Everything You Need to Know About Fitbit's New Ionic Smart Watch

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The Fitbit Flyer will run $129, putting it in the ballpark of other wireless earbuds.

Although the company revealed the Blaze watch in 2016, that device is positioned by Fitbit as a fitness watch rather than a smart watch.

Fitbit recently lost its position as the top seller of wearable devices, falling behind Apple and China's Xiaomi. Xiaomi and Apple tied for first place during that same period, with 3.6 million devices shipped.

Ionic is available for pre-order beginning today in two shades of gray and orange, and will release in October for $300 with a variety of Horween leather and sport bands that range from $30 to $60.

Fitbit Flyer is a headset that's meant to pair with the Ionic smart watch, but could be used with any Bluetooth device. Alternatively, the smartwatch can connect to any other pair of Bluetooth headphones. (You can try, but we wouldn't recommend it.) But, you can do that with the Fitbit Ionic, though it's like having a personal health and fitness coach on your wrist every day. Extra sensors embedded on the underside of the device allow the Ionic to estimate changes in oxygen in the blood over time.

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

Fitbit Pay provides secure payments through the Visa Token Service.

Fitbit is well known in the activity tracking field but until now, it had yet to fully take the leap into the smartwatch world. Fitbit is sticking by its DNA, sticking by what it knows incredibly well.

In winter, Fitbit will introduce guided health programs themed around health and fitness goals like cutting added sugar from your diet or going from the couch to a 45-minute run in six weeks. "It's about tracking your health and giving you all the data and moving on from there", Llamas said.

Rounding out Fitbit's new fall lineup is an updated version of its Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, which has been reengineered for greater accuracy and easier Bluetooth setup. It's not technically a health and fitness feature, but it is a valuable tool for someone looking for a cold drink at Starbucks after a workout, Llamas said.

In some ways, it is not that hard for Fitbit to support Windows Phone, since apps are created to be mainly stand-alone and run on the watch, though there is support for companion apps on phones also.

We are curious to find out if Pebble applications will be supported on the watch or not.

Perhaps the timing of a blizzard of announcements from Fitbit Inc.

With water resistance up to 50 metres, users can wear their watch in the pool or rain, and use it to track swim workouts with stats such as lap counting, duration and calories burned. More apps will follow as developers get on the platform.

Lets go through them one by one. More countries and banks will be added soon, according to a Fitbit press release. Mastercard says that its token services that support mobile transactions on other platforms will also be used with Fitbit Pay. However, do expect to see Fitbit's own custom store on the watch where you'll be able to download apps like: Pandora, Strava, Accuweather and more.

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