Feb 11 AT 4:51 PM Dustin Earley 31 Comments

Nike has no plans to add Fuelband support for Android

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Nike has revealed today that, despite its status as the most popular operating system in the world, they have no plans to develop an Android app compatible with the fitness tracking gadget Fuelband. Apparently, there’s no room to develop for Android when you’re stuck in Apple’s pocket.

According to the statement released by Nike today in response to a tweet from the company Twitter, Nike wants to focus on the web and iOS:

To deliver the best experience for all Nike+ FuelBand users, we are focusing on the FuelBand experience across iOS and nikeplus.com, where you can sync your activity, set new goals, and connect with friends. At this time, we are not working on an Android version of the mobile app.Nike PRNike

Focusing on a select few platforms in order to create the best product possible is understandable. But Nike is not just abandoning a huge part of the market; they’re blowing it wide open for competitors. There’s a good chance this poor decision is going to haunt them later on.

To those of you who have been using a Fuelband and waiting for an Android app (since Nike did promise one at launch), it looks like it may be time to move on.

Source: DroidLife

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  • http://thebackslash.com G3K

    Both of my Fuelbands bricked themselves within seconds of connecting to my computer (an APPLE computer, mind you.) And I bought them on the expectation that I’d get an Android app eventually. What a waste of money.

  • alexanderharri3

    Nike fitness and Apple have been in bed together since the start of the nano implementation. They’re crazy to not support the mass that is Android….unless they’re implying their product is hipster only.

    • honourbound68

      It shouldn’t be a surprise bec Tim Cook sits on the Board of Directors. It’s ok bec Fuelbands are not that great anyway. Fitbit is much better.

  • Leroy

    Nike,y’all tripping.

  • R.S

    “Nike has no plans to support add Fuelband support for Android.”

    That’s fine (for me) because I have no plans to support Nike’s Fuelband.

    It does however suck for those who bought one with the promise of them later supporting Android.

  • surethom

    Well it is there loss , they are missing out on tens of thousands of pounds by not supporting the number 1 operation system.

  • golfpedaler

    WOW!! I’m very tired of the lack of support for Android products. There is another world out there besides Apple and iOS. Supporting both operating systems only make good business sense. It sounds like Nike may be slipping like Apple stock…

  • Kenny O

    I got one of these for X-mas, it pretty much is nothing but a big fat disappointment and this is the icing on the cake. It’s not accurate in the least bit and has no real way of even knowing how hard you are working out – or if you are working out at all.

    I woke up, pulled it off the charger, put it on and drove to work. I was at work for less than an hour and pressed the button to check the time – somehow I had hit my “goal” of burning 10k calories and took 10k steps. Another time I put it on right before the gym, an hour on the stationary bike and no fuel points. Garbage.

    • Kenny O

      *edit: that was supposed to be 3,000 calories

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      I think these kinds of sensors are best for walking and running. For other activities, they are less accurate. A pulse/heart rate will help giving more accurate data

  • GreenGriffin

    I had wanted a fuel band from the day they were announced (though, still not available directly in NZ it is easy enough to get them through the Internet) but had held off because they didn’t have Android support.
    To be honest, this announcement is still disappointing – I still did want to get one (though without Android support I won’t).

    I understand Apple and Nike have a close relationship, but I thought that was more tied to an exclusivity deal when Nike+ running stuff was first released – I thought the Nike+ app for Android was a sign Nike were willing to develop for Android… guess not.

  • joe

    “To those of you who have been using a Fuelband and waiting for an Android app (since Nike did promise one at launch), it looks like it may be time to move on”

    no, it may be time demand a full refund and do it loudly

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    Ok. It took me a moment…but here is what we need to do. We need to put the term of “Pulling a Nike” to mean not doing what you said you were going to do.

    For example:

    “Yeah, my brother was going to help me move. I mean we talked about it for months…Then he goes and pulls a Nike on me and doesn’t show.”

  • aranea

    I was thinking about buying something like this but now nike is out of the possible purchase plans.

  • dbuck

    I prefer Vibrams and Adidas anyway.

  • Neil

    If you live in the UK and bought one (are these available in the UK?) expecting an Android app as “promised” at launch you might be able to return it to the retailer you bought it from under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 since it is both no longer suitable for purpose nor as described by the manufacturer.

  • Slith

    I gave up and returned the Fuelband awhile ago. This will haunt them sooner rather than later I predict.

  • ibap

    So are they really saying it is taking so much concentration to perfect the iApp (i.e. make it bulletproof for the typical Apple user) that they can’t be distracted by developing an Android app for an audience that will be technically vocal and critical?

  • NasLAU

    I wanted one since launch. Waited for the app. Good thing I didn’t buy one of would come.

    Time to give that new fitbit a look.

  • donger

    No point in waiting.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    >> There’s a good chance this poor decision is going to haunt them later on.

    I don’t know … at least in the US. Personally, I am a big fan of Adidas, especially its Original, O by O, Y3, and SLVR lines. They are not just sportwear — they are FASHION. But Nike still beats Adidas in the US with little resistance.

  • Droidweb

    How about they just open up an API and let an enterprising developer make an app for Android if they “don’t have time” for it?

  • Spare Change

    Time to boycott all Nike products…

  • jonstle

    It is funny to see how companies use excuses like that to ignore the majority. Sadly it is there loss.

  • Andrew

    I’m so glad I just preordered the FitBit Flex. Already has an Android app. Sorry, Nike.

  • Paul

    Any way to make Nike severely regret that decision? Make them eat those words? Suggestions?

    Develop your own app to interact with it, make it better than the iOS app? Hack the Nike fuelband to do more but only if using Android? Create a massive anti-nike-fuelband campaign? Get members of a certain organization to ‘pull a sony’ on Nike? It just irks me..

