If you have been following up on the countless numbers of stories on how the big smartphone players in the game have been increasingly trying to bring in features that are linked to health and fitness, you shouldn't be surprised by the report that's about to follow.
According to reports, Sony has updated its barrage of Lifelog and SmartBand fitness apps so that it can now run of Android-based devices that are not necessarily bearing a Sony Xperia tag to them.
Sony introduced its SmartBand tracker back at CES, and while it was a more flexible and affordable option than some of the others in the same competition, its usage was kept constrained to Sony Xperia models.
Now, however, with new changes, Sony has updated both its Lifelog app and the SmartBand SWR10 app to support non-Sony Android handsets.
The SmartBand SWR10 app lets users configure the band to their liking and set it up on how it interacts with the phone. Lifelog, on the other hand, takes sensor data from both the SmartBand and the phone and uses it to monitor your daily activity level and also chart progress one is making toward any fitness goal the user might have.
As of now, for Sony Xperia models, Lifelog still requires a connection that's linked to the Sony Entertainment Network account. However, non-Sony users can log in with their Google credentials.
The compatibility is also limited to Android 4.4 devices supporting Bluetooth 4.0 LE at the moment.