7 things you need to know about Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch

Fitbit's mass appeal smartwatch is here

It also made a decision to go with what it calls a "squircle" design - yes, really- softening the hard edges of a square with rounded corners to make it feel more inviting.

It comes in a choice of finishes: black, silver or rose gold. There are also two special edition models in graphite, with a charcoal grey band, and rose gold, with a lavender woven band. READ NEXT:Google publishes new research into how neural networks "think" Fitbit's targeting the Versa at general consumers who want a do-anything all-purpose smartwatch. The screen itself is considerably improved, sharing similar specifications to the Fitbit Ionic. The standard silicone bands will retail for $29.95, Horween leather bands will go for $49.95, and metal and mesh bands will be available for $79.95.

There's no on-board Global Positioning System, however, the Versa relying on a Bluetooth connection to your phone for that.

Park pointed to health matters such as diabetes, heart health, sleep disorders, and mental health as areas where Fitbit devices and the data they collect could potentially help medical professionals make diagnoses and treat patients. Theres built-in storage, allowing you to carry 300 songs from Deezer (in the United States and Europe).

When it comes to Fitbit Pay, the company's wearable payment service, the situation is a little. unusual. Stay tuned for a full review of the device before it launches.

Why the discrepancy? Melanie Chase, Fitbit's VP of marketing, told us the reason is that adoption for NFC payments has been slow in the States. Many women already use period-tracking apps, but Fitbit is building period-tracking into the Versa, so women can see how their periods affect their sleep and activity. With the smaller design, the Versa's is the lightest weight smartwatch made of metal now on the market, Fitbit says.


Female users can use the Fitbit app and the Versa to keep track of periods and record symptoms. The more rounded design should be giving you Pebble Time Steel flashbacks (Fitbit acquired Pebble a while back). Fitbit is bright and engaging, a pleasure to use and compatible with a great number of other services too.

For instance, it could recommend more sleep in the coming week because a bad period is on the way, or suggest easier ways to exercise if you're feeling too exhausted.

Versa shares numerous Ionic's features, including an app store, swim-tracking workouts, on-board music storage and 4-day battery life, so you can log sleep as well as steps.

The Versa will support Fitbit Pay, and the company says that its contactless payment system is now supported by 32 banks in 14 countries, with more arriving. There'll be reminders to log your food intake or take medication, celebrations for hitting goals and milestones, insights into your activity, sleep summaries, social challenges and prompts to take action on your data.

It will run Fitbit OS 2.0, which offers a new personalized dashboard and smart replies for Android users.

There have also been some tweaks to the way in which data is displayed on your wrist in what Fitbit is calling an integrated dashboard. The Fitbit Ace is set to be available in Q2 2018 and much like the Fitbit Versa, it can now be pre-ordered from the company.

Related News:



Most liked

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Trailer
But Grindelwald isn't the only one to return from hiding: Credence ( Ezra Miller ) the Obscurus who almost destroyed NY , is back. Grindelwald's villainy forces Albus Dumbledore to seek out Newt Scamander and ask him to help defeat the Dark wizard.

CIA's Pompeo brings insider's touch to secretary of state role
The move comes less than a week after the Trump administration agreed to a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr Trump's announcement.

Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) Stake Lessened by Credit Agricole SA
The regular trading started at $31.6 but as the trading progresses, the stock escalated, ending the session with a gain of 1.24%. Also, a -33.98% overturn in Dick's Sporting Goods , Inc. (NYSE:DKS) earned "Hold" rating by Wedbush on Wednesday, August 16.

Sukma: Nine CRPF personnel martyred in naxal attack
The attack comes almost 11 months after 25 CRPF jawans were killed by a gang of nearly 300 Naxals at a construction site in Sukma. He also said that the Sukma incident was "deeply distressing".

Iran's light crude oil price up 79 cents in a week
Last week's U.S.jobs data, as well as an easing of fears of a global trade war, boosted stocks across many parts of the world. Energy Information Administration said output from the shale basin would hit a new record high in April.

Verizon LG V30 Android 8.0 Oreo Update Released
There's no follow-up model yet as it is too early but good news, the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus are getting the Android Oreo update. Unfortunately, the update only includes the January security patch and not the latest one from March or even February.

Pakistan to play three T20Is with West Indies in Karachi
"Good news! West Indies have agreed to play 3 T20 matches in KARACHI on 1, 2 and 4th April", Sethi tweeted. Sethi also announced he was in talks with West Indies Cricket for a Twenty20 tri-series in United States.

American rapper, Craig Mack dies at 46
Brooklyn's DJ Scratch remembered Mack as the hardworking roadie who helped set up and break down his turntables on tours. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life, ' he shared.

Missouri's Jordan Barnett Arrested on Suspicion of DUI
However, after the Tigers were included in the field of 68 March Madness teams, they can start having some real fun. Florida State makes the national tournament for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the past 10 years.

Mourinho: Anything is possible if United reach Champions League quarters
Pogba was a notable omission during the Red Devils 2-1 victory over fierce-rivals Liverpool in the North West Derby on Saturday. Asked if United have the potential to go all the way this season, Mourinho was cautious.

Manchester United don't need Paul Pogba: Liverpool game showed that - Craig Burley
They rarely allowed United any meaningful time on the ball during the first leg and created a number of chances. Sevilla will go through if it ends in a score draw, and another 0-0 will see the tie go to extra time.

Frida Kahlo: Row erupts over Barbie doll based on artist
The Frida Kahlo Barbie is now available for pre-order on the Barbie website for $29.99, missing unibrow and all. Hayek was not the only one who raised her concern about Kahlo's image being used by a big corporate house.

Nicole Kidman Reuniting With 'Big Little Lies' Producers For New HBO Series
They had big success with Big Little Lies , so it's hardly surprising that Nicole Kidman and writer/producer David E. Check, and congratulations, you've completed the Roles I'd Like To See Nicole Kidman Play scorecard.

Boothbay Fund Management LLC Stake In Time Warner INC (TWX) Was Increased
The current share price indicates that stock is -13.23% away from its one year high and is moving 13.82% ahead of its 52-week low. Stock has got OUTPERFORM rating from 4 analyst (s) whereas last month 4 analyst (s) have given outperform rating.

Storm brushes area with a little snow overnight into Tuesday
After highs rise into the 60s Thursday we are tracking a chance of showers and thunderstorms by Thursday night . More snow returns later this afternoon and we again have the threat for some heavy snow bands or snow squalls.