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Fitbit Charge 3 update brings quick replies, accept/reject calls, Fitbit Pay

Fitbit is rolling out a firmware update which brings a few advertised but yet-to-be seen features, despite the device being on sale for over a month now. This includes quick replies, the ability to accept and reject calls and Fitbit Pay.

Quick replies

Perhaps the most anticipated of the lot is the Quick Replies feature for Android users. Just like on Ionic and Versa, this enables users to send one of five pre-populated quick replies to text messages and apps such as Twitter, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Line. Users will also be able to add their own replies, as long as they are up to 60-characters long.

Quick Replies is currently available on devices paired to Android phones running Android 7.0 or later. Devices paired to an iPhone can only respond to Fitbit app notifications, such as messages, cheers, taunts, and friend requests.

Accept/reject calls

Fitbit Charge 3 update brings quick replies, accept/reject calls, Fitbit PayFirmware update (1.44.33) also brings the ability to accept/reject phone calls right from your wrist. To accept a call that is coming through, simply tap the check mark on the Charge 3 screen. To reject a call or send the caller to voicemail, tap the X icon.

Fitbit Pay

Finally, if you’ve purchased the Special Edition Fitbit Charge 3 you’ll now be able to its NFC chip for payments on-the-go. Fitbit Pay is currently supported by more than 100 banks in 18 countries. Everything is managed from the Wallet section of the Fitbit app. This is where you can add/remove payment cards, set a default card, edit payment methods and review recent purchases.

Essential readingTop fitness trackers and health gadgets

Its good news that Fitbit is rolling out these features. What’s still missing are the dynamic health insights in the Fitbit app, along with the public version of Sleep Score.

The latter provides you with deep insights on your kip time and lets you know how your sleep patterns are contributing to your overall health. This also utilizes the relative SpO2 sensor to dish out a nightly score ranging from 0 to 100 so you’ll know at a glance how well you slept. Further down the line, the SpO2 sensor could be used to identify medical conditions such as sleep apnea.

Want better sleep? Fitbit’s new app might help.
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The 1.33.33 update is currently available to all users setting up Charge 3 for the first time. Others can expect to have it soon. To check what version you’re on open the smartphone app, tap on Charge 3, tap on Settings and scroll down to About.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

2 thoughts on “Fitbit Charge 3 update brings quick replies, accept/reject calls, Fitbit Pay

  • My Charge 2 band broke AGAIN – I’m heading for 73 years of age and the band can’t last more than 2 years!! I’ve replaced it 3 times since purchased! I’m thinking of leaving Fitbit, but I don’t want to get stuck with a product that has to be used with a certain type of phone. I read up on Fitbit Charge 3. Sounds good, but I’m concerned about the band durability. Any response will be appreciated.

    • Hi, I’ve tested both the Charge 3 and Charge 2. Charge 3 is a decent step up, larger screen, easier to read, longer battery life, etc. If your Charge 2 is not working, Charge 3 is the better option. There might be some good discounts for the holiday shopping season. Durability seems to be a bit of a lottery – some people have had Charge 2 for years, no problems – others have not been as lucky.


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