Fitbit gets quick replies and menstrual cycle tracking

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Clearing notifications on your watch now clears them from your phone, too.

Fitbit has introduced new apps and clock faces to help users better manage their health directly from the wrist, the company said.

Ironically, while quick replies are only accessible to Fitbit users connecting their wearables to Android phones, menstrual cycle supervision is rolling out to iOS and Windows apps first, expanding to Android by the end of the month.

On the Ionic and Versa meanwhile, you can now track where you are in your cycle, view when your period is expected, and predict your upcoming fertile window in the on-device dashboard (by swiping up from the clock face).

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. The five responses include: "Yes", "No", "Sounds good!", "Can't talk now, will reply later" and "What's up?"

You can also customize your own replies to text messages and messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, although there is a 60-character limit.

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All of your data in one place: View holistic data to reveal connections between your cycle and other stats in the Fitbit app, such as activity, sleep, and weight trends.

The app will also push general information about menstrual cycles, ovulation, fertility and common misconceptions from the company's blog.

Fitbit's Versa comes standard in black with a black aluminum case, gray with a silver aluminum case, or peach with a rose gold aluminum case. The unique accessory line will be available in the second half of 2018. The two features are now launching, along with a handful of health partner apps and clock faces.

Billed (somewhat pretentiously) as "the smartwatch for all", the $200 Fitbit Versa has been up for grabs "globally" for a few weeks now, but a couple of its most interesting features advertised as top selling points back in March are being enabled a little late.

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. Users will have access to apps like Walgreens which allows you to access the closest Walgreens pharmacy when you need to pick up a prescription, or Sickweather which is an app that scans social networks for illness around your area.

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