The official version of the new software that the Blaze now features is firmware version 8.301.4. While that may not sound like the most attractive update number ever, it's easily the biggest and most important software update that the Blaze has yet to receive. Once you update your Fitbit Blaze to this latest firmware version, it will be able to receive and show you notifications from third-party apps. This feature has been a long time coming, and while some may argue that the Blaze is too far in its life cycle for this to make a big difference, it's a great addition to have if you were on the fence about getting a Blaze in the first place. While the support for third-party app notifications certainly doesn't make the Fitbit Blaze the best fitness tracker or smartwatch out there, it does correct a rather serious issue the wearable has been facing since its initial launch.
In addition to supporting third-party notifications, the Fitbit Blaze will also now support emojis, reminders to get up and move when you've been inactive for too long, and comes with 5 brand new watch faces. Of these 5 faces, 2 of them are digital ones and the other 3 are of the analog style. While these new faces won't be getting any awards for astonishing design or good looks, they're definitely nice inclusions to have if you've been getting bored of the watch faces you currently have access to on your Blaze if you happen to own one.
This update for the Fitbit Blaze is rolling out now, and while there are certainly better options out there if you're in the market for a new fitness tracker/smartwatch, the Blaze is at least worth considering at this point. It took a bit longer than we would have liked, but as they say, better late than never.