Fitbit offers first Bluetooth 4.0 fitness syncing on Android devices

Fitbit offers first Bluetooth 4.0 fitness syncing on Android devices
Over the past several months, we have seen the emergence of wireless activity trackers. Some of these devices just measure walking distance during a given day. Others will do that, plus monitor sleep patterns and provide tips to improve your sleep and encourage you to set activity or fitness goals. For those that have intrigued by these devices and how they synchronize with apps on iOS and Android devices, the iOS apps had a lot more functionality because of easy access for apps to use Bluetooth 4.0.

Android as an operating system does not inherently allow apps to access the Bluetooth 4.0 chips. However, with active lifestyle folks do not only use iOS devices, and as we all know, Android as an ecosystem dominates the marketplace.

The folks at Fitbit have been busily offering neat, unobtrusive ways to allow people to monitor their activity, set goals for healthier habits (including sleeping) and has a full spread of devices in the works to use with their Android app. Not only to the apps track your activity, but the apps will interact with other programs you might use, like Run Keeper, or Map My Fitness.

The Fitbit app for Android will track your activity, weight, food intake, sleep and provide you with an overall assessment along with recommended goals to make improvements. The app can work as a stand-alone feature, but when paired with the little accessories Fitbit makes to complement the activity tracked by the app, things get pretty interesting.

When paired with the Fitbit Zip ($59), the app will wirelessly sync even when it is in the background. That way when you open the app, you are presented with a real time activity against other data you log (such as the amount of walking versus calories consumed). Fitbit One ($99) does the same thing, but also adds measuring of your sleep cycle and synchronizes that activity with the app.

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Coming later this spring, the Fitbit Flex incorporates everything the Fitbit One does, but like Jawbone’s UP, it stays on your wrist and is meant to be “constant companion.” The Flex is expected to cost about $99 and will come in a variety of colors as one would expect.

The update to the app includes UI enhancements and graphing for historic data. However the enhancements allowing for Bluetooth 4.0 synchronization is currently available only for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Fitbit promises support to other devices in the future. In the meantime, if you are an active health nut, or want to be (or need to be), Android users have a pretty in-depth option with this updated app from Fitbit.  Images of the app, as well as information about the Fitbit Zip, Fitbit One, and Fitbit Flex are below.  The app is free in Google Play and works by itself too.  You can get it here if you want to take it for a spin.

source: Fitbit

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