SDK confirms Fitbit Ionic supports Windows Phone

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I suspect Fitbit flirted with the possibility of building heart-rate monitoring or other fitness tracking directly into the headphones like Samsung has done in the past, but doing so would have both driven up the price and been redundant for all those who have a tracker on their wrist.

The smartwatch bundles a battery that is layered inside the watch's body said to be able to offer four+ days of battery life (or 10 hours if the Global Positioning System in on or the device is streaming music).

Fitbit said in a press release that it is partnering with Adidas to deliver a Fitbit Ionic special edition device and training programs in 2018. In addition to the Ionic watch, Fitbit is also releasing its Flyer wireless headphones and introducing a Wi-Fi-compatible scale, the Aria 2, along with a new premium guidance and coaching service.

What Fitbit has finally done here is make a smartwatch/tracker hybrid with a claimed four-day battery, that looks, to be honest, pretty great in grey, and promises to do way more than just count your steps and tell you how long you've been asleep for. The unibody watchcase manufactured using the nano-molding technology also acts as the Bluetooth and Global Positioning System antenna.

Lets go through them one by one. New wearables, like the Fitbit Ionic, address some of the priorities and concerns identified by survey respondents - including safety/security concerns, reducing friction when making a purchase and providing a way to pay without carrying a wallet. To compete with Apple Watch, Fitbit acquired payment startup Coin past year and introduced an NFC chip with Ionic.




On the audio front, Ionic features 2.5GB of internal storage dedicated to storing music, allowing users to take about 300 songs with them anywhere they go. The display also features an ambient light sensor, allowing Ionic to adjust brightness as needed to suit environmental lighting conditions - the majority of past Fitbit wearables have had only one brightness setting.

Jon Oakes, VP, product management, Fitbit, says: "We're focused on delivering the features that add that right level of utility to our users, so they can focus on reaching their health and fitness goals".

You'll immediately receive an alert from the Fitbit app when your transaction is approved. This includes the launch of the Fitbit App Gallery, where you can select the apps and clock faces that appeal to you so you're always armed with the information you want most, in a way that reflects your own personal needs and style. That is why it was frustrating that Fitbit did not produce a more robust wearable - an actual smartwatch.

Fitbit Ionic is now available to preorder on Fitbit.com and will be available at major retailers in October. The Ionic also supports interchangeable bands, with the company offering Sport, Leather, and Classic options. Only a handful of apps will be available at launch, but Fitbit will soon be opening up an software development kit so developers can tap into Ionic's sensors to build apps and watch faces just like they on watchOS and Android Wear.

Using Ionic's screen, Fitbit Coach provides personalized video instruction on a variety of exercises.

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