News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 17, 2014.
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Despite ignoring Android for several years and saying with conviction that it had no interest in supporting what was by then the most popular mobile operating system, famed sportswear designer Nike has finally announced support for its Bluetooth-connected FuelBand to run on Android devices. The Nike+ FuelBand app for Android today launched and let users track and monitor their physical activity. The app connects to the FuelBand to show:
Sessions for workouts and the stats that chart performance Reminders at predefined intervals to perform physical activities Leaderboards to compare performance to friends using Nike+ history to show past activity Automatic syncing through Bluetooth LE (less energy) Profile and Settings to monitor account settings for apps or Nike+
The introduction of an Android app is a surprising move for Nike given its previous comments that iOS was its sole focus. Nike also signaled that it won't to be involved in the wearable computing market for much longer. The company laid off its hardware design team and is focusing on software, the majority of that focus reportedly going toward the Apple iWatch.
Whatever the cause for the introduction of an Android app, Nike says the app is now available in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Japan. The supports Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or later on the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One, Nexus 5 and the Moto X. The phone should be compatible on most Android 4.3 smartphones with Bluetooth LE, but the aforementioned devices are the most noted that have been optimized to work properly.Nike, via: Slash Gear
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.