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Reasons We're Excited About the New Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

Reasons We're Excited About the New Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

But instead of a device that can do everything, the company's brand new Ionic smartwatch is focusing squarely on health and fitness with an ability for contactless payments on the side.

Fitbit Flyer is a headset that's meant to pair with the Ionic smart watch, but could be used with any Bluetooth device. Fitbit is building upon the Pebble platform to provide developer tools such as fast development on an open platform using JavaScript and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

Together, these two features - Fitbit Pay and dedicated music support - will, according to Fitbit, will allow users to leave their smartphones at home when they go for a workout.

SmartTrack automatically records select exercises such as running and biking, saving them in the Fitbit app. Coming to the pricing, the Fitbit Ionic costs $300 and is now available for presale on Fitbit.com. And today, Fitbit has officially announced its smartwatch - the Ionic. The Fitbit Ionic comes with a Pandora app for listening to music and other apps that do not require a compatible smartphone. Withings tried this a few years ago, and I wouldn't say it exactly set the world alight, and it's not even turned on by default in the Ionic, but is there for third parties to use it for various, slightly vague, future, potential health-monitoring applications. A Fitbit Ionic Adidas special edition is also scheduled for 2018.

The new products mark Fitbit's first major launch since it introduced Alta, a fitness band, in early 2016.

The Fitbit Flyer will run $129, putting it in the ballpark of other wireless earbuds. The watch is slated for release in October, at which point it will be available on Amazon and other retail outlets.

Only the documentation is now available, but based on Fitbit's current write-up it appears the device will be a fast hacking favourite, with developers able to easily sideload applications and share them with friends and family without going through Fitbit's approval process and App Gallery, and apps being based on javascript, CSS and SVG.

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Fitbit Pay support will start in the US and roll out to other markets soon after.

Fitbit is jumping headfirst into the Bluetooth headphones game with Fitbit Flyer.

Here is everything you need to know about the new Fitbit smartwatch, including how much it costs, when it will be available and what features it will bring with it. Audio coaching sessions created to increase endurance, speed and form are coming in 2018, we're told.

The Ionic smartwatch is water resistant up to 50 metres and it's also equipped with a swimming mode. The $130 Aria 2, also scheduled for an October release, has new algorithms for more-accurate results, plus a bigger and brighter display than the last-gen model has.

Of course, smartwatches are also fashion statements, so there will be several alternative bands available for purchase, ranging from $30 to $60, in materials such as rubber and leather.

"I think for the time being that this will sustain the company a bit more".


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