Nike has confirmed that it is no longer developing a companion Android application for its fitness tracking wristband, the Nike+ FuelBand.
The sportswear giant revealed last year that an app was incoming. However, this week, in response to a query on Twitter about the app’s status, it said: "Right now, we're focused on iOS and web. We're not working on an Android app."
Explaining the reasoning behind its decision, Nike said in a statement: “To deliver the best experience for all Nike+ FuelBand users, we are focusing on the FuelBand experience across iOS and nikeplus.com, where you can sync your activity, set new goals, and connect with friends. At this time, we are not working on an Android version of the mobile app.”
The news will no doubt come as a huge snub to the Android community, especially to users who purchased FuelBands believing they would be eventually supported with an official application.
Currently exclusive to Apple’s iOS devices, the app syncs information from the wristband to the iPhone via Bluetooth, enabling users to check their daily goals, unlock achievements, see a breakdown of their activities and connect with friends and other workout enthusiasts via social networks and the Nike+ website.
While Nike did not completely rule out an Android app – it did, after all, only say that there isn’t one in the works right now – it did not exactly give an ETA either as to when, if ever, the might eventually land. Not that it will matter given that it reneged on its word in the first place.
It’s likely Nike is still trying to figure out a way to create its application as widely compatible as possible for a platform that’s still very much fragmented. For now at least, it seems Android users will have to make do with out an app and concede that Apple still has the better ecosystem for big-name applications.
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