More than just an advanced fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 4 now features smarter alarms and better GPS. Among other improvements, software version 1.96.29 helps users stay on course day and night.
Whether taking your favorite path or exploring a new route, Fitbit’s “Dynamic GPS” function makes it easier to find your way: As 9to5Google reports, once enabled, the tool taps into your nearby smartphone’s GPS sensors to improve accuracy and extend battery life. If you prefer to travel light and leave all mobile devices at home, Charge 4 simply reverts to built-in GPS.
After a long day of reaching your step goal, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good night’s rest. So, trade that annoying digital alarm for Fitbit’s gently rousing “Smart Wake,” which uses sleep tracking technology to optimize your wake-up call—starting 30 minutes before the alarm you set. “It avoids waking you during deep sleep so you’re more likely to wake up feeling refreshed,” according to the Fitbit Help page. “If Smart Wake can’t find the best time to wake you, your alarm alerts you at the set time.”
The feature also works with Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa series devices. The update, rolling out now to all Charge 4 owners, includes the ability to adjust how long the screen remains on after it’s woken up via the “Screen Time Out” setting.
Fitbit in March unveiled the Charge 4—its first fitness tracker with integrated GPS. Starting at $149.95, the sleek gadget is available in black, purple, or blue; a special edition accessory with reflective strap will cost you $169.95. “Swimproof,” with a scratch-resistant touch display and features like Active Zone Minutes, personalized heart rate zones, Spotify control, and support for Fitbit Pay, the Charge 4 earned an excellent rating in PCMag’s review, as well as our Editors’ Choice award.