Companion app for Nike FuelBand SE compatible with all Android 4.3 devices
Nike has finally released an Android version of the Nike+ FuelBand app, two years after it launched the iOS version, and far later than initially anticipated. The app works with the company's FuelBand SE wrist-based fitness tracker, allowing users to monitor their NikeFuel score and other functions the sports brand introduced in the original companion app.
Speculation leaning towards involvement with iWatch
In a new CNBC interview, Nike CEO Mark Parker says he is "excited" about where his company's relationship with Apple will go, something that may hint at new products. Parker is mum on specifics of collaborative possibilities, but says that in terms of the wearable fitness device industry, Nike will focus on software instead of hardware, integrating it into both Nike's products and that of its partners, with the aim of growing the Fuel brand.
Company to focus on software; surprise move may hint at Apple partnership?
In an unexpected move, Nike has opted to fire as many as 70 members of its Digital Sport division who were focused on hardware development and will not release a now-cancelled new version of the FuelBand fitness tracker that was expected this fall. The company will continue to support the existing FuelBand SE, but is otherwise planning to exit the wearables market just as it is gaining mainstream traction. The company plans to focus on software going forward -- possibly signalling a partnership with a hardware maker.
Fitness features paired with notifications
As expected, many CES exhibitors chose to focus on wearable technology this year. Razer was among the companies attempting to make a foray into the growing market, introducing the Nabu wristband that provides smartphone notifications and fitness features. We met with one of the product engineers this week to try on a prototype and see how it compares to Nike's FuelBand and more complex devices such as the Galaxy Gear.
Firmware update will add improved algorithms, workout session support
Despite launching an updated model, Nike has confirmed it will be providing some features from the Fuelband SE to its older FuelBand. New firmware and an app update will be available to users of the preceding model, though it is not clear if they will be provided at the Fuelband SE's November 6th launch or shortly afterward.
New FuelBand SE algorithms add accuracy to activity monitoring
Nike has launched an updated version of its Fuelband activity monitoring device at its NikeFuel Forum event. The Nike+ FuelBand SE retains the same basic design of the original, adding some bright accents to the main black color, but it is now able to more accurately track movements used in specific types of activities through its new algorithms, making it much harder to fool.
Event may show new version of Nike FuelBand monitoring device
Nike has sent out invitations to the media for an October 15 event in New York City, where it plans to discuss the future of its digital world experience. Likely, but not confirmed, at the event is a new iteration of the FuelBand monitoring device, which is nearly two years old.
Thought to be long-rumored iWatch
Apple has started assembling a team of people specializing in fitness, medical sensors, manufacturing, and hardware and software engineering in order to produce a fitness-focused wearable computer chock full of sensor technology, sources say. Apple is stated to have experimented with a number of designs in the past, including ones that could clip onto clothing, like an iPod shuffle. Currently though the company is thought to have returned to a wrist-wrapped device, likely the iWatch.
Nike FuelBand to let devs integrate with more apps
Nike let slip Friday night that it would open up a beta version of an app programming interface (API) for its FuelBand movement tracker. South by Southwest Managers Hack organizer Backplane briefed The Next Web that developers would soon have the option of integrating the FuelBand with their own music apps. How much data would reach apps versus coming back wasn't given out.
Automatically syncs results with Android devices
Nike+ has tweeted that it will be releasing a companion
Android app for its FuelBand wrist tracker this summer. With it, a person using the device can sync the information with their smartphone or tablet wirelessly and automatically to analyze performance and activity results. The band, which was launched in January, can so far communicate either with a computer using USB, or to an iPhone via Bluetooth.
Nike+ FuelBand now up for pre-order at $149
Nike+ has just introduced its latest product, the FuelBand. It pairs with a dedicated iOS app to measure a wearer's daily activity levels, returning metrics such as time, calories burned, steps taken and a newly created NikeFuel. The wristband can display these on its own display composed of 100 white LEDs, but the iOS app makes them easier to understand and allows them to be stored. An airplane mode is present, and the band will store metrics until it can offload them to the website or iOS device. All navigation is done through a single button on the wristband.