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Forget Pixel Watch — Google Pixel phones will soon take your pulse

On the tail of a finalized Fitbit acquisition, Google just announced a Google Fit upgrade that brings vital-measuring features to the company’s non-wearable mobile devices. Starting next month, Pixel users will be able to get respiratory rate and heart rate readings through their smartphone’s cameras.

These camera-based vitals give people who don’t own a Fitbit or other Wear OS smartwatch a way to periodically check their health data at home. With this update, the Pixel’s front-facing camera will use a combination of your chest movement patterns and AI to provide a respiratory reading that Google says is accurate within one breath per minute. 

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