Fitbit rolls out female health tracking and Android quick replies

Cesar Mills
May 8, 2018

Along with the female health tracking, Android users do get the upper hand with the addition of quick replies letting Ionic and Versa owners respond to texts and messages from the likes of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Should you be prompt in recording cycles and symptoms, the Fitbit app will be able to provide better predictions and enhanced insights over time for your cycles.

The "female health tracking" tool, available through the Fitbit app on the compatible smartwatches, will roll out this month.

Key among the new features is the ability for women to track their menstrual cycles, which the firm says is one of its most requested features.

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. Custom replies can include a combination of 60 characters, and can include both text and emoji.

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With the release of the Versa, Fitbit has also rolled out its new OS - Fitbit 2.0 - allowing all Ionic users to update to the new software. "We also see a great opportunity to bring more women into the smartwatch category", Fitbit vice president of product marketing Melanie Chase said in March.

The five default quick replies are fairly basic responses like "yes", "no", and "sounds good", though Fitbit users will be able to customize those once the feature launches. The Fitbit Versa and Ionic are two solid fitness watches that ... The app also offers an educational aspect, providing access to the Fitbit blog where women can learn about fertility, ovulation, the menstrual cycle, and common misunderstandings. What's different here is being able to see that in relation to other metrics that Fitbit already tracks, like sleep, weight and activity trends.

Quick replies allow Versa and Ionic users with Android smartphones to send pre-populated responses to SMS and chat app messages they receive while their smartwatch is paired to their smartphone.

Additional apps from Fitabase, Go365 by Humana, Limeade (available now), Sickweather and Walgreens (now available) have also been announced.

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