Fitbit confirms app for Windows Phone 8

Fitbit is a popular activity tracking device quite similar to Nike’s Fuelband and other such products on the market. We reported a while back when they launched a Windows 8 app and we deemed it as a worthy first try. We also wondered if a Windows Phone app would be launched in the near future, Fitbit already being present on both iOS and Android, but at the time the company stated they had no such plans.

However they have now officially confirmed a Fitbit app is in the works and will soon be coming to Windows Phone 8 devices. After teasing on Twitter yesterday the company support team e-mailed one of their curious customers saying that they are indeed working on said app and even though they don’t have an official date of release they expect it to be soon. Whether that means days or months remains to be seen.

Fitbit’s playful and colorful esthetic will fit in nicely with Microsoft’s own design sensibilities and the Live Tile feature will definitely come in handy when you want to check your progress on the go. One issue that comes up is that the latest Fitbits use some Bluetooth technologies that aren’t present in Windows Phone 8 even though the phone hardware might actually support them. It remains to be seen whether the Windows Phone 8 app will be a full featured one like its iOS and Android counterparts or whether it will be a very basic version similar to the Windows 8 app.

Source: WMPU | Image via Fitbit.com

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I lost my fitbit, it fell out of the case. I don't recommend fitbit, it's too easy to lose or wash. I think a wristband device will be better.

I've almost lost my fitbit several times, and I have a feeling that I will lose it for good soon. I also agree with your statement about wristbands. Once fitbit releases the Flex, I'm upgrading.

Lack of proper Bluetooth capabilities is definitely something that will continue to plague Windows, both RT and Phone.. The Surface RT also has bluetooth 4.0 right? But I can't even pair it with Jawbone's Icon HD reliably let alone the fussy fitbit device.

A software update could easily fix this though so all is not lost.. its just a matter of when?!

MrJustastic said,
Lack of proper Bluetooth capabilities is definitely something that will continue to plague Windows, both RT and Phone.. The Surface RT also has bluetooth 4.0 right? But I can't even pair it with Jawbone's Icon HD reliably let alone the fussy fitbit device.

A software update could easily fix this though so all is not lost.. its just a matter of when?!

Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 all share the same Bluetooth stack. Surface RT has Bluetooth 4.0 in it and the pairing issue you are experiencing is probably more complex (or a lot, lot more simpler) then just rolling out a software update.

His Jawbone yes, but the FitBit, MS has still not confirmed their stacks support the proper serial profiles for BT HRMs and other fitness devices. Till now they have not and MS has been mum on the subject. One developer of a mobile fitness app claims it still does not and they cannot support BT HRMs on WP8 as they could not on WP7.