Fitbit Updates Ionic Smartwatch With More Apps

Fitbit Updates Ionic Smartwatch With More Apps

The apps will be available in English globally by the end of the year, Fitbit wrote in a blog post. Perhaps most significantly, the Fitbit Ionic promises four days of battery life on a single charge.

New apps from popular brands (including The New York Times, Uber, Yelp, and more) and developers across a variety of categories, such as Food & Drink, Games, Health & Fitness, Home and IOT, News, and Travel & Transit.

Fitbit is adding some more high-profile apps to its new Ionic smartwatch to better compete against rival devices from Apple, Samsung, and Garmin.

Highlights include apps for Uber, Philips Hue, Yelp, and Flipboard.

Worldwide customers will gain access to on-device offline music streaming via Deezer, but they'll have to wait until next year.

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Most of the apps are activity-focused, as is appropriate for a gadget now being billed in an aggressive ad campaign as a smartwatch built specifically for fitness.

Lastly, Fitbit is adding a new early access testing program for the Ionic called Fitbit Labs, which will allow users to test out "experimental apps and clock faces". Right now there are a handful of clock faces and apps available through Fitbit Labs, including a Fitbit Pet clock that helps you stay active by using your steps to feed and care for a virtual dog.

At-a-glance access to your personal friend network with the new Fitbit Leaderboard app. See where you stack up against family, friends and coworkers as you motivate each other to reach your goals. The list of participating Fitbit Pay banks has expanded to 25 banks in 13 markets. Through the end of September this year, Fitbit sold 10 million trackers and watches, down 37% from 2016. It released the gadget in October with only a few apps to its name - then proceeded to leave the brand new OS alone for nearly two months without a software update. And after using this new software update on my Ionic for a few minutes, I'm happy to report that numerous lag issues are gone.

Fitbit has also designed three new watchfaces for the Ionic that are bundled with the new update: levels, threads, and mountainscape.

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