FitBit Steps Up for Android

FitBit Steps Up for Android   mobile health Mobile Devices mHealth Fitbit Android At CES 2013 last month in Las Vegas, MHW observed countless mobile technologies being developed for general health and wellness purposes. One of the leaders in this field – FitBit – has been on a growth spurt since the convention ended. Just this week, in fact, FitBit brought a major product upgrade to the world’s most widely used mobile operating system.

“We’re excited to announce that wireless syncing with Android has arrived!” the company announced on its blog this week. “Our free Fitbit App for Android now syncs your Fitbit One and Zip stats directly to the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Note II. With our app, you can sync your stats wirelessly (beta) and see how you are tracking against your daily goals, with friends, and against historic averages.”

The app, which can be download now from Google Play, presented no shortage of challenges in the prep stages. After all, the Android OS does not provide apps with access to the Bluetooth 4.0 chips in newer phones. To work around this, some phones instead have custom software that provides access to Bluetooth 4.0. Since this software is different for each phone, FitBit’s team has worked on developing a solution for each phone independently.

“Those who’ve been able to take advantage of wireless background syncing already have been telling us how they’ve worked to get their extra steps in after receiving notifications that they’re close to their goal, or how they find motivation from the instant feedback right on their Dashboard,” FitBit says. “We are very excited to bring this feature to our Android users!”

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