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The Fitbit Ionic's first major update adds new apps and watchfaces

05 December 2017, 09:34 | Edward Lowe

The Fitbit Ionic's first major update adds new apps and watchfaces

The Fitbit Ionic's first major update adds new apps and watchfaces

The Fitbit OS update announced today, December 5, adds 14 new apps to the new Fitbit App Store, although some aren't quite ready for public release. Throughout my time with the Fitbit Ionic, I've found Fitbit OS to be too laggy, nearly to the point where I don't want to wear the watch at all.

The Fitbit Ionic launched back in September this year and for music lovers it offers 2.5GB of storage onboard for you to upload and play your own tracks (or music with Pandora in the US) without having to carry your phone.

How many apps will be good ones? 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).

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Before the end of the year, we should see Nest, TripAdvisor, United Airlines, Clue, and Game Golf appear in the Fitbit Store. Further, Fitbit says that it is expecting more apps from brands like British Airways, Lyft, and Walgreens to launch in January.

The first true smartwatch from Fitbit premiered in October, but it included only a handful of third-party apps. More than 5,000 developers have joined Fitbit's developer program and 1,000 have started to write apps or build clock faces for the Ionic, Fitbit said. You can purchase one through, Fitbit, and at other retailers. It also includes Global Positioning System, heart rate tracking, Fitbit Pay, and the ability to store music for offline listening. There are also performance enhancements included as part of this update. It released the gadget in October with only a few apps to its name - then proceeded to leave the brand new OS alone for nearly two months without a software update.

Introduction of Fitbit Labs, an initiative led by Fitbit's Research and Development team that is focused on building unique apps and clock faces from the latest smart technologies and behavioral insights. Fitbit's shares have gained 18% since the day before it debuted the new watch in August, though they are still off about 67% since the company's initial public offering two years ago.

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Mood Log clock face to track how you feel and observe your mood patterns over time. And more bank cards will be usable with the watch's mobile payments app, too.

Think Fast task-switching game to help you understand the effect of sleep and a healthy lifestyle on your mental alertness.

Lastly, for Fitbit Ionic worldwide users, Fitbit announced a partnership with Deezer, to bring the ability to listen to music from their wrist, no phone required.

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