Mobvoi has added some new sleep-tracking smarts for its smartwatch clan – with advanced insights added for subscribers.
The new features will cost $4.99 a month and seem to add something comparable to Fitbit Premium. It will be available for its TicWatch Wear OS devices, as well as the likes of the TicWatch GTH range, which runs on a proprietary OS.
Mobvoi calls it “upgraded sleep tracking and analysis,” which also includes access to sleep songs – designed to help you drift off to sleep.
Upgraded Sleep Features Are Here!— Mobvoi_Official (@Mobvoi_Official) December 20, 2022
Sleep-aid Songs, AI Sleep Insights, Health Data Monitoring...See more on Mobvoi APP!?
Exclusive Early Bird Offers (12.20.2022-12.31.2022): only $2.99 USD per month to unlock all the VIP features!
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Subscribers will also get AI Insights, including analysis of Sleep Stages, recommendations on how to increase each stage, and reminders about when to head to bed for optimal rest.
You can also get an overview of weekly and monthly sleep patterns and performance – and key health metrics such as resting heart rate and blood oxygen during sleep.
Maybe y'all should try actually updating your device's software before finding new ways to unnecessarily drain money from people, hmm? I used to have a TWP3 that was basically DoA the day it arrived as far as updates go. Got a Pixel Watch now and never looking back.— Oslow P•A•W•B•S (@PupMagnus) December 22, 2022
Given the simplicity of the Wear OS native sleep tracking, it makes sense for Mobvoi to offer something more advanced. As we saw during the years when Apple omitted sleep tracking from its smartwatches, people will gladly turn to third-party apps – many with subscriptions.
But $4.99 does seem steep. Fitbit Premium is $7.99, and undeniably offers a whole lot more. Mobvoi is offering a $2.99 early-bird offer, which seems like a more reasonable price.
However, a lot of the immediate reaction online seems surprised that Mobvoi has rolled out a feature that charges users for some quite central data, when its promised Wear 3.0 updates are still MIA.
The company announced back in 2020 that the TicWatch 3 and E3 (remember that?) – plus all newer devices including TicWatch 3 Ultra, would get Google’s newest software. Those improvements are still no-where to be seen.
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