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Check Yelp, Flipboard, More on Fitbit Ionic

Check Yelp, Flipboard, More on Fitbit Ionic

But now, Fitbit has announced its first major update to the Fitbit OS, promising to provide users with a "smarter, more personalized experience through an expanding collection of new apps and clock faces". A variety of different apps are included here, such as The New York Times, Uber, and Yelp. Now, Fitbit is tackling both concerns - and more - with the smartwatch's first major update. Some of those apps (like The New York Times, Yelp, and Hue Lights) will be available starting today, but the majority are slated as coming "before the end of the year" or in January. Deezer's also getting in on the action next year, becoming the second notable music service after Pandora to buy in to the Ionic ecosystem. Plus, the company has expanded its network to include 25 banks across three networks in 13 markets, and more countries and banks are expected to roll out next year.

How does the Fitbit Ionic compare to the Apple Watch?

Now CEO James Park is strongly pursuing upmarket customers with the $300 Ionic.

A lack of apps wasn't my biggest issue with the Fitbit Ionic - but it was up there.

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The biggest news here is the addition of more third-party applications.

"Ionic has received strong, positive reviews regarding its leading health and fitness-focused features, long battery life, platform compatibility, and more". The launch software was pretty bare bones, but the new version brings a ton of new apps and watch faces, along with performance improvements. It's a bummer, of course, that the product didn't launch with this full an app selection, but if nothing else, it shows that Fitbit's committed to building the thing up as quickly as possible.

Lastly, Fitbit is adding a new early access testing program for the Ionic called Fitbit Labs, which will allow users to test out "experimental apps and clock faces". "This is just the start - along with future enhancements to the Fitbit OS, we have an extremely engaged global developer community excited to continually bring even more unique offerings to our users". Current examples of what Fitbit Labs will be working on include a clock face that helps you stay active by feeding your steps to a virtual pet, a clock face with a mood log, a tennis app that tracks your swings, and more.


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