile feature is already rolling out to Premium users. For those unaware, Fitbit offers a Premium membership wherein it offers some exclusive features, such as Sleep Profiles in this case, to the paid members. It costs $9.99 per month in the United States. Here are all the devices that are compatible with the Sleep Profile feature:
- Versa 3
- Versa 2
- Charge 5
- Inspire 2
The company says that users will receive their first sleep profile during the week of July 4. The subsequent profiles will be delivered on the 1st of each month.
If you want a solid all-around experience and all the health and fitness-related features in a sleek and modern-looking smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense is a great choice. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.
Fitbit Charge 5
Fitbit Charge 5 ships with a new design that implements curves at its edges and a display that brings color to the Charge lineup. If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that’s good-looking, premium, and highly capable, this is an accessory worth checking out!
Did You Order a Galaxy Z Flip 4 or Galaxy Z Fold 4?
Pre-orders are taking place for the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, and as we always say, there’s never a better time to order one of these phones than during this period. Seriously, you should do it.
If you have taken advantage of Samsung’s crazy-good trade-in values, store credit and free accessories, the last thing we want to know is which model you ended up going with. In 2022, both are very good options, seen as relatively minor upgrades over last year’s models, but still offering top specs, water resistance, improved hinge designs for more compact designs, and improved software.
I have been using the Z Fold 4 for a week now and have really been enjoying the experience. The battery life has been great, the displays are nice, and the cameras appear to be very good.
Which option are you going with?
How Good is Android 13 on Pixel Phones?
The stable Android 13 update has been out since the beginning of the week and that means a couple of days for you to run it and establish first impressions. I’m curious what those are, as the update is somewhat minor in new features, but huge in terms of bug fixes from Android 12.
To recap, Android 13 dropped on Monday for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6a. The update was available immediately if you felt like playing in adb, plus we’ve seen it rollout over-the-air as well to some phones. Tim, for example, says he can pull it yet I can’t on my Pixel 6 Pro. Rude, Google.
We talked about all of the new features in Android 13 that you’ll want to be on the lookout for and then spent a lengthy amount of time looking through the list of 150 bugs that Google fixed. Google says it was able to improve “performance, stability, and reliability,” fixed bugs related to charging and Gboard and touch screen palm detection and so much more. Google even says it addressed fingerprint reader performance on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a.
After browsing through reddit, I can see that a number of folks have been quick to share that their fingerprint reader is indeed faster (Do people really believe this?) and that overall performance and stuttering has improved, especially on older Pixel phones.
What about you? How has Android 13 been running on your Pixel phone this week? Or are you still waiting for it?
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Get Major Approval Ahead of Launch
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro stopped through the FCC this week, marking a big step towards launch that should happen around October, if previous launches are any indicator. The filings don’t reveal much, other than supported network bands and the presence of UWB again, but they do give us model numbers to pin on each phone going forward.
There are four FCC filings of note to dip into under Google’s FCC ID. Those filings give us model numbers of GVU6C, GQML3, GP4BC, and GE2AE. After looking through several of the documents at the FCC, I’m pretty confident in saying that the first two are the Pixel 7 and the last two are the Pixel 7 Pro. The GVU6C Pixel 7 also has an alternate model number of G03Z5 alongside it, as does the Pixel 7 Pro’s GE2AE, where GFE4J can be added to its list.
To recap, we have Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro model numbers as follows:
- PIXEL 7: GVU6C (G03Z5)
- PIXEL 7: GQML3 – mmW
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GP4BC – UWB
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GE2AE (GFE4J) – UWB, mmW
Each phone has all of the proper network bands to work well here in the US, with select models also supporting 5G mmW. The two models supporting mmW are GQML3 (Pixel 7) and GE2AE (Pixel 7 Pro). The others support sub-6 5G, just not the super speedy 5G mmW that you’ll never attach to anyway.
To tell the difference between Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices, we really are guessing (assuming) based on the fact that GP4BC and GE2AE have UWB or ultra-wideband support. In the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, only the Pixel 6 Pro had UWB and it looks like that’ll be the case again this year. UWB is used for short-range communications in things like luggage trackers or to help a digital car key talk to a car.
The rest of the big network stuff can be see below, where you’ll find WiFi 6E, NFC, and WPT (wireless power transfer aka wireless charging).
Pixel 7 network bands
Pixel 7 Pro network bands
There isn’t much else to take from this because Google already announced each phone. We’re really just waiting for them to go official, so that we can start playing with their cameras, test Google Tensor 2, and see if Google took are of all of the Pixel 6 line’s modem issues.
If you were hoping this arrival at the FCC would tell us when the Pixel 7 will launch, I’m not sure that it does. The Pixel 6 line hit the FCC in September 2021 and then arrived in October. The Pixel 6a showed up at the FCC in April 2022, was announced in May, and then didn’t ship until July.
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