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Fitbit activates female health tracking on the Versa and Ionic

Fitbit activates female health tracking on the Versa and Ionic

Android phone owners, you'll have to hold on until later in the month before you can get access.

The Fitbit Versa is now on sale, and earned an 8/10 score from our reviewers.

Also new for the week are a number of apps and clock faces from health companies created to help users better track and manage conditions like diabetes.

"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 new feature is only available on the Fitbit Ionic and the Versa. There will also be groups in Fitbit's Community service for women to connect over. 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. For instance, it could recommend more sleep in the coming week because a bad period is on the way, or suggest easier ways to exercise if you're feeling too exhausted.

As for female health tracking, the update will roll out on the Fitbit mobile app for all iOS and Windows users.

The Versa also supports phone-free music - 2.5GB of the watch's 4GB storage is even reserved exclusively for tunes - and even features Pandora and Deezer access. You can respond to previously received messages too, by pulling down your notification shade and tapping on a message.

Additionally, users can send a small selection of popular emoji, including tears of joy face, thinking face and smiley face. Fitbit will display your predicted menstrual cycle on the in-app calendar alongside your predicted ovulation cycle, so this could prove a handy tool for couples who are trying to conceive a child as well.

Fitbit is not the first app to offer period tracking to women. In other words, the Quick Replies you use for texts can be different from the ones you use for a Twitter notification. New incoming additions built using Fitbit's SDK include Dexcom, Diplomat Pharmacy, Fitabase, Go365 by Humana, Limeade, One Drop, Sickweather, and Walgreens. Fitbit says that all of the apps will be live and available to download for Ionic and Versa user by summer 2018.

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