A few days ago we reported on Nike’s decision to ignore the majority of smartphone users by opting not to bring an app to the Android market to support their fuel band device. In contrast, Fitbit provides Android support for their Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and upcoming Fitbit Flex wireless activity trackers. They recently updated their Fitbit app for Android to include wireless sync capability using Bluetooth 4.0. The feature will only work with Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II devices. Using Bluetooth 4.0 sync keeps the Fitbit dashboard updated in real-time and the app can provide motivational notifications and social interaction with friends.
In addition to the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0 sync capabilities, Fitbit has added NFC compatibility for their upcoming Fitbit Flex device. A tap on the Flex with an Android phone will automatically launch the Fitbit for Android app. You can read the full press release after the break and grab the app using one of the Google Play Store links. The app is free and only requires Android 2.1 or higher to get the basic functionality.
Typing “Fuelband” into the Google Play store’s search box doesn’t lead you to the Nike+ Fuelband app for its new workout tracking bracelet. According to @NikeSupport, an official Nike Twitter channel, that’s not changing anytime soon. Nike cited its desire to focus “on the FuelBand experience across iOS and nikeplus.com” as its reason for ignoring the Android market. The Fuelband has a lot of things going for it but mobile sync won’t be one of them, at least not for Android users.
Fitbit, who makes similar workout tracking devices, does have an app in the Play Store but only supports direct sync to a small number of Android devices (including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II). Their current product line-up looks much more like conventional pedometers but Fitbit is set to release its own bracelet, the Fitbit Flex, this Spring. If this is a race for Android-fitness dollars, one contestant just dropped out.
In case you weren’t familiar, the Nexus 4 smartphone arrived with full wireless charging capabilities— but unfortunately, there weren’t many options available to utilize and take advantage of the awesome feature… until now. Google has (finally) broken down and listed its wireless charging orb as available on the Play Store for a fairly modest $59.99 listing price. The neat thing is that the device is fairly small— coming in at a mere 130 grams, so the device is fairly small in size and won’t need to take up too much space.
Now only if only Google could solve those Nexus 4 shipping woes, we’d be in business.
source: Play Store
You have probably heard references to the fact that today’s smartphones contain way more computing power and capability than what was available to the world’s space programs back during the heyday of the space race. That saying is close to getting a test when the Surrey Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) launch the British-built Strand-1 satellite into space later this month. At the heart of Strand-1 lies a Google Nexus One smartphone which the project team hopes will be able to take over full control of the satellite at some point during the six-month mission.
What do you get when an avid LEGO and Android lover wants an Android figure? Make a LEGO BugDroid of course. A great man by the name of GLHTurbo over at LEGO’s CUUSOO site had a great idea for combining his two passions into one and created the first of its kind LEGO BugDroid. When we first announced the story of this campaign all that was needed was 10,000 willing individuals that would buy it. Notice I said “would” because no money was needed to start this project, just the pure support of the community would be enough. Well we are glad to report that GLHTurbo has hit that mark. As of yesterday, ( February 7th) the 10,000 supporter mark was hit and LEGO is now going to look over the project. If all goes well, they will start creating these BugDroid kits for sale. Not bad for a completely free start up program right?.
As if that was not enough, LEGO will also pay 1% royalties on every BugDroid sold to GLHTurbo. While I am sure that was not his motivation behind LEGO BugDroid, it is well deserved and I hope he makes even more Android-related products that I can throw my money at. So best of luck to GLHTurbo and check back here soon as we will keep you up to date with the results of LEGO’s inspection and let you know if it becomes a reality.
The revolutionary Ouya gaming console is all set to push for a major first in the gaming industry. As opposed to seeing a new console model once every 5-7 years from a traditional gaming brand, Ouya is looking to buck the trend and follow the mobile model by introducing a new Ouya model annually. In a recent interview to our friends at Engadget, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman highlights “there will be a new OUYA every year. There will be an OUYA 2 and an OUYA 3″ that will “take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling“. Oh and gamers won’t need to fret about having to buy too many games either as Uhrman confirmed that all games will be backwards-compatible— meaning you won’t need to buy multiple copies of a certain game. Moreover– games will be tied to a single gamer— effectively eliminating the need to buy multiple licenses for a game like what is seen on a certain gaming consoles. So while gamers would probably want to keep things fresh and current by purchasing a new console every year, it’s at least nice to know that we won’t need to be gung-ho about our games and all.
Boy oh boy this new puppy is shaping up to be one heck of a mouth-watering device isn’t it? The month of June just can’t come soon enough.
At last year’s Google I/O, it was promised that Google Glass beta versions would be available early this year. Those of you that signed up for one might get a nice box in the mail very shortly because the Google Glass Explorer Edition passed through the FCC. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot to go on, but we know it has a Broadcom 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g WiFi radio and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE. There is also a reference to an “integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head.” This probably has something to do with the bone conduction patent we wrote about last week.
I still wouldn’t expect full blow consumer friendly versions to be available until 2014, but I’m sure Google Glass will make another spectacular appearance at this year’s Google I/O.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger and the ultimate one-handed operation device is slowly fading away. The need for something to assist with not dropping your rather expensive investment is on the rise. In stepped Flygrip, the small and popular solution for all things large. Flygrip allows seamless one-handed operation without the fear of dropping your phone or tablet. However, there’s the small little matter of price which doesn’t happen to be small at all. The popular mini mechanism will run you a whopping $29.95 ea. That’s a bit steep if you ask me. $19.99 seems a little more reasonable but the folks over at the Flygrip team may not share my opinion. So, coveting the functionality I began to look for alternatives that wouldn’t break the bank for techs on a dime. Surprisingly, there’s quite a few options for you if you’re interested. We’ve covered three that caught our attention for style, ease of use and of course its cheap price tag.
Android gaming controllers and gaming devices are going to be the rage this year. We already have controllers from PowerA and devices from ARCHOS and NVIDIA. Of course we can’t forget about the OUYA gaming console. The JXD-S7300 Gamepad2 is another device to throw into the mix. This one features Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but it also features nine pre-installed emulators for the original PlayStation, Neo Geo, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Famicon, Super Famicon, Sega Mega Drive, and the Capcom Play System 1 and 2.
The Gamepad2 features a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, a Mali-400 MP2 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD, front facing camera, USB port, HDMI output, 3G connectivity, and both wireless and Ethernet connectivity. It features dual joysticks and the usual buttons, and it actually looks a lot like the Wii U. Just like the ARCHOS GamePad, you will be able to map the keys for any game you wish. Last but not least, it comes with the Superuser app for easy rooting.
I see a striking similarity between the rock band KISS and Android. KISS was always big in marketing collectibles with their name and now the Android is heading in the same direction with the bugdroid. You remember playing with wind up toys as a kid right? Well why not wind up bugdroids? Yes they are pretty cheap and I’m don’t know if you can really classify this as a collectible, but if you’re an Android fanboy, you will want to check these out. They measure 2.55-inches high by 1.25-inches wide, and they cost $6.80 on eBay for a set of three with free shipping in the U.S. Hit the source link below to get your order in.