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Fitbit Introduces Health Management Apps

Fitbit Introduces Health Management Apps

While Android users may not be getting female health tracking in the Fitbit app until later this month, they are getting their own platform-specific feature.

"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.

In a nutshell, Fitbit is trying to offer a universal female health monitoring platform, correlating all the information the Versa and Ionic are capable of collecting rather than simply logging your menstrual cycle dates and predicting when "that time of the month" will start next.

The feature allows for in-app period tracking.

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Using the Fitbit app dashboard, users can also create custom replies. Previously, users were unable to respond to text messages, or messages from services such was WhatsApp and Facebook.

During Fitbit's recent press event in New York City, the company talked extensively about the new products that it'll be highlighting this coming spring. The first Fitbit wearables were originally released in May 2013.

Elsewhere the update also brings a number of Quick Replies to messages, but there's only five pre-written replies. There, you can see where you are in your cycle, when your next period is expected and check your estimated fertile windows. The Fitbit Versa and Ionic are two solid fitness watches that ... 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.

You will also be able to check out general information about topics such as menstrual cycle and fertility. Users with Android apps will get the feature in a few weeks. These apps and clock faces should provide Fitbit smartwatch users new options to improve wellness and help manage conditions, such as diabetes and some types of cancer, Fitbit says in an official statement. New incoming additions built using Fitbit's SDK include Dexcom, Diplomat Pharmacy, Fitabase, Go365 by Humana, Limeade, One Drop, Sickweather, and Walgreens.