Fitbit Ionic nets first update with lots of new apps, clock faces, banks and more

Fitbit debuted its first real smartwatch effort, the Fitbit Ionic (opens in new tab), in October and, while we found it to be a pretty solid fitness watch in our review, some users were concerned with the limited choice of apps and clock faces included at the outset. Now, Fitbit is tackling both concerns – and more – with the smartwatch's first major update.

Perhaps the biggest addition is a slate of new apps from popular brands. A variety of different apps are included here, such as The New York Times, Uber, and Yelp. Apps for controlling your smart home devices, like Nest and Hue, debut as well, in addition to entries from Flipboard and United Airlines. Further, Fitbit says that it is expecting more apps from brands like British Airways, Lyft, and Walgreens to launch in January.

On top of the list of new apps, Fitbit has included more than 100 new clock faces in this update as well. That's in addition to the relatively measly 17 faces included with the watch at launch.

Bolstering all of this is the introduction of Fitbit Labs, an initiative from Fitbit's research team that will build out unique, experimental clock faces and apps for Ionic. Current examples of what Fitbit Labs will be working on include a clock face that helps you stay active by feeding your steps to a virtual pet, a clock face with a mood log, a tennis app that tracks your swings, and more.

Lastly, Fitbit has added new supported banks (opens in new tab) for Fitbit Pay, a Fitbit Leaderboard app, and general enhancements to speed up touch interactions. The company also revealed that it plans to add Deezer as a music service in 2018.

Fitbit Ionic users should be able to grab the update via their Fitbit app now. And if you're curious about the fitness company's new smartwatch, you can check out our review for our full impressions of the wearable.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • How about an updated Ionic review from Windows Central with the new update installed?
  • I may do a video on it sometime. Have a lot of reviews I'm going through right now, very busy time of the year.
  • Thanks Daniel :)
  • See, people have been complaining online, saying this isn't a good smartwatch because of lack of apps. I kept responding with "This is early days".
    Nobody says a game console is crap at the release becasue it doesn't have 1000 games for it. They accept that its an ecosystem in development.. why are smartwatches different? I guess because there is competition at the same level, maybe.
    Anyway, i'm downloading the update now, and I'm excited about one of the new watch faces I saw in the developer thread, new banks, Uber, and Hue.
  • Yeah, I mean, it's a new OS for them (and a first) so takes time. This is a huge release. So much added made it worth the wait.
  • I generally agree with your statement. The only thing for me is that I'm a premium spotify user, so that's key for me. Everything else about it I like, just want spotify since I would likely be listening to music while exercising and don't want to keep my phone on me.
  • Was waiting until the last minute to migrate from Groove to Spotify but since Santa is hopefully getting me an Ionic in a few weeks, this music update may be key to where we go...
  • Am I missing something ? Do not see wallet functionality on WM10 mobile app even after this update  
  • Used the Fitbit IOS ap and don't see Chase supported for the wallet app...pretty sad really