The "female health tracking" tool, available through the Fitbit app on the compatible smartwatches, will roll out this month.
Built using Fitbit's software development kit, the apps and clock faces will give users new options to improve wellness and help manage health related conditions.
Once your device receives the update, quick replies will be turned on automatically for every notification that comes through to your watch. The offering is a nice addition to Fitbit's overall health tracking, after the company was initially criticized for producing a smartwatch that was too large for many wrists (to the exclusion of a lot of potential female users). Fitbit's proprietary cycle algorithm gets smarter and more accurate as you consistently log your period. The two features are now launching, along with a handful of health partner apps and clock faces.
Quick replies let Android users choose from five pre-populated responses. With it, should you receive a message from an app such as WhatsApp or Messenger, you'll be able to respond to messages with a default or custom reply, as well as emoji.
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The app will also push general information about menstrual cycles, ovulation, fertility and common misconceptions from the company's blog. 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.
Women can keep tabs on their menstrual cycle on the Fitbit app or find out when their fertile window is if they're looking to get pregnant. The Versa even offers fitness guidance via Fitbit Coach and allows for swim tracking, boasting a water-resistance up to 50 meters.
To unleash the new features, users must first update to the latest version of the app from their phone. The apps and clock faces that have been announced come from Dexcom, Diplomat Pharmacy Inc, Fitabase, Humana, Limeade, One Drop, Sickweather, and Walgreens.