Info in app code hints to a 2022 release of Fitbit Versa 4, Sense 2 & Luxe 2
Information within the Fitbit app reveals we will probably be getting Versa 4, Sense 2 and Luxe 2 later this year. This will, most likely, occur at IFA 2022 in Berlin.
The evidence comes from the folks over at 9to5Google who have decompiled the latest version of the Fitbit application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. This reveals lines of code that hint at possible future features.
There new 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 it 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 its 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.
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 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.
Possible release date
Versa 3 and Sense were released in August 2020. It seems very likely this side-by-side release pattern will continue in 2022. IFA in 2022 returns to a physical format in September, and this will probably be the launch platform for the duo. As far as Luxe, don’t be surprised if that one drops earlier.
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