Fitbit adds Android direct syncing support for Galaxy S III and Note II users

Fitbit adds Android direct syncing support for Galaxy S III and Note II users

Summary: The Fitbit One is my ultimate life tracking device and with the new support for select Android devices, iOS already supported, it further secures the top spot for life trackers in my book.

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Fitbit adds Android direct syncing support for Galaxy S III and Note II users
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I just wrote up a post on how Nike dropped Android development to focus only on iOS and then received an email from Fitbit that they now have an Android client for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II that supports direct syncing via Bluetooth to the Fitbit One, Zip, and upcoming Flex. I connected my Note II to my Fitbit One and am pleased with the performance and direct connectivity.

There has been an Android app for a while, but it simply connected to the Fitbit server on the Internet to collect the latest data that you synced via your computer or iOS device. Direct syncing to Android devices, and iOS too, is important to me since my Fitbit One lives in my small pants pocket or clipped on my body and I still want to check on my current status while also entering water and food consumption data. I rarely look directly at the display or interact with it so having this direct sync capability on my Note II is important to me.

Wireless syncing for Android and iOS becomes even more important as the Fitbit Flex gets ready to roll out since that device has no viewable display. There are status indicator lights, but a smartphone is needed to check on the data that is being collected by the Flex. Having Android support actually helps me decide to stick with the more powerful Fitbit One since things such as stairs climbed is an important metric for me.

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  • If you own a Nexus, FitBit is as bad as Nike.

    And now Android fragmentation takes on a new dimension.
    matthew_maurice
  • er, why is there only support for 3 devices?

    shouldn't it support every android device or none at all? what am I missing here?
    theoilman
    • Uh, Android fragmentation?

      The downside to all that platform "openness" is that it makes it extremely difficult to develop software that can interact with such varied hardware. Add the fact that there are 3 major and about 8 minor versions of Android OS in common usage out there, and the problem gets exponentially larger. But hey, "open is better."
      matthew_maurice
    • it's bluetooth 4.0

      What I've heard is that fitbit syncs via Bluetooth 4.0 and most Android phones don't support Bluetooth 4.0.
      kiz
  • Where's the Windows tablet and phone love?

    The fitbit sync takes Bluetooth 4.0. I believe that all Windows 8 tablets and many laptops support Bluetooth 4.0. Wouldn't it make sense to update the Win8 app to support syncing? I know that would be great for me!

    Also, WP8 supports Bluetooth 4.0 so a fitbit app for WP8 would be awesome as well.
    kiz
    • Fitbit works with Windows 8

      I have the Fitbit Windows app installed and syncing on my Surface Pro. I used it with the included BLE dongle, but now that you mention it I should be able to sync without the dongle and Bluetooth turned on. I'll try that out. I needed the USB dongle for my older MacBook Pro and didn't even think to check the BT stack in the Surface Pro.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Doesn't work for me

        I have Windows 8 installed on a MacBook Pro via Bootcamp and I can't get it to sync via Bluetooth (but that may be a hardware issue on my part).
        kiz
  • A Smartwatch display is the perfect combo to the Fitbit

    I posted on this @ http://augmentedtraffic.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/support-for-fitbit-in-augmented-smartwatch-pro-for-sony-and-metawatch/

    Fitbit display on the Pebble, Sony and MetaWatch!

    @palmsolo I believe I heard on your podcast that you have a Pebble on the way
    augmentedtraff