Fitbit app taps into iPhone 5s M7 motion processor for new MobileTrack feature

Fitbit-app-01The Fitbit iPhone app received a notable update today that brings basic tracking features directly to the iPhone 5s without the need of one of FitBit’s tracking watches. The new “MobileTracker” feature, which takes advantage of Apple’s new M7 motion co-processor, provides some of FitBit’s basic activity tracking features right on the device. The new feature, due to the new M7 motion co-processor, is currently only available on the iPhone 5s. The company is yet to make an official announcement, but with CES right around the corner we’d expect to hear more about the update soon.

As noted by the Fitbit employee in the tweet below, the update will allow iPhone 5s users to try basic features of the app before investing in the hardware.

The app also receives a number of other new features today including redesigned silent alarms, the ability to a set a custom water goal, and a revamped profile editor, tracker settings, and sign-up screen. A full list of what’s new in version 2.1 of the Fitbit app is below:

What’s New in Version 2.1

The Fitbit app now features MobileTrack which offers basic Fitbit activity tracking directly using your iPhone 5s.
Redesigned Silent Alarms settings. Set, switch, edit, and remove alarms faster than ever.
Set your own custom water goal.
Redesigned profile editor.
Redesigned tracker settings.
Redesigned sign-up and sign-in.
Tap on people in Friend Finder to see their profile.
Swipe on friends on your leaderboard to Cheer, Taunt, or Message.
Tap on tabs to auto-scroll to the top.

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Comments

  1. Ryan Callahan - 9 years ago

    Anybody have any word on the call notifications feature that was supposed to be available by the end of the year for Fitbit Force?

  2. Vinícius Porto - 9 years ago

    Jesus. Can’t you post a link?

  3. ikir - 9 years ago

    Very nice update!!!!

  4. Jackson Myers - 9 years ago

    You still need to buy the FitBit hardware ($99) in order to use features like the timer or trip counter for tracking your distance/speed on runs. But other M7 motion co processor apps like StepTracker (my app) give you this feature for free without investing in anything besides your iPhone. You can check it out here if you are interested: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/steptracker/id714439468?mt=8

  5. Gerald F. Shields Jr. - 9 years ago

    It’s nice, but I already have a fitbit flex and aria.

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