Nike has at last released its FuelBand application for Google's Android operating system. Android users residing in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Japan can now download the app from the Play Store.
The app will be compatible with Samsung Galaxy S5, S4 and S3 phones, as well as Nexus 5, HTC One and Motorola Moto X. The Nike+ FuelBand app is compatible with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and higher.
For the first time, Android users have the ability to connect their Nike+ FuelBand SE fitness tracker with one the selected handsets. Until now the fitness tracker was compatible with iOS devices.
Talking about the features, the newly introduced app includes the ability to create, track and receive progress updates for a daily NikeFuel goal. You can also set up reminders to get moving every hour, compare data with friends within the NikeFuel community, analyse past activity patterns, and even sync Nike+ FuelBand data to a compatible Android handset.
Nike's FuelBand has been subject to controversies in the past few months. Back in April, the company fired most of the engineering team responsible for development of wearable hardware -- just six months after the release of its second-gen FuelBand SE.
The new app for Android OS indicated that the company is still hoping to differentiate itself by making software to support the existing devices. It is widely believed that Nike has been forced to discontinue the FuelBand SE as rumors surrounding around Apple's iWatch heat up, with a release date for the same tipped for October 2014.
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