Jawbone released Android app for Up, becomes my prime life tracker

Jawbone released Android app for Up, becomes my prime life tracker

Summary: Most fitness devices launched with support for iOS, but we are finally starting to see more updates for Android devices. Jawbone just released the Up application for Android.

TOPICS: Mobility, Android, Google
Jawbone released Android app for UP, becomes my prime life tracker
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Readers know I am a big fan of life activity trackers, and thanks to being the first to support Android and iOS, I have been using the Fitbit One for a couple months. Nike killed plans for Android, so now my Fuelband sits idle. I am extremely pleased to pass along the news that Jawbone added Android support and will be put back on my wrist again.

I wrote about the new Jawbone Up and purchased the light blue one as soon as it became available. I see they now have more colors available, including black, mint green, blue, light grey, and navy blue. I was going to hold out for navy blue, but the light blue one was available first. The Jawbone Up is available for $129.99.

The new Android app (Google Play Store link) functions just like the iOS app. I had planned on testing it on the HTC One, but unfortunately, the Up doesn't appear to work with the HTC One. It runs just fine on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. You can view the Up device compatibility list to see if your device is supported. I will do more testing as I use my Up with Android moving forward. I do have an iPhone 5, but it isn't always with me, and my Galaxy Note II is my primary device on T-Mobile.

Jawbone shared the following data results from the Up community:

  • People get the most sleep on the weekends

  • User are most engaged in logging meals on Mondays

  • Data has shown that activity doesn't necessarily mean working out: Users get the most steps on Fridays, but workout most on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

  • Users take the least steps on Saturdays and Sundays.

I actually take more steps on the weekends since I tend to take long runs on Saturday and Sunday. I completely agree with the sleep on the weekends statistic.

Travis Bogard, Jawbone vice president of product management and strategy, stated:

We are excited to expand the Up community by introducing support for Android, 11 new languages for iOS, and product availability in more than 25 additional countries around the world. Everyone wants to improve upon themselves; we've found this to be a fundamental human desire, no matter where a person is starting from or what they want to achieve. Today marks a big step toward our commitment to help people establish a basis for behavior change by bringing Up to everyone who wants to live better lives.


I am a big fan of these types of devices, and find when they are with me that I do take the stairs more often and tend to get up and move more frequently. I look forward to using my Up again with the HTC One (when it is supported) and Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Jawbone also announced that the Up is available internationally in Europe, with Asia, Australia, and the Middle East coming next month.

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  • I don't want to sound judgemental...

    I mean, if these things help you get or stay fit, cool.

    But the phrase 'primary life tracker' just sounds so creepy to me. The notion of having to track my life... I keep thinking of the movie "Defending your Life".
  • Does it do stairs?

    Can't find on their website but does the UP count stairs like the FitBit Ultra and FitBit One. I like the FitBit but their Flex does not do the stairs. I would give the UP a try if it did.
    • No, I agree that is handy to have

      Unfortunately, it does NOT track stairs and must not have an altimeter inside. I agree that this is one of the features I really like on the Fitbit One as well. I just keep leaving the small One in my pocket and it has even gone through a full washer and dryer cycle already. I like the wristband form factor better.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • re: Does it do stairs

      The ability to do stairs is why I bought the fitbit one instead of the the flex. I think the perfect device for me would be a fitbit one (complete with display) in the flex form factor. I want that data at my fingertips but I also don't want something that's easy to forget/lose.

      That said, I'm happy with my fitbit one and just hope they add Windows Phone and/or Windows 8 Bluetooth support soon.
  • Avoid the UP.

    In less than four months I have had two UP bands die, one in exactly two months, and the replacement in one month and ten days. Many people seem to be having exactly the same problem as evidenced by comments on reviews and forums. When your device fails, Jawbone will only replace it under warranty if you have the receipt. They also told me that because I bought my UP from Amazon (or any other store) they wouldn't do anything else because I hadn't purchased it from them.

    I cannot warn people strongly enough to AVOID THE UP. It has been nothing but problems and a waste of $129.99 for me.
  • Is the data accurate

    It just makes me wonder if people are only submitting the data they want, and not all data. In my every day routine, there could be activities I would not want to log, therefore I'm just volunteering partial data so if everyone else is doing that, what good is it. On a positive note, the Android app looks gorgeous. I've seen other apps win awards for less appealing apps than this. Actually if Jawbone was smart it would submit it for an award and the UP app would probably win - http://bit.ly/13dvp6w