Windows Phone gets first wearables app from Fitbit
Fitbit has launched the first fitness app for Windows Phone that lets users sync a wearable device with their mobile.
Until now, Windows Phone users had to rely on Microsoft’s own Health & Fitness app, which requires users to carry their Windows Phone device with them in order to track activity.
What we think
Jane McCallion, staff writer: Finally, a Fitbit app for Windows Phone! I’ve been a massive fan of Fitbit ever since I got a Fitbit One last year, but not having an app that could sync the device to my phone was a major downfall. So I’m naturally glad to see a native app released, and wouldn’t be surprised to see other big players in the market such as Jawbone follow suit. Windows Phone may be a smaller market for developers than iOS and Android, but it’s still one worth pursuing.
While there have been third-party Fitbit apps available for a while on Windows Phone, they haven’t allowed remote syncing with the fitness monitor, meaning you had to enter all the data manually.
The launch of the official Fitbit app means users can now sync their wearable device automatically.
The Fitbit ecosystem is also wider than Health & Fitness. There are native apps for iOS and Android as well as Windows Phone, and the Fitbit dashboard can also be accessed online. It also supports nearly 40 third-party diet and fitness apps.
Fitbit fans wanting to get started with the Windows Phone app will need to make sure they are running the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system first. The app can be downloaded from the Windows Store immediately.