Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Fitbit adds menstrual cycle tracking to its smartwatch app

Fitbit adds menstrual cycle tracking to its smartwatch app		
		
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Glenn Montgomery | 08 May, 2018, 02:20

Back when it announced the Versa, Fitbit promised two new features, "Quick Replies" and women's health tracking, would arrive later in the year.

For female health tracking, Fitbit details the ability to track menstrual cycles and symptoms, which should help optimize your health goals and life planning. 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.

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".

In the meantime, Google's mobile OS gets Fitbit Quick Replies this week, making it possible to send canned responses through the company's smartwatches, like "Yes", "No" and "Sounds good!" Fitbit's proprietary cycle algorithm gets smarter and more accurate as you consistently log your period.

On the watch, you'll find this information in the Fitbit Today dashboard by swiping up from the home screen. Android users will have to wait until the end of the month. Fitbit also upped the customization ante by giving wearers the ability to fully customize the smartwatch, offering a variety of apps like Starbucks, Strava, and Flipboard, as well as a number of custom clock faces - the brand says there's already over 550 apps and clock faces now available.

"Smartwatches provide a powerful platform to deliver important health tools that help our users manage conditions more conveniently than ever before", Fitbit CEO James Park said in a statement. In addition to logging your cycle in the app, the Versa and Ionic will also display cycle information and alerts on the watch interface. 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.

It'll also offer an insight into the fertile window for couples hoping to get pregnant, or avoid doing so.

A new text response feature is available immediately to users on the Android app.

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