Fitbit Now Windows Friendly

Two men, outdoors, wearing casual sports clothes and activity tracking wristbands. Activity trackers are designed to help the wearer achieve a more active and healthy lifestyle.

If you’ve been holding back on buying a Windows Phone because you weren’t able to use your Fitbit with it that excuse is officially gone.

This story was originally published by Mashable

With the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 available in the coming weeks, fitness freaks will be able to sync and share fitness information via Windows mobile devices.

Fitbit is launching a version of its app for Windows Phone, letting users sync and share their fitness data via a native app.

Fitbit for Windows Phone pairs with a wearable activity tracker like the Fitbit Flex, keeping track of the wearer’s activity. When you launch the app, you’ll be able to see how many steps you’ve walked, the number of calories burned and — assuming you wear it to bed — sleep quality, too.

The advantage of the Windows Phone version is in the app’s live tile. Thanks to background syncing, you’ll be able to see some “glanceable” information about your activity, such as the steps you’ve taken, just by looking at the tile.

Fitbit is one of the first to take advantage of the new support for Bluetooth Smart (aka Bluetooth 4.0 or Low Energy) in Windows Phone 8.1. Bluetooth Smart wasn’t part of the initial rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 in April, but Microsoft has been quietly working on drivers and certifying various devices equipped with the right radios, including the Nokia Lumia 1520 and 930.

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