fitbit versa vs fitbit ionic
  • Fitbit OS 2.0 is now rolling out to Fitbit Ionic smartwatches.
  • First launched on the Versa, v2.0 brings the new Fitbit Today feature, much-needed UI improvements, and more.
  • Only 10% of users are getting the update today, and all users should expect to receive the update within a few weeks.

One of the best things about the upcoming Fitbit Versa smartwatch is its vastly improved software. Now that software is making its way to the Fitbit Ionic.

The biggest new feature in Fitbit OS 2.0 is called Fitbit Today — a much more intuitive and informative dashboard that displays all your health and fitness data. Swiping up from the clock face will pull up Fitbit Today, giving you quick access to daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, and recent exercises.

Also new in this update is the ability to add Deezer playlists to your Fitbit Ionic.

Quite a few usability improvements are being added too:

  • Swiping down from the clock face now displays your notifications. For some reason, you previously had to swipe up from the bottom of the clock face to see your notifications.
  • Pressing and holding the back button now displays your music controls, payments, and the shortcuts screen.
  • Some of the applications have been reordered on the app screen.

The version update does not feature Fitbit’s female health tracking feature. That isn’t arriving until Spring 2018. Additionally, Fitbit will introduce reminders, celebrations, logging, insights, sleep summaries, and social challenges to the Versa and Ionic sometime in 2018, though an exact release date has yet to be revealed.

What I’m most excited about, however, is the fact that Fitbit OS 2.0 felt so smooth on the Versa compared to Fitbit OS on the Ionic. A Fitbit representative told Android Authority that there aren’t many drastic changes under the hood between the two devices, so we can infer that this v2.0 update will help the Ionic get rid of some of its stutters and lag.

Unfortunately you might have to wait to update your watch. Fitbit says it’s only rolling out the update to 10% of Ionic users at this time, with the full rollout wrapping up within a few weeks’ time. To update your watch, open the Fitbit app, tap the Account button, and click Update. If you don’t see the update option, the new software version isn’t yet available for your device.

We haven’t received the update on our smartwatch yet, but we’ll be sure to report back once we receive it.