Fitbit's smartwatch gets a whole bunch of new apps

The Ionic finally gets some new apps

The Ionic finally gets some new apps

Fitbit is tackling some of the biggest concerns about the Fitbit Ionic with its first major update.

Back in October, the company whose name has become synonymous with fitness trackers launched its first ever smartwatch. Developing for yet another new app store is a pain, but at least Fitbit's making the job a little simpler. Now Fitbit is updating the watch software with several dozen more apps, with new ones now available from well known companies such as Philips, Flipboard, and Yelp (yelp).

Fitbit has also designed three new watchfaces for the Ionic that are bundled with the new update: levels, threads, and mountainscape.

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And, while Fitbit has Pandora for on-watch music in the US, Fitbit is partnering with Deezer for music internationally.

Partnership with Deezer, a personal streaming music service, to give Ionic users around the globe instant access to their favorite tunes right from their wrist (available in 2018). According to Fitbit, this initiative will provide a testing ground for potential new features in the form of experimental apps and smart clock faces created to motivate users and drive behavior change, giving the company a highly scalable way to test new features and analyze anonymous user data and feedback to help accelerate the development of future technologies.

Fitbit Labs - A way for Ionic users to test out experimental apps and watch faces that are "designed to motivate you to make healthy behavior changes". This is where the company will explore ideas and test potential new features. Fitbit Pet (a fitness game mixed with a virtual pet app, which sounds similar to Pebble's popular FitCat app), another game-fitness hybrid called Treasure Trek, Mood Log (a mood-logging watch face that looks for patterns), a mental-acuity game encouraging sleep habits called Think Fast and a tennis-tracking app are coming in the next month.

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Ionic has received overwhelmingly positive reviews regarding its leading health and fitness-focused features, long battery life, platform compatibility, and more. But the watch still lacks more basic functions like a mapping or messaging app. 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.

Ionic has a way to go on the smartwatch front with the absence of quality apps being one of its biggest criticisms.

Info on how to install the operating system update can be found on this link.

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