Smartphone Users Alert! Nike+ FuelBand Now on Google Play!
With 30 million users of the Nike+ FuelBand, it is not as popular as other similar devices. It is probably not the most popular device of its kind. Till now Nike had not taken to the almost universal connectivity option, that of an Android App. Conversely, there have been rumors that Nike is actually dropping the product from its line. Finally, however, on the 17th of June, it announced the availability of a sync app for Android.
The FuelBand is a wrist worn device that tracks all your activity in terms of NikeFuel a proprietory unit of measurement of activity. Till recently, the only way of interacting with the device was through the device itself, but now with the introduction of the Android sync app it has empowered its users to control many aspects of the device in many more ways.
Unfortunately there is not much that is new here. Nike has been lagging behind other fitness gear manufacturers. So, will this move be seen as too little, too late? Or will we see a spate of new users of the Nike+ FuelBand.
Let’s review what the app lets you do, and see how this works.
The app communicates with the FuelBand over Bluetooth, although that is only true for the latest model, the FuelBand SE.Also it works with a select number of phones, those that support the 4.3 Jellybean OS and supports Bluetooth LE. At the moment that includes the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One, Nexus 5 and the Moto X. Pretty much the top line smartphones.
If you have the requisite hardware, the app gives you the following features:
NikeFuel Daily Goal
You can create a daily goal and monitor your progress towards it.
NikeFuel Daily Goal Recognition
When a Daily Goal is achieved, the app shows an onscreen celebration as recognition.
Sessions let you track a particular period of activity such as a workout or games, by starting a session on your Phone and ending it. You can review your Session data afterwards and analyze your activity over the period. You can compare and share your sessions via NikePlus.com
Activity and Session History
Since all activity and sessions data is stored on the phone, it is easy for users to view and analyze statistics
Move Reminders and Win the Hour
Using their smartphones, users can set up Move Reminders on their Nike+ FuelBand SE which will pop up to remind them to move for 5 minutes every hour. The Nike+ FuelBand app lets users track their success by showing them Win the Hour statistics.
This allow users to compare their data statistics with others through the Nike+ Friends and NikeFuel communities
Using Bluetooth LE, the app syncs data and stats seamlessly between the phone and the device
Profile and Settings
The user can easily view and edit settings on the Nike+ FuelBand device, and also the user’s Nike account.
So finally, Nike has joined all other manufacturers of fitness and activity trackers by providing an Android app. This will definitely make this device easier to use. However a niggling doubt remains whether this will be enough to turn back Nike’s fortunes in this field. We remain optimistic about it. Perhaps a new edition of the Nike+ FuelBand will make a greater range of smartphones compatible. Let’s face it. None of the ones compatible now are exactly light on the wallet. If you already have one of them you’re in luck, butthe idea of buying one of them just to make use of the app is not a realistic proposition. On the other hand, compatible phone owners may, now that the app is ready, go for the $99 device. We think that is eminently possible. What’s your opinion?