Windows Phone and Fitbit users rejoice! The official app with Bluetooth synching is here at last. But, don’t get too excited: although the free app is in the Windows Store, it’s only for devices running Windows Phone 8.1.
If you have a Windows Phone 8 handset, such as the Nokia Lumia 720 or 1320, you’ll have to wait a while longer until the free update to Windows Phone 8.1 rolls out to your phone.
Those lucky enough to have Windows Phone 8.1 already (Lumia 630 and 930 owners, for example), you can download the Fitbit app right now, sign into your account and pair your tracker with your phone. (The app works with all Fitbit trackers.)
The apps looks much like the iOS and Android versions, showing a summary screen of your steps, distance, active minutes and calories burned. Swiping to the left scrolls to your Friends screen, and swiping again displays a screen for logging activities, water, food and sleep as well as a shortcut for setting an alarm on your device.
At the top of the home screen is a messages button where you can cheer and taunt friends, as well as sending messages, just as you can in the iOS and Android versions. The only limitation we can find is that – currently – there’s no way to change the order of the stats on the home screen.
Fitbit is the first to launch a Windows Phone app with direct synching, and we hope that other manufacturers will follow suit. Microsoft arguably had the first proper activity tracker app in the Lumia 635, but the Fibit launch will be music to many users' ears.
The app also features Live Tiles so if you pin the app to your Start screen you’ll see up-to-date stats such as your current step total and how many until you reach your daily goal.
“At Fitbit, we know that giving our users instant access to real-time stats right on their smartphone increases motivation to achieve goals and, ultimately, make healthier choices,” said James Park, CEO and Co-founder of Fitbit. “Windows Phone is projected to be the fastest growing smartphone OS platform, so supporting this platform is important so that all of our users have access to their stats, no matter which phone they choose. With our new Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8.1, we expand our already extensive list of leading Android and iOS supported devices, to bring Fitbit’s benefits to even more users.”
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