Fitbit rolls out female health tracking and Android quick replies

Fitbit adds menstrual cycle tracking to its smartwatch app		
		
	Brian Heater

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Fitbit is kicking off its week by announcing that a long-requested feature will soon be coming to its products: female health tracking.

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).

Billed (somewhat pretentiously) as "the smartwatch for all", the $200 Fitbit Versa has been up for grabs "globally" for a few weeks now, but a couple of its most interesting features advertised as top selling points back in March are being enabled a little late. The five default quick replies are fairly basic responses like "yes", "no", and "sounds good", though Fitbit users will be able to customize those once the feature launches. On May 7, Fitbit announced that it is adding female health tracking, text responses, and other new health apps. You'll now be able to log your cycle and record symptoms such as headaches and cramps. 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.




Elsewhere the update also brings a number of Quick Replies to messages, but there's only five pre-written replies.

If you have Fitbit's Versa or Ionic smartwatch, you'll now be able to respond to texts from your phone or other messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. 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. In the future, Fitbit hopes to use all this menstrual data to offer insights about how sleep and exercise impact your period and vice versa. This doesn't just include things like start and end dates, but also items like how your cycle might affect your sleep or activity levels.

"Smartwatches provide a powerful platform to deliver important health tools that help our users manage conditions more conveniently than ever before". Other apps include Diplomat Pharmacy, One Drop, Fitabase, and more.

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