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Check Yelp, Flipboard, More on Fitbit Ionic

Check Yelp, Flipboard, More on Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit OS was quite laggy, and there were only a handful of third-party apps available at launch.

New apps from popular brands (including The New York Times, Uber, Yelp, and more) and developers across a variety of categories, such as Food & Drink, Games, Health & Fitness, Home and IOT, News, and Travel & Transit. They're not all really notable, but there are enough big names on the list to warrant a second look at Fitbit's first true smartwatch. Previously only four apps were available for the Ionic, and now Fitbit is adding dozens more.

Highlights include apps for Uber, Philips Hue, Yelp, and Flipboard.

Fitbit is releasing the first major update to the Fitbit OS software on its flagship Ionic smartwatch today, bringing a host of new apps and watchfaces to the fledging smartwatch platform.




Bolstering all of this is the introduction of Fitbit Labs, an initiative from Fitbit's research team that will build out unique, experimental clock faces and apps for Ionic. The only program available at launch will be a "Pet" clock face that gives users a virtual companion to care for with their step achievements, while other apps like a Mood Log, sport-specific tennis support, and more activity incentive games are expected before the end of the year. And more bank cards will be usable with the watch's mobile payments app, too.

Deezer coming in 2018 - Starting next year, subscribers to Deezer Premium+ will be able to access all of their music right on their wrist. Additionally, there's a new Fitbit Leaderboard app, which lets users compare their fitness stats against friends and family directly from the Ionic.

Improved performance - Fitbit's updated touchscreen performance of the Ionic so it's faster and more fluid to use. Through the end of September this year, Fitbit sold 10 million trackers and watches, down 37% from 2016. And after using this new software update on my Ionic for a few minutes, I'm happy to report that numerous lag issues are gone.

This update is rolling out to the Ionic now, and instructions on how to get it can be found here.


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