  • Mix

    Someone else will release something similar only better and cheaper without the Nike “swoosh” logo tax.

  • masterpfa

    C’est La Vie
    I won’t be losing any sleep over this but for those who had purchased with the promise of a future Android app have every right to be peeved.

    There is a world outside Nike and the market will dictate, but as a result any future products will be shunned by the non iOS user.

  • docsparks

    Yeah. What a surprise, another major company that cant make good with their promises towards Android users. A first right? Nom nom nom.

    It seems more and more companies lately, and realizing its acceptable to abandon, lie, and change their game plan, long after the planning process. Thanks Android.

  • roland

    Anyone want to buy my fuell band

  1. Both of my Fuelbands bricked themselves within seconds of connecting to my computer (an APPLE computer, mind you.) And I bought them on the expectation that I’d get an Android app eventually. What a waste of money.

  2. Nike fitness and Apple have been in bed together since the start of the nano implementation. They’re crazy to not support the mass that is Android….unless they’re implying their product is hipster only.

  3. LeroyGuest 2 years ago

    Nike,y’all tripping.

  4. “Nike has no plans to support add Fuelband support for Android.”

    That’s fine (for me) because I have no plans to support Nike’s Fuelband.

    It does however suck for those who bought one with the promise of them later supporting Android.

  5. Well it is there loss , they are missing out on tens of thousands of pounds by not supporting the number 1 operation system.

  6. WOW!! I’m very tired of the lack of support for Android products. There is another world out there besides Apple and iOS. Supporting both operating systems only make good business sense. It sounds like Nike may be slipping like Apple stock…

  7. Kenny OGuest 2 years ago

    I got one of these for X-mas, it pretty much is nothing but a big fat disappointment and this is the icing on the cake. It’s not accurate in the least bit and has no real way of even knowing how hard you are working out – or if you are working out at all.

    I woke up, pulled it off the charger, put it on and drove to work. I was at work for less than an hour and pressed the button to check the time – somehow I had hit my “goal” of burning 10k calories and took 10k steps. Another time I put it on right before the gym, an hour on the stationary bike and no fuel points. Garbage.

  8. I had wanted a fuel band from the day they were announced (though, still not available directly in NZ it is easy enough to get them through the Internet) but had held off because they didn’t have Android support.
    To be honest, this announcement is still disappointing – I still did want to get one (though without Android support I won’t).

    I understand Apple and Nike have a close relationship, but I thought that was more tied to an exclusivity deal when Nike+ running stuff was first released – I thought the Nike+ app for Android was a sign Nike were willing to develop for Android… guess not.

  9. joeGuest 2 years ago

    “To those of you who have been using a Fuelband and waiting for an Android app (since Nike did promise one at launch), it looks like it may be time to move on”

    no, it may be time demand a full refund and do it loudly

  10. Ok. It took me a moment…but here is what we need to do. We need to put the term of “Pulling a Nike” to mean not doing what you said you were going to do.

    For example:

    “Yeah, my brother was going to help me move. I mean we talked about it for months…Then he goes and pulls a Nike on me and doesn’t show.”

  11. I was thinking about buying something like this but now nike is out of the possible purchase plans.

  12. I prefer Vibrams and Adidas anyway.

  13. NeilGuest 2 years ago

    If you live in the UK and bought one (are these available in the UK?) expecting an Android app as “promised” at launch you might be able to return it to the retailer you bought it from under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 since it is both no longer suitable for purpose nor as described by the manufacturer.

  14. I gave up and returned the Fuelband awhile ago. This will haunt them sooner rather than later I predict.

  15. So are they really saying it is taking so much concentration to perfect the iApp (i.e. make it bulletproof for the typical Apple user) that they can’t be distracted by developing an Android app for an audience that will be technically vocal and critical?

  16. I wanted one since launch. Waited for the app. Good thing I didn’t buy one of would come.

    Time to give that new fitbit a look.

  17. No point in waiting.

  18. >> There’s a good chance this poor decision is going to haunt them later on.

    I don’t know … at least in the US. Personally, I am a big fan of Adidas, especially its Original, O by O, Y3, and SLVR lines. They are not just sportwear — they are FASHION. But Nike still beats Adidas in the US with little resistance.

  19. DroidwebGuest 2 years ago

    How about they just open up an API and let an enterprising developer make an app for Android if they “don’t have time” for it?

  20. Spare ChangeGuest 2 years ago

    Time to boycott all Nike products…

  21. It is funny to see how companies use excuses like that to ignore the majority. Sadly it is there loss.

  22. AndrewGuest 2 years ago

    I’m so glad I just preordered the FitBit Flex. Already has an Android app. Sorry, Nike.

  23. PaulGuest 2 years ago

    Any way to make Nike severely regret that decision? Make them eat those words? Suggestions?

    Develop your own app to interact with it, make it better than the iOS app? Hack the Nike fuelband to do more but only if using Android? Create a massive anti-nike-fuelband campaign? Get members of a certain organization to ‘pull a sony’ on Nike? It just irks me..

  24. Someone else will release something similar only better and cheaper without the Nike “swoosh” logo tax.

  25. C’est La Vie
    I won’t be losing any sleep over this but for those who had purchased with the promise of a future Android app have every right to be peeved.

    There is a world outside Nike and the market will dictate, but as a result any future products will be shunned by the non iOS user.

  26. Yeah. What a surprise, another major company that cant make good with their promises towards Android users. A first right? Nom nom nom.

    It seems more and more companies lately, and realizing its acceptable to abandon, lie, and change their game plan, long after the planning process. Thanks Android.

  27. Anyone want to buy my fuell band