Fitbit OS 3.0 is giving the Ionic and Versa smartwatches new powers

Kenny Tucker
December 18, 2018

Fitbit OS is graduating to version 3.0.

Following up on Fitbit OS 2.0 that was released in March, 3.0 focuses on adding even more powerful health-tracking features and even more apps. You'll also now be able tolog your water intake and weight on the watch itself, something that could previously only be done in the phone app. For instance, you can set a goal for calories burned, distance, or time for more than 15 exercises.

The Today dashboard is where you can see a basic overview of your daily stats.

The new update, available on the company's two now available smartwatches, Ionic and Versa, expands the functionality of Fitbit's well-regarded on-device dashboard to add even more at-a-glance information.

Although not specific to Fitbit OS 3.0, Fitbit's also announcing that 10 new apps that are making their way to the Fitbit App Gallery.

Finally, the update introduces new goal-based exercise modes.

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Good news, Fitbit is rolling out support for additional apps starting today: achu health, Couch to 5K, Genius Wrist, and MySwimPro.

The new update, hitting today, promises added information to the Versa and Ionic on-watch fitness dashboards. The other six - Charity Miles, FitBark, Gold's Amp for Fitbit, Mindbody, Noonlight, TRX - will arrive early 2019.

Fitbit made great efforts with its smartwatch push this year, releasing the excellent Fitbit Versa and continuing to refine its software experience. As an example, Fitbit is launching two new developer-created apps using these new APIs. The new Alpine Snow app will be able to record your number of runs and speed/altitude while skiing, while the Skateboarding app will track your speed, heart rate and calorie burn data while you skateboard.

A new Fitbit Exercise API and other developer tools are also available so we will hopefully continue to see new apps appear for these wearables to extend their functionality and capability.

Lastly, Fitbit provided an updated on its female tracking feature.

The Ionic and Versa are becoming more independent thanks to personal data at-a-glance.

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