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Ok, maybe stylish is a matter of taste
Fitness tracking has long been considering a huge up and coming business in the tech space, with the sheer number of fitness tracking wearable devices probably more than doubling in just the last year or so. But each and every fitness tracker – and there has been a lot of them, at this point – has had one single thing in common: none of them have worked on Microsoft’s platforms. Got a Windows Phone? Tough luck. How about a Windows RT tablet? Nope. So what’s a fitness fanatic with a love for Windows ecosystems to do? Fitbit, one of the leading manufacturers of tracking devices, has finally got you covered as the company has just brought over their Fitbit application to Windows Phone 8.
Fans of Fitbit with other platforms should be right at home here; Fitbit for Windows Phone looks and feels almost exactly like Fitbit running on either iOS or Android. Sure, it’s got a bit of a “modern” flair to it – that weird Windows Phone navbar at the bottom of the application, solid colors with no gradients and really simple typography, but really at the end of the day there’s nothing of any surprise to be seen here.
Also similar to the company’s Fitbit client for iOS and Android, there’s a limited subset of devices that application currently supports due to the requirement of Bluetooth LE both in the hardware and in the phone’s firmware. As of right now 17 existing smartphones are supported, and you’ll need to make sure your device is upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1 (the newest version) to get access to all the goodies Fitbit has to offer.
Fitbit for Windows Phone is available on the Windows Store starting today, so if you’re excited to start wearing a computer-like-thing on your risk capable of tracking your every move, hit it up back in the source link. I won’t blame you.
Smartwatch with a focus on health
Fitbit formally announced their new Fitbit Force smartwatch official today, providing the ever growing smartwatch market with a health-centric option that allows owners to keep track of various day to day activities. Starting at $129.95, the Fitbit Force syncs to any iPhone running iOS 7 or newer, enabling the Force to act as a Caller ID for your iPhone while also using the iPhone as a way to track your movement, altimeter (steps climbed) information, and the quality of your sleep over Bluetooth 4.0.
No word yet on when you’ll be able to get your own Force, but we’ll be sure to let you know when the Force goes up for sale and any new information that we can get ahold of.
Not your average Pebble
Fitbit was one of the first folks out the door with a legitimate and useful wrist smartphone accessory with their Fitbit Flex, and now the company is taking things to the next level with the release of their next generation line of accessories, the Fitbit Force. Slated for release in the not too distant future, the Fitbit Force is meant to act as an enhanced version of the Flex with built in watch capabilities.
Word of new features are slim at this point, however word is that one such new will see the Force with an altimeter capable of recording steps climbed and your current altitude. The Force will reportedly go for $129.95 – comparative to other smartwatches, such as the Pebble – but will come with a higher degree of focus on exercise and activity rather than simply pushing notifications and the like from your smartphone.
Source: The Verge