While Nike may think Android is not a fit for a Fuel Band app, FitBit seems to be fully committed to the platform. Today, FitBit has released an updated Android app adding Bluetooth 4.0 support to allow the Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and Fitbit Flex to sync in real time throughout the day. Once the FitBit Flex is released this spring, users will be able to take advantage of the built-in NFC functionality, which can be used to launch the FitBit app when you tap your Flex band on your Android phone.
For now, FitBit is considering this release as a “beta” build since syncing can take up to 30 seconds, but that should change in the near future. Another update will bring the sync time down to 10 seconds. The FitBit app is currently compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Note II, but more devices should be added to the compatibility list in the near future.
If you own a FitBit product, download the latest app update and let us know what you think of the new Bluetooth 4.0 syncing functionality.
The Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and Fitbit Flex wireless activity trackers will now sync in real time directly with select Samsung devices, allowing you to see your Fitbit dashboard wherever you are, get real-time updates, receive motivating notifications and engage in fitness competitions with friends all on your Android device. By giving immediate feedback and encouraging you to move more, Bluetooth 4.0 syncing now further helps Android users make fitness part of their everyday lifestyle.
The Fitbit app for Android is available for the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Note II, with more devices to come. Fitbit’s Bluetooth 4.0 will be available in the Google Play marketplace and for all international markets.
Fitbit is on the forefront of mobile accessibility, initially as the first and only company in its category to offer an Android app, Fitbit is now the first and only to offer Android Bluetooth 4.0 syncing.
Fitbit continues to invest in mobile platforms to create the most motivating experience for users on the go. This updated Android app joins Fitbit’s iPhone, iPad and Microsoft Surface Tablet apps that essentially turn your smartphone or tablet into your dashboard, giving you access to Fitbit’s rich graphs and tools (leaderboard, badges, etc.) when you’re on the go to keep you motivated throughout the day.
Also, new to this Android app update is NFC compatibility, making the app even easier to use for owners of Flex. Simply tap your Flex band on your Android phone and it will automatically launch the Fitbit Android app. Your fitness stats from Flex, which seamlessly sync throughout the day, will be immediately at your fingertips.