More smartphone users are trying out fitness trackers every day, and while there are a lot of options out there, all too often we’re limited in what’s accessible to us based on what phone we’re carrying. Sony, for instance, introduced its SmartBand tracker back at CES, and while it was both a more flexible and affordable option than some of its competition, so far its usage has been constrained to Sony Xperia models. This week that changes, as Sony updates both its Lifelog app and the SmartBand SWR10 app itself to support non-Sony Androids.
The SmartBand SWR10 app lets you configure the band and set up how it interacts with your phone, while Lifelog is the one that takes sensor data from not just the SmartBand but your phone as well and uses it to help you monitor your activity level and chart progress towards fitness goals.
While on Sony Xperia models, Lifelog still requires a connection to your Sony Entertainment Network account, non-Sony users can log in with their Google credentials.
Not every Android will work with the apps, though, and right now compatibility is limited to Android 4.4 devices supporting Bluetooth 4.0 LE; but just as we saw this most recent update bring support to non-Sony models, future builds may just dial back that Android version requirement, as well.