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Fitbit Unveils 3 New Fitness Trackers — Without Wear OS 3

The svelte updates to the Inspire, Versa, and Sense models still don’t use Google’s wearable OS, though the range still looks tempting.

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If you were eagerly awaiting a new smartwatch release from Fitbit that would feature an updated OS in the form of Google Wear 3, you’ll probably be disappointed by the firm’s latest announcement. However, that’s perhaps as far as bad news goes for this new range of fitness trackers, as overall, the trio of models otherwise look incredibly compelling.

The Inspire 3, Versa 4, and Sense 2 are all now available for preorder, with each model looking a little slimmer and more polished than before, albeit sporting Fitbit’s own OS instead of the Google iteration. Fitbit’s software is attractive and easy enough to use, and you’ll still be able to access maps and wallet features from the search giant despite not getting the full Wear OS treatment.

Light Fantastic

At $100, the Inspire 3 is the entry-level model and compares favorably to the likes of Garmin’s Vivosmart series.

The always-on AMOLED face and 10-day battery life are notable in this price tier, as are the monitoring features, which boast:

  • Always-on tracking for blood oxygen (SpO2).
  • Always-on skin temperature monitor.
  • Irregular heartbeat rhythm warning.

The watch has also received FDA approval and CE marking, so you can be sure the device will keep a watchful eye over your vital signs. As well as comprehensive monitoring, you also get a Daily Readiness score, helping you decide whether you need to recover or head out for another training session, and a new Sleep Profile feature able to track 10 different sleep metrics.

The Inspire 3 comes in three colors and can be fitted with a wide range of new Fitbit bands too.

A Genuine Apple Alternative?

The Versa 4 ($230) and Sense 2 ($300) aim to take a slice of the Apple Watch’s market share, though, of course, both devices work with Android and iOS, so offer a good deal more flexibility than Cupertino’s walled garden device.

Both Fitbit trackers have overhauled software, tweaked to offer a (dare we say) more Apple-like vibe. However, unlike Apple’s devices, they will comfortably last a whole week on a charge and refill to a day’s worth of power in just 12 minutes.

Features include everything present on the Inspire 3, with the Versa 4 being optimized for workouts, using built-in GPS and 40 exercise modes. The Sense 2 now features a Body Response sensor that hunts for stress triggers and alerts the wearer if anything troubling is uncovered.

Both watches are also lighter and thinner than previous iterations, with the entire lineup offering a slimmer, smarter experience all around.

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PowerSchool Launches Arab Version Of Its EdTech Platform

The cloud-based solution is now available to Middle Eastern users, helping schools with administrative, communication, and classroom workflows.

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PowerSchool, a leading cloud-based education software provider, today announced the launch of newly translated and localized solutions for the UAE and wider Gulf Coast and Middle East region.

Native-Arabic speaking educators will now be able to accomplish critical administrative, communication and classroom workflows using newly-updated Arabic translations, as well as access a right-to-left oriented interface, Hijri calendar overlay, and more.

PowerSchool’s platform is able to log student records and create reports in their native language, while teachers can now create enhanced, personalized lessons for their students and digital forms for parents.

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Finally, PowerSchool’s multi-language AI-powered assistant is also in development, and the company plans to launch the tool in the Middle East in the near future.

“With the UAE and other GCC countries prioritizing digital transformation in education, we are pleased to announce the availability of our educational and operational products in Arabic,” revealed Stewart Monk, Senior Vice President & General Manager, International at PowerSchool. “This also aligns with our commitment to provide mission-critical support to education leaders to provide personalized learning for students globally”.

Also Read: Top Free AI Chatbots Available In The Middle East

Along with the launch of a new Dubai office in 2023, PowerSchool seems highly invested in localized Arabic products. The latest announcement from the company strongly signals its commitment to the Middle East and GCC, and comes after the publication of its 2024 Education Focus Report, which takes a deep dive into the region’s education trends and developments.

“PowerSchool’s commitment to providing Arabic localization across its products reflects an understanding of their diverse user base and their commitment to inclusivity,” explained Mohammed Essam, PowerSchool Lead at ESOL Education. “This investment can lead to closer collaboration with educational institutions in the Middle East, fostering innovation and progress in the education sector. Overall, this is a promising direction that could benefit both PowerSchool and the educational community in the region”.

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