Fitbit Versa and Ionic pick up Quick Replies and female health tracking

Posted May 08, 2018

When they launched, you weren't able to respond to any notifications that came through to your wrist, even though that's something most other smartwatches can do. Those interested in using Fitbit Pay, however, will have to shell out a bit more for the Fitbit Versa Special Edition, which retails for $230 and is now available for pre-order. It's rounded square face - a shape which Fitbit calls a "squircle" - features a colorful, touchscreen display with a brightness up to 1,000 nits. Initially I thought this feature was only going to work with SMS and maybe a few other apps, but it works with pretty much every messaging app I have installed on my phone. The app also includes "judgment-free" information on ovulation and fertility, and a community tab to connect to other women so you can all sync up or something.

As for quick replies, you get five pre-set options, including "Yes", "No", "Sounds good!", "Can't talk now", "Will reply later", and "What's up?", which you can easily customize to your liking as long as you don't go over a 60-character limit.

Similar to Fitbit's Ionic, the Versa comes packed with a variety of smartwatch features, as well as the company's signature fitness tracking capabilities. With smartwatch integration, you can also swipe up on your watch to the Fitbit Today dashboard to check when your period is going to start or end along with your next fertile window. The on-device experience can be used to track where users are in their cycle and see when their period is expected. The brand also teamed up with The Council of Fashion Designers of America to create a Designer collection by New York-based brand PH5.

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All apps and clock faces will be available by summer 2018.

Last and by no means least, Fitbit is introducing a host of new apps and watch faces for its two smartwatches that are aimed at helping users manage conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

To unleash the new features, users must first update to the latest version of the app from their phone. Or program your own responses from the app. Some of the new apps include Dexcom, an app that provides glucose readings, Sickweather, an app that scans social media for indicators of illness, and Go365, an app that tracks a user's wellness and rewards them for making healthy choices. These are available in the Fitbit App Gallery right now, with some of the highlights being Walgreens, One Drop, Diplomat Pharmacy Inc., and Fitabase. The functionality is also launching on-device today for Ionic and Versa owners.

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