Fitbit gets quick replies and menstrual cycle tracking

Fitbit gets quick replies and menstrual cycle tracking

Fitbit's new female health tracking features will also include a knowledge base curated and developed by a handful of doctors to help women understand topics like the menstrual cycle and fertility better. Fitbit's proprietary cycle algorithm gets smarter and more accurate as you consistently log your period.

Women's health tracking, meanwhile, will eventually be available to all Fitbit app users, though it's first rolling out to iOS and Windows users (it appears as a tile on in the main app dashboard).

Key among the new features is the ability for women to track their menstrual cycles, which the firm says is one of its most requested features. Fitbit intends for this to help budding developers improve the visibility of their apps, essentially making available its entire Versa and Ionic user community located across the world.

You can also customize your own replies to text messages and messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, although there is a 60-character limit. Android users will have to wait until the end of the month.

In March, Fitbit officially unveiled the Fitbit Versa - a product it calls a "smartwatch for all".

And what would a Fitbit wearable be without fitness tracking? The on-device experience can be used to track where users are in their cycle and see when their period is expected.

Fitbit has supplied five prepopulated responses for users: "Yes", "No", "Sounds good", "Can't talk now, will reply later", and "Whats up?" 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.

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

Quick replies allow Versa and Ionic users with Android smartphones to send pre-populated responses to SMS and chat app messages they receive while their smartwatch is paired to their smartphone. The list of partners includes excom, Diplomat Pharmacy Inc., Fitabase, Go365, Limeade, One Drop, Sickweather and Walgreens.

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