It has taken quite some time, but Nike has finally brought their companion app designed to work with its Fuelband and Fuelband SE activity trackers to Android. Much like the iOS app launched over two years ago, the Android version gives access to your NikeFuel score details as well as letting you sync your wristband over Bluetooth LE (even in the background, should you so desire).
Other features of the FuelBand app fall under the motivational category, including the ability to track and receive progress updates and compete against your friends using the leaderboard (plus a “Win the Hour” challenge).
Many in the industry are questioning the timing of this launch, when it was expected that the FuelBand may be discontinued entirely. Earlier this year, Nike completed a series of layoffs in their fitness hardware department with several key individuals making the move to work directly with Apple. No matter what the future has in store, current FuelBand owners will be happy to have an Android option to use with their tracker.
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