Samsung, Sony still trail Pebble in the ‘smart wearable bands’ category

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Pebble is still leading the way when it comes to ‘smart wearable bands’ (or smartwatches). Research firm Canalys found that, as of the first quarter of 2014, Pebble chimed in with 35% market share while Samsung and Sony followed with 29% and 23%, respectively. As we all know, Pebble has its self-titled smartwatch and Samsung has the Gear line. Sony, on the other hand, quietly maintains its Smartwatch 2. The final 13% is left for others to fight for. These numbers are bound to change with LG and Motorola prepping an entry into the smartwatch game.

Fitness wearables, though, is heavily secured by Fitbit and its 50% market share in that field. That is another field seeing an increasing amount of competition. LG has launched a fitness tracker and Samsung has been doing so with the Gear Fit. Fitbit may have something up its sleeve to combat everyone else, but we will have to just wait and see.

Source: Canalys

Refreshed Fitbit Force may have leaked, plenty of displayable info included

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At the beginning of the year, the Fitbit Force fitness tracker was causing an allergic reaction with some of its owners. In response to this, the product was recalled and has not returned since. A fresh leak shows just how hard Fitbit plans on working to make sure the refreshed wearable is. Keep in mind that the image does recognize this as a concept; therefore, take this (as any leak) with a grain of salt.

Like all of Fitbit’s wearable products, this one will be a fitness tracker that tracks steps and distance traveled in addition to some deeper metrics. Also like before, this product can be a silent arm that wakes you and only you. A bit more information can be provided this time around with a larger display: caller ID and real-time statistics. And it would be wise to assume that this Fitbit Force would resolve the allergic reaction-causing issue.
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IFTTT announces a new FitBit channel

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IFTTT, which just recently made its Android debut, has announced a brand new FitBit channel for use in recipes. The new channel will allow you to perform actions based on the information that your FitBit tracker sends to your device. You can set up a recipe to post a Facebook status update when you hit your daily step goal, or upload your sleep logs to a spreadsheet in Google Drive, among other things. It’s definitely a cool addition to an already very powerful app.

Any FitBit users that are currently using IFTTT?

source: IFTTT Blog

HTC One M8 Mini to leave out key Sense 6 features including Zoe, Pan 360, Motion Launch and Fitbit

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We’ve heard plenty already about HTC’s upcoming One M8 Mini, the little brother to its latest flagship device. But today we’re hearing a bit more, and it isn’t the most encouraging news.

It looks as though the phone will be sold without some of Sense 6′s most useful features, including Zoe, Fitbit, Motion Launch, and Pan 360 photos.

The reason for these features being left out can be pointed directly to the lack of the Snapdragon 801 processor and the duo camera, both featured on the One M8. It does seem a bit odd, though, that Pan 360 and Zoe are being left out, because HTC has included the features on past devices without a duo camera or the Snapdragon 801. It’s all still rumored, so we’ll just have to wait and see to be sure.

Source: @evleaks

Fitbit adds Bluetooth 4.0 sync support for Samsung Galaxy S 4 in new update

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While we await the imminent release of Android 4.3 and its inclusion of Bluetooth Smart support, some app developers have taken it upon themselves to start adding Bluetooth 4.0 syncing to their apps, including Fitbit, a healthy lifestyle tracking application.

As they added support for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II back in February, today they announced that the app will now support the Galaxy S 4, with all of the efficiency improvements that it brings. Obviously since the new Bluetooth support is not yet standard in Android devices, Fitbit says that custom development work is needed for individual smartphones. Obviously Samsung’s new flagship device was an early priority.

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Fitbit adds wireless sync via Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support for Fitbit Flex device

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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. » Read the rest

No Nike Fuelband App For Android

by Rudy Rivapalacio on
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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.

Source: DroidLife