Fitbit releases Android app


You know the story: someone creates an accessory that connects to a smartphone, and only adds support for iOS. It's happened so many times now that conspiracy theorists would have a field day listing all of them. The Fitbit was the same at first, with the iPhone app having been out since October. Luckily the Android app was in development, and has now been released. 

The Fitbit itself is a fitness accessory. It's essentially a nice looking clip-on wireless sensor that measures motion and altitude and uses the data to tell you how far you've walked, how many stairs you've climbed, and even how well you've slept (by measuring how much you move at night). The mobile app adds to this by letting you track food and water consumption, see your Fitbit data, and so on. Combined they provide a statistics system for those that want to stay fit, and perhaps even a game-like aspect to being healthy for those that don't. 

Of course you need a Fitbit to get much use out of the app, and that will set you back $99, which includes the Fitbit and the wireless base station that charges the Fitbit and syncs the data to the cloud when the Fitbit is in range. It can be purchased from the company's website, while the app is available from Google Play – and of course the App Store for iPhone. 

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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