Fitbit the leading global wearables brand, delivers the first update to its Fitbit OS platform for a smarter, more personalized experience for Fitbit Ionic™ smartwatch users with more than 60 apps now available across a wide range of categories, 100+ clock faces, and enhanced performance. Fitbit is also introducing Fitbit Labs, a Fitbit Research initiative that will bring innovative apps and intelligent clock face experiences to users to motivate and drive behavior change, and help accelerate the company’s pace of innovation.
“Ionic has received strong, positive reviews regarding its leading health and fitness-focused features, long battery life, platform compatibility, and more. With this update, we are delivering on our promise to enhance the smart experience with popular apps, intelligent clock faces, and new motivating tools that help you reach your goals,” said Jon Oakes, VP of Product at Fitbit. “This is just the start – along with future enhancements to the Fitbit OS, we have an extremely engaged global developer community excited to continually bring even more unique offerings to our users via the Fitbit App Gallery.”
New apps from popular brands available for free download include:
Food & Drink: Yelp, the leading local guide for consumers, to easily find the best nearby restaurants.
Health & Fitness: Clue, the #1 rated free female health app by gynecologists, to track your menstrual cycle and symptoms; GAME GOLF, the leader in tracking golf performance analytics, will help to improve your game by providing precise distances to the green and visualizing the hole layout; and Surfline, the leading surf reporting and forecasting company, to track swells and conditions so you can find the best waves.
News: Flipboard, with stories for every interest, to quickly preview the latest health and fitness stories; and The New York Times, the global paper of record, to easily check current news headlines.
Travel & Transit: TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, to easily discover restaurants and things to do nearby; Uber by Fitbit gets you fast reliable rides in minutes, displays your ride status, and provides access to your trip details; and United Airlines, one of the world’s largest airlines, to access boarding passes and check flight status.
Expected in January are apps for British Airways, Lyft and Walgreens, with more popular brands to be added on an ongoing basis. More motivation for global users with offline music, coming in 2018.
Music is an integral part of any workout, and through a new partnership with international streaming music service Deezer, Fitbit users around the globe will have the ability to take their favorite streaming music with them, no phone required (available in 2018).
Accelerating innovation with Fitbit Labs
In addition to the new apps noted above, Fitbit Labs leverages the Fitbit Research & Development team’s expertise in data analysis and behavioral science to test potential new features in the form of experimental apps and smart clock faces designed to motivate users and drive behavior change.
Additional apps and clock faces from Fitbit Labs will be added throughout 2018 and beyond.