Nike throws Android a bone with release of FuelBand app
The first Nike+ FuelBand came out all the way back in early 2012. With an iOS app, Apple users were free to interact with the fitness tracker while out on the go, but there was no equivalent Android app to be seen. Initially, Nike talked about making an Android version available sometime that summer, but nothing ever surfaced. By February 2013, a year after FuelBand’s release, Nike dashed any lingering hope Android users still had, announcing that “at this time, we are not working on an Android version of the mobile app.” And when the second-gen FuelBand SE launched last fall, it too debuted without a hint of Android compatibility. So imagine our surprise when today, as if from out of the blue, Nike finally has made its FuelBand app available on Android.
The good news: you FuelBand SE owners can now take full advantage of your wearable on an Android phone running 4.3 or better. And in specific, Nike says it’s optimized the app for a number of popular phones, including the Nexus 5, Moto X, HTC One, and GS3/4/5.
The bad news: even after all this waiting, the first-gen FuelBand isn’t supported. We suppose we can’t blame Nike for not releasing an app for a more-than-two-year-old accessory, but considering how it backpedaled on Android support so long ago, it still would have been a nice effort to see it deliver support, even at this late date. And really, how much more coding would that have really taken?
You can snag the Nike+ FuelBand app through the Play Store link below.