Fitbit's big app update for 2017: Facebook-style feed, personal goals & Blaze features

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Fitbit app gets a Facebook-style feed

Fitbit used CES 2017 to announce that its app is getting a revamp for 2017 with a focus on a new social Feed and motivating users to achieve health and fitness goals. That's no small task - here's what you need to know about the changes.

Fitbit gets its own Feed

As you can see in the screens, Fitbit's social features are now split into Feed, Friends and Groups. The Feed is as you'd expect - Facebook-style, scroll through posts and updates from your friends, share your own exercise summaries/badges/trophies/photos, comment on everyone else's stuff.

The Feed will apparently also be where you can find workouts in your area and be populated by health and fitness content commissioned by Fitbit from health and fitness experts. You can still direct message Friends you are connected to via that tab and join groups via the final tab.

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There's a reason it's pushing the social angle so hard, too. Based on anonymous data collected in November, Fitbit found that users with one or more friends on the platform walk 700 more steps a day than users who go solo. The Feed is coming to Fitbit users in the US in March and the rest of the world later this year - we'll try to find out what this means.

Fitbit's big app update for 2017: Facebook-style feed, personal goals & Blaze features

Set specific, personal goals

In the main Fitbit app, there's a new Personal Goal Setting feature which we're sure is going to get a lot of use. It's designed to let you pick and choose what you want to work towards - weight, exercise, steps, sleep, nutrition etc, asking questions and giving more personalised recommendations. And it will roll out in January, before the fresh social stuff.

Fitbit's community is already a serious bonus in terms of motivation but the social push and personalised goals could make it the most truly useful health & fitness platform.

It has also updated its Fitstar Personal Trainer app with recommended workouts based on your activity, radio stations for exercise soundtracks and a redesign too.

Fitbit Blaze is getting Charge 2 features

A nice New Year gift to Blaze users as you'll now get Cardio Fitness Levels - a way to see your cardio fitness improving over time and compared to people the same age/gender - as well as Guided Breathing sessions, personalised to your breathing rate via Fitbit's PurePulse heart tracking tech. Nice & available globally in February 2017.

What do you think of the new Fitbit app features? What are you still waiting for? Let us know in the comments.

Fitbit's big app update for 2017: A Facebook-style feed, personal goals & Blaze features

5 Comments

  • thefencechild says:

    I love the fact that they are adding the charge 2 features to the blaze finally. Seems like something they should have done at first seeing the blaze is the more expensive tracker. 

    Too bad they didn't say anything about a good tracker that is waterproof. I may have to end up leaving fitbit over this.

  • jsherman says:

    Sounds great, especially the new features for the blaze, but I wish they would give us more exercise shortcuts for the blaze. 7 is way too limiting.and I agree with the waterproof feature 

    • FitbitFan64 says:

      While the Company doesn't recommend it, I have been showering with the Charge 2 every day since it was released (well over 6 months ago) and have never had a problem.  I did the same thing with my Charge before upgrading to the Charge 2 and also never had a problem with it.  It's very accurate in all respects and I find it particularly useful for tracking my sleep.  It knows and reminds me (via graph data automatically synced on my phone and MacBook Air) when I woke up to have early morning sex (HR pure pulse technology) or a late night snack! My $3K Tag Hauer divers watch remains in a drawer.

  • FitbitFan64 says:

    While the company doesn't recommend it, I have been showering with my Fitbit Charge 2 since it was launched (over 6 months ago) and have had no problems.  I also showered with my Fitbit Charge (approx 6 months) before upgrading and also had no problems with it either. It is incredibly useful and accurate, particularly when it come to sleep, steps and heartbeat.  It even reminds me (via automatically bluetooth synched graphical representation on my iPhone and MacBook Air) when I woke up for a late night snack or early morning sex (it shows I'm awake and my HR simultaneously goes through the roof for 10 min)!  

    • FitbitFan64 says:

      Also my $3,000 Tag Hauer has remained idle in a drawer over the last year.  May have to put my Tag on Ebay because I don't see any use for it going forward.

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