Fitbit rolls out female health tracking and Android quick replies

Fitbit's female health tracking is live

Fitbit finally rolls out two features users have been asking for: text response and 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).

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.

Quick Replies are now exclusive to folks using a Versa or Ionic with an Android phone, and just like Fitbit said earlier in the year, this allows you to reply to texts, tweets, WhatsApp, and more using five pre-loaded messages.

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"According to a recent Fitbit survey, 80 percent of you don't know how many phases are in menstrual cycle and more than 70 percent of you are unable to correctly identify the average length of a cycle", the company wrote on its blog in March. The two features are now launching, along with a handful of health partner apps and clock faces. This means you can respond to app notifications using pre-populated messages or emojis, right from your wrist. 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. Fitbit's new women's health tools, on the other hand, will be launching later this month. The first Fitbit wearables were originally released in May 2013. With smartwatch integration, you can also swipe up on your watch to the Fitbit Today dashboard to check when your period is going to start or end along with your next fertile window. Fitbit says it will push the feature to Android users later this month. What's different here is being able to see that in relation to other metrics that Fitbit already tracks, like sleep, weight and activity trends.

There'll also be user guidance for ovulation, fertility and tips to debunk common misconceptions. Until now, Fitbit had allowed users to view only incoming texts across their devices with screens.

Additional apps from Fitabase, Go365 by Humana, Limeade (available now), Sickweather and Walgreens (now available) have also been announced.

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