Fitbit Charge 2 tracking issues are being addressed with a software update

Company admits it's been having some problems with its fitness tracker
Fitbit admits Charge 2 has tracking issues

If you bought a Fitbit Charge 2 recently and noticed that the accuracy of the tracking data has been a bit off, don't worry, Fitbit has spotted it too.

The wearable tech giant has confirmed that it has been having a few problems with its new fitness tracker, specifically around the way different modes are being tracked using connected GPS for activities like walking, hiking and while in interval mode. It's also spotted problems when using multi-sport tracking for run and treadmill activities.

Fitbit has now issued a pair of software updates that it believes will sort everything out.

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Speaking to The Verge, a spokesperson from Fitbit confirmed that it had, "recently uncovered two software bugs that affect specific uses of Charge 2", adding that, "these software errors caused the tracker to occasionally calculate stats like pace and distance with less precision than we expect from our products."

The software updates are available to download now for all Fitbit Charge 2 users. When we tested the Charge 2 last month, we didn't experience any of the issues highlighted by Fitbit, and generally found the Charge HR successor to be a reliable tracker to use.

It's good to see Fitbit acknowledge that its new device wasn't quite up to scratch at launch and has offered a solution in such a speedy fashion.

Source: The Verge


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4 Comments

  • TheByteSmasher says:

    Weird...because https://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/1372 update says GPS and multisport improvements and that was a week ago.. these articles today seem like it's still an issue and another update is forthcoming... 

  • Croshed says:

    Too late, I already returned mine. Not only is the tracking off, the steps counter is WAY off. The heart rate monitor is OK most of the time, but faults at least twice a day with spikes. The most disappointing flaw was the sleep tracker. Although it was very accurate for sleep & wake accuracy, there was very little to no data in between (heart rate, motion, etc).

  • fran says:

    It's amazing what an IPO does to a company. I used to love their products pre-IPO. But once they have gone public, their products quality have just gone downhill. It might not be the latest and greatest...I'm still a fan of the garmin vivosmart...good battery and tracking with minimal issues.

  • Sherrymorss says:

    I bought two of the Fitbit Charge 2 trackers. I've had mine just less than a week. For three days in a row, while tracking my steps, it has gotten stuck at 2991, 2997, and today at 2987. The first day I called Fitbit at customer support and they told me how to reset it. It took 3 attempts, but did finally reset. The next day when it got stuck, I called them again. I explained that I'm not going to put up with resetting this tracker every single day. Also, it takes several attempts to get it to start tracking again. I must say, customer service was very polite and it didn't take very long to speak with a live person. After explaining how I felt, the representative consulted someone and came back on line to tell me they would ship me a new tracker. He said they'd never heard of this problem before. So today, while waiting for my new tracker, this one stopped again. I appreciate that things can happen and a faulty product can get into a customer's hands. I also appreciate being sent a new tracker. My issue is the other one I bought is a gift for my daughter. What if this isn't an isolated incident? I don't want to give my daughter a piece of junk. I guess I'll go ahead and gift it to here and hope for the best. The other thing is it sure in annoying to have my stats so screwed up over this faulty tracker. If I have any issues with the new one, I'm looking for a different brand of tracker. 

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