Google Pixel 5, Fitbit Sense, and Powerbeats Pro international giveaway!

It’s time for the Sunday giveaway, and we’re switching up the giveaway format. No longer will the Sunday giveaway be a weekly giveaway — it’s going monthly! There will be a new giveaway on the first Sunday of each month, but we’ll be giving away more prizes to multiple winners each giveaway, increasing your odds of winning. This month three lucky Android Authority readers having the chance to win some top tech!

A big congratulations to the winner of last week’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE giveaway, Kyle G. from Colorado, USA.

This month we’re giving away a brand new Google Pixel 5, a Fitbit Sense, and a pair of Beats Powerbeats Pro earbuds, brought to you by the DGiT Daily newsletter!

The DGiT Daily newsletter is a daily briefing focused on bringing you the best tech news and links to what’s happening all around the web. It doesn’t matter if it’s from The Wall Street Journal or the depths of a 41-tweet Twitter thread — we’ll find it, and tell you what it means.

The daily email arrives fresh at around 7 a.m. ET every day, and we’re committed to making sure it entertains with a brief, honest, authoritative, and never-too-serious look at the tech news of the day via our Senior Editor, Tristan Rayner.

The DGiT Daily also comes with a daily surprise segment you’ll have to read each day — you’ll get an idea by looking at our recent editions from this week: New budget Surface Laptop Go from Friday and TikTok escapes ban again from Monday.

First prize: A Google Pixel 5, $50 Amazon eGift Card, and an AA hoodie

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Our grand prize for October is a no-brainer. The Google Pixel 5 is due for release at the end of the month, and you could be one

Google skipped Motion Sense on the Pixel 5, but it still has a future

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  • Google will use the Pixel 4’s Soli radar and Motion Sense gestures in the future.
  • The company hasn’t confirmed if the tech is headed to phones.

Google is not done with its Soli radar chip and Motion Sense feature, even though it skipped them both on the Pixel 5. In an interview with The Verge, Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh said that Project Soli and Motion Sense gestures would return in the future.

Google introduced Motion Sense assisted by its Soli radar chip on the Pixel 4. The feature enables a bunch of hand gestures on the phone that allow you to control it without touching the screen. It may have seemed like a gimmick to some users, but our very own Jimmy Westenberg thought it a great addition.

The Soli chip also helped the Pixel 4 recognize your presence and quickly unlock the screen by engaging the necessary biometric sensors. Thanks to this, the Pixel 4 has one of the fastest face unlock systems in the market.

Also read: Soli on the Google Pixel 4: Here’s why it’s a good thing

The main problem was that the Pixel 4 could not be made available in many countries, including India, because of Soli. It requires access to the 60GHz mmWave frequency band which isn’t open for commercial use in many markets.

While Osterloh confirmed that the company would use the tech again in the future, he didn’t specify if it’ll appear on phones. However, a recent FCC filing suggests that Soli-based motion gestures could appear on an upcoming Nest Thermostat. Let’s wait and see what Google has in store.

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Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense Are Getting a Very “Impactful” Update

If you got a Fitbit Sense or a Versa 3, you’re getting some new software.

If you got a Fitbit Sense or a Versa 3, you’re getting some new software.
Image: Fitbit

If you’re waiting for your new Fitbit Versa 3 or Sense, you’re in for some news. First of all, you’re probably going to get your device soon, as the company said it expects to start shipping at the end of September. And second, once you receive your device, you’ll find that it also comes with new software: Fitbit OS 5.0.

Spotted by 9to5Google, both the Versa 3 and the Sense will come pre-loaded with OS 5.0, which the company calls its “largest and most impactful smartwatch update” since 2017. In a blog published this week, Fitbit said that the new software included meaningful improvements to the watch interface, a new visual system, faster navigation and general usability improvements.

If you’re a Fitbit user, you’ll have to get used to slight changes in the way you navigate the device. Say you’re in an app on your Fitbit, swiping from left to right will now take you a step back. Meanwhile, pressing the left side button will take you back to the clock face.

In terms of visual design, OS 5.0 introduces Raiju, a new Fitbit system font that it claims is more space-efficient and easier to read. The company also proudly announced that the buttons, background colors and tiles are all prettier and more dynamic. I gotta say, I agree: The new design is compelling.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have a Versa 3 or a Sense, you will not have access to Fitbit’s “impactful” new software.

“Fitbit OS 5.0 has been developed exclusively for Versa 3 and Sense, and there are no plans to bring this to older devices,” Fitbit said in its