Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics

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Fitbit today announced a two-pronged update to its popular line of fitness trackers, adding support for in-depth bike-tracking on the Fitbit Surge and allowing users to easily switch between multiple Fitbit models with "Multi-Tracker Support."

The company says the added support will grant customers more ease-of-use in switching amongst Fitbit devices throughout the day, or week, allowing them to choose "the right tracker for any occasion." The update lets any one user pair up to six Fitbit trackers - the maximum amount of Fitbit variants on the market - to their Fitbit account.

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After the initial pairing stage, Fitbit will automatically notice when a user switches trackers without needing to enter the Fitbit app. The company notes that as a user transitions amongst trackers throughout the day, for example wearing a "Fitbit One to work, Fitbit Surge for a run, or Tory Burch for Fitbit for a night on the town," the Fitbit app never pauses or hiccups in curating the usual array of steps and calories burnt as a single statistic across every device.

Also announced today is an update specifically to Fitbit Surge, using GPS and "other advanced sensors" to provide a comprehensive overview of various bike riding statistics, including: distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, and calories burned. Already the beefiest Fitbit, with a 7-day battery life and on-board GPS tracking sensors, the company hopes to broaden its fitness-friendly device with the new cycling-specific features.

“Our users are passionate about fitness and have consistently requested a way to track their outdoor cycling activity. We are delivering this feature on Fitbit Surge for active consumers looking to track and better understand performance during rides, in addition to their other workouts,” said Tim Roberts, VP of Interactive, Fitbit. “Our goal is to provide users with the tools it takes to track their exercise and reward them for doing the activities they love to do most – like biking and running.”

Fitbit noted that while the Multi-Tracker Support is slated to hit later this week, the bike-tracking features won't roll out in North America until sometime in April, "with global availability coming soon." The nebulous April launch window for the cycling-focused update sees the company beefing up the features of the Fitbit Surge, the tracker most in direct competition with the Apple Watch, which at $249 is still $100 cheaper than the 38mm Apple Watch Sport.

Top Rated Comments

MacrumoursUser Avatar
76 months ago
No Health app support no sale.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kcirtap00 Avatar
76 months ago

No Health app support no sale.


I find the Health app clunky and unusable. The Fitbit app is much better in terms of UI I think.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stella Avatar
76 months ago
Without any type of ANT support I can't take this seriously to analyse bike usage.

GPS to gather speed data is unreliable depending on the environment - i.e., heavily wooded areas, or large built up areas - with tall buildings. When your stopped, the GPS will still record that you are moving even if 0.5 km/h, which will screw up the overall speeds.

The heart rate monitor on this device isn't actually great either.

I'd rather use dedicated speed / cadence devices that fit on to the bike. Much more reliable.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
paulrbeers Avatar
76 months ago
I prefer my Garmin Vivosmart. Works with all ANT devices (including cadence meters for my bike, and my Heart Rate Monitor strap). Not to mention it also does all iOS notifications (not just text and calls). It gets several days worth of us before it needs a charge (I usually charge it after 3-4 days, but even when I get a low battery warning it still goes the rest of the day).

The only thing it lacks is GPS, but I'm okay with that. I still have my Garmin 405 watch if I really need it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2bikes Avatar
76 months ago

I've been waiting for a device specifically for biking. Clunky bike computers suck and I don't want to carry my iPhone, as I've dropped it. I'll look more into this.


How about Garmin Edge 500?
Nothing worn on a wrist is biking friendly.
In addition, there are cases with strings that you can tie to your jersey for smartphones.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
furi0usbee Avatar
76 months ago
I've been waiting for a device specifically for biking. Clunky bike computers suck and I don't want to carry my iPhone, as I've dropped it. I'll look more into this.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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