It’s been nearly two years since Nike released the original FuelBand fitness tracker, and as I’m sure you’ll be aware, consumers have only been able to use the fitness band if they had an iOS device.
Ever since its release back in 2012, health-minded consumers have pleaded with Nike to release an alternative app for other mobile platforms, but their requests went unacknowledged
Well, today the moment has come (albeit for some) consumers who use an Android powered smartphone. As of now, anyone who happens to have one of a handful of Android device will be able to take full advantage of what the FuelBand has to offer.
Even though consumers have been begging for months about a companion app for other mobile platforms, it’s come as quite a surprise considering the rumours that have been circulating lately suggesting that Nike were contemplating discontinuing the product and laying off workers in it’s hardware division. And, although it seems that some staff were made redundant, Nike are demonstrating that they are keen to increase growth of the product and get it on the wrists of more consumers that any of its competitors – and today is certainly the first step in doing that.
Now, we should actually point out that the new Android app will only work with the newer FuelBand SE; this is due to the fact that the app requires that the phone supports Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) to function – something that is currently not available on all Android devices.
Currently the list of supported handsets include the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Nexus 5, HTC One and also the Moto X. Although I’m sure as more smartphones enter the market, I’m sure that app will fully support these too. So, if you’ve been contemplating purchasing a Nike FuelBand, or perhaps you’ve made the switch from iOS to Android, you can head on over to the PlayStore where the app can be downloaded now.