Nike has launched a version of its Nike+ FuelBand App for Google’s Android mobile operating system. The app has been available exclusively for iOS since the first FuelBand was released in early 2012. Better late than never, right?
As Stefan Olander, vice-president of Digital Sport at Nike, told Pocket-lint late last year, the reason that Nike has delayed the launch of an Android app thus far has to do with the lack of consistent Bluetooth LE support across Android mobile devices. The Nike FuelBand and FuelBand SE both rely on Bluetooth LE to communicate with the companion app.
Fortunately for Android users, Nike has had a change of heart – or rather, there are enough solid Android handsets on the market now that support Bluetooth LE.
To use the app, you'll need to be running Android Jelly Bean 4.3 or newer. As of now, the app is only supported on the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, the HTC One, Google’s Own Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto X.
Back in April, rumors surfaced that Nike was planning to disband its FuelBand hardware division and focus solely on fitness-related software. Days later, the athletic apparel company released a statement saying that there had been some recent layoffs but they were still committed to the latest revision, the Nike+ FuelBand SE, and planned to continue to sell it for the foreseeable future.
The app is available in the Google Play Store as of writing.