There are currently a ton of fitness apps on the Play Store from a variety of brands, but the Fitbit app stands out as the best of the bunch – yes, especially if you own a Fitbit smartwatch or tracker. Along with the usual stuff like tracking your activities, the app goes beyond advanced features like daily reminders, tips, workout videos, and workout plans. Now, with a new update to its GUI, the app has gotten even better…or worse – it’s really up to you with this one.
Now rolling out to the Play Store, Fitbit for Android version 3.64.4 gave most of the in-app graphs (which include steps, distance, calories, sleep, heart rate, stress, etc.) a new coat of paint – or should we say a whiten? — since those colored gradient backgrounds have all been removed for white backgrounds (via 9to5Google).
The introductory prompt that will appear when you first access the new graphics claims that the redesign makes the whole thing “easier to read”. But given that the previous background colors helped people recognize and differentiate all of these health metrics, we think it’s fair to argue that such a possible benefit could be negated. The actual data plots that appear at the top of the grid, however, are more or less unchanged.
But really, the whole point of this change seems to be those new tabs at the top of the screen that let you quickly switch between weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly views, making the full-screen view redundant. Previously, you had to scroll through a chart to access these extended periods. There are also new left/right arrows under the tabs which should make it easier to navigate historical data.
Of course, we have our own thoughts on the change, but so will you, so we’ll conclude by saying that it will be some time before the update is released to most users.