Fitbit’s Android app gets an update
Fitbit has updated the Android version of its smartphone app, bringing it closer in look and feel to the iPhone version. There is also a growing number of third-party apps that can enhance and tweak the Fitbit experience. For example, users who are really concerned about counting steps, only steps and nothing but steps can install DriveBit. This detects and discounts false positives that could be detected as steps, while the user is actually driving.
The official Fitbit app has a couple of handy new functions, most notably the tracker battery status is now usefully shown on the dashboard screen. And for more casual users, line items such as the food and weight trackers can now be hidden from the main dashboard. It’s now also possible to customize the app to show your favorite statistics first – for example, if you’re most interested in tracking sleep and steps as your key analytics, these can be at the top of your dashboard.
Meanwhile there’s a growing world of add-on apps for Fitbit, ranging from plug-ins for third-party apps such as SenseView, which is somewhat of a stats nirvana for sensor info nerds, with “the opportunity to connect up to 20 different parallel sensor readings from a (current) total of 134 available”, through to stand-alone Fitbit apps that do a single thing, such as reporting on a low tracker battery.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the official app, try Fit Wiz, which presents the same tracker information in a different way. The app fit:Sync allows alarms from the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone into the Fitbit interface and serves as a clearing house to also integrate Google My Tracks data, via Google Drive.
One word of warning when using third-party apps: As previously noted, personal data is the true value of wearable technology, so if you are going to use a third-party app, make sure it comes from a reputable company. Especially when an app is free, you’re paying with your personal tracker data.