Google Fit shows Nest Hub data with Fitbit HR

In the last few days, Fitbit’s integration with Heart Connect has been released. A useful aspect of Heart Connect sync combines Nest Hub sleep tracking data with Fitbit heart rate in Google Fit.

The second-generation Nest Hub with Soli radar-based sleep tracking shows sleep stages (Awake, REM, Light and Deep), breathing rate and ambient quality. The latter include snoring, coughing, other noise disturbances and changes in light, while you can get a temperature reading for that night by checking directly on the Smart Display.

When Health Connect is syncing both Fitbit and Google Fit, the latter will show a heart rate graph from the tracker or smartwatch you are wearing (in this case the Pixel Watch). You will have four charts in total and it is better than having to switch between apps to check the data.

However, the initial experience is not the easiest. Namely, on Google Fit for iOS, I see two sets of sleep sessions (which Google tells us is intentional), but they are not tagged. (You can find out what data is coming from Nest Hub based on ‘Noise’, which uses Nest Hub’s microphones and other sensors.)

Meanwhile, on Google Fit for Android, the experience is a bit odd with only one session per night appearing in the Browse> Sleep> Sleep Duration tab. This app labels the source of the data with “Fitbit” or its icon. The Fitbit page shows “Disturbances” from Nest Hub, but not sleep stages from either source.

Meanwhile, the summary tabs on the Home tab (eg Last sleep and Sleep duration) will show the most recently recorded session.

This precedes Google’s plans to “integrate sleep tracking into Fitbit Premium” next year. This will presumably show information collected by Nest Hub within the Fitbit app along with wearable data. Google Fit today only shows a human resources chart along with other data, but the actual integration could do something more advanced with correlation.

Sleep tracking is a paid feature, so it will be interesting to see what the experience will be for Nest Hub owners who don’t have any other Fitbit devices but want to use Smart Displays for tracking.

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