Fitbit Launches Female Health Tracking, Quick Replies for Versa and Ionic

Greg Lawrence
May 8, 2018

Fitbit has announced that two anticipated features will soon arrive for owners of either the Fitbit Versa or Fitbit Ionic. Inside of the Fitbit app, you'll find tracking for female health, as well as quick replies for messaging on Versa and Ionic devices. Fitbit will predict your upcoming cycles using its "proprietary cycle algorithm that gets smarter and more accurate as they log their period".

The feature is now available for users on the iOS and Windows apps.

One important thing to note: quick replies only work for apps that support in-notification replies on your smartphone.

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.

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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. Like the Ionic before it, the Versa still tracks fitness stats with the best of the company's lineup, offering users easy access to daily, weekly, and monthly fitness data, including logged steps, calories burned, and heart rate patterns. In the future, Fitbit hopes to use all this menstrual data to offer insights about how sleep and exercise impact your period and vice versa. "With these apps and clock faces, we continue to deliver on our promise to bring important health information to the wrist", said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

The app will also push general information about menstrual cycles, ovulation, fertility and common misconceptions from the company's blog.

Billed (somewhat pretentiously) as "the smartwatch for all", the $200 Fitbit Versa has been up for grabs "globally" for a few weeks now, but a couple of its most interesting features advertised as top selling points back in March are being enabled a little late. 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. Other apps include Diplomat Pharmacy, One Drop, Fitabase, and more.

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