Fitbit UWP app updates, Ionic full compatibility

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Last reported on a year ago, for v2.14, the official Fitbit client for Windows 10 Mobile has seen numerous updates, the last of which was this month. Gratifyingly, Fitbit is maintaining full cross-platform compatibility for its fitness accessories with Windows 10 Mobile - so that includes notifications (for which Redstone 2 added exra support and for which the August 'Patch Tuesday' update finally finished the implementation) and full support for the very latest Ionic smartwatch, also detailed and linked below.

Just bundling up some links and text of interest here. There's no actual changelog summary for recent updates to the Fitbit application for Windows 10 Mobile (so much happens server side and in W10M itself), but notable was:

Support for OAuth2.0. We’ve been noticing some token refresh issues and made fixes to resolve them. Should be mostly invisible to everyone.

Note that not all features will work on Windows Phone 8.1 devices, this client was frozen back in Spring 2016 and new developments since then have all been for Windows 10 only. The appropriate version of the application should get served up according to the Store and OS on your device. Either way, you can grab the Fitbit application for Windows 10 (Mobile) here in the Store.

On the subject of Fitbit's support for Windows 10 Mobile, one of the Fitbit development program managers was quoted in their forums as saying:

1. Fitbit has always wanted to support our users, whatever their platforms of choice.

2. People who use Windows 10, including on mobile devices, have supported Fitbit by buying our products and we intend to support them in return. As long as Windows users continue to purchase and use our products with the platform, it justifies the investment in developing on Windows. (This is where I want to again thank everyone for supporting us!).

3. Building a UWP means that there is very little work needed to specifically support W10 Mobile, outside of what we do to support Windows 10 in general.

This is a very complex topic, and I’d love to explain more in the future if possible.

Would but more companies (including even Microsoft) take this view.

Finally, Fitbit recently announced a top of the line fitness smartwatch and it's going to be 100% compatible with Windows 10 Mobile. Here, WindowsCentral had a good write-up, including:

Earlier today, smart fitness company Fitbit announced its long rumored new Ionic sports watch. Featuring built-in GPS, water resistance for swim mode, onboard storage for music, and more the Ionic looks like all the modern fitness and lifestyle features jammed into one device.

Fitbit has been a big supporter of Windows 10 since day one with arguably one of the nicest Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps around. The app works across PC, Mobile, and even Xbox and holographic, making it a leading example of what Microsoft intends developers to do with its tools. It's also regularly updated and has had a very active beta program.

Fitbit Ionic

Still, with Windows 10 Mobile essentially in maintenance mode (a.k.a. "Feature2") some users are questioning if the recently announced Ionic, Flyer Bluetooth headphones, and the Aria 2 smart scale will work with Windows phones.

The answer is yes with no caveats to mention. In speaking with Fitbit's Tristan Rice, Product Manager Core UX and Windows Platform, he stated Fitbit's plans:

I want to confirm that Fitbit Ionic, Flyer and Aria 2, are all 100% supported through our Windows 10 UWP and that includes Mobile & Desktop. If you are using Windows 10 Mobile, you will have the same functionality as on iOS and Android.

Indeed, payments and music especially are a part of the Windows 10 Mobile support. Rice goes on to say that for music "we're working to make that experience best on Windows 10".

Even with Windows 10 Mobile winding down Microsoft still needs to ensure its Bluetooth functionality in the OS is on par with current trends especially if they ever hope to get back into the mobile space in 2018, whatever form that may take.

You can read the whole article here.

The new Fitbit Ionic does look extremely tasty - if expensive - and is available for pre-order today on Fitbit's UK web page and will carry a price tag of £300. The new device will ship within a month, i.e. by the end of September.

There's a promo video, of course: