Fitbit just rolled out a new software update for its Charge HR and Surge fitness trackers, making the devices smarter and the user lazier when it comes to logging their workouts.
Called SmartTrack, the new feature automatically tracks activities when the devices are worn, and will upload workout data directly to the Fitbit app. Previously, users had to manually start their workouts in order for them to be tracked by tapping a button or swiping throughout the activity menu.
Now, SmartTrack will record and log workouts without the user having to do anything after they have been active for at least 15 continuous minutes. Users can also adjust this time to activate the feature before or after the 15-minute mark. This could be especially beneficial for runners who don't want to waste time when double-checking that they started their workout.
SmartTrack is capable of identifying activities like running, walking, biking, elliptical workouts, other aerobic workouts like Zumba and cardio-kickboxing and sport activities like basketball and soccer. However, users also have the ability to select the types of activities they want SmartTrack to recognize, such as for an extensive cleaning of the house while prepping for the holidays or a planned racquetball tournament.
Fitbit's app includes a new feature that allows users to set daily and weekly goals. The new goal feature lets users choose how many days per week they plan on exercising, as well as the types of activities they want to count toward their goals.
FitBit also updated its PurePulse heart rate technology that is activated in Exercise Mode for Fitbit Charge HR users and the multi-sport modes on Fitbit Surge to provide real-time heart rate data during and after high-intensity workouts.
The SmartTrack and PurePulse software update is available to Charge HR and Surge devices starting today. The iOS and Windows app update rolled out as well today, with the Android update coming soon.