Nike Reneges on Android FuelBand App; Should Owners Be Upset?
Smartphones can be a great tool for keeping track of exercise, whether that’s using their GPS receivers to document runs or connecting with devices like heart rate monitors. Last year, Nike launched its own solution, a wristband-based accelerometer called the FuelBand. While users can upload their data to Nike’s personal tracking website via there computers, or with an iOS app, there hasn’t been a similar version available for Android. Despite ongoing assurances that such an Android app was forthcoming, Nike has now changed its tune, announcing that it is not working on any Android release.
Nike had originally forecasted that its Android app would be out sometime last summer. As the season started winding down, users reached out to the company, which assured them through its official Twitter support account that, despite no confirmed release date, that Android app was still definitely coming. Today, though, Nike has a very different message:
“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.”
That’s got to be a real slap in the face for Android users who bought the FuelBand expecting this app to be right around the corner. Sure, they can still enter their data with a computer, but that’s probably not going to make this news any nicer to hear.
There’s already a good deal of outrage brewing online over this news, but so far no word from Nike that it intends to rethink its decision. While definitely unfortunate, we bet this kind of treatment is hardly exclusive to Nike and the FuelBand; have you ever bought a gadget that promised eventual support for your smartphone, only to never see that support arrive?