Fitbit quick replies and women's health tracking now available
08 May, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Kelly Sanders
Fitbit OS comes pre-installed on the Ionic and Versa, the company's latest smartwatches, but since its a newly launched platform, it needs a lot of work.
The addition of period tracking is strategic.
And what would a Fitbit wearable be without fitness tracking? Fitbit's analyses this data to predict where you are in your menstrual cycle and when the next one is coming. The smaller-sized Versa (compared to the Ionic) is one of the ways the company is trying to do that, but software can go a long way to help as well.
Fitbit is currently rolling out its quick replies feature for Versa and Ionic users.Android users now have the ability to respond back to text messages via Fitbit's quick replies feature - Apple's ecosystem doesn't currently allow for similar replies. Specifically, this means fertility and menstrual cycle tracking. Fitbit's proprietary cycle algorithm gets smarter and more accurate as you consistently log your period.
With the new feature, all Fitbit users age 13 and older will be able to log menstrual cycles, track symptoms, and receive notifications before the period start date. This knowledge base will be launching alongside new community groups that are centered around various women's health topics, such as menopause, pregnancy, and birth control.
Personalized insights and guidance: As the database of female health metrics grows, Fitbit could tell you how your cycle impacts your activity, sleep, weight, and nutrition, and potentially how these things can affect your cycle. The on-device experience can be used to track where users are in their cycle and see when their period is expected.
According to Fitbit, "Female health tracking will automatically be a default tile for all adult users who identify themselves as female in the Fitbit app". Previously, users were unable to respond to text messages, or messages from services such was WhatsApp and Facebook. Fitbit says that all of the apps will be live and available to download for Ionic and Versa user by summer 2018. The list of partners includes excom, Diplomat Pharmacy Inc., Fitabase, Go365, Limeade, One Drop, Sickweather and Walgreens. "With these apps and clock faces, we continue to deliver on our promise to bring important health information to the wrist".
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