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Summary:

Originally only compatible with iOS devices, the Jawbone UP24 now works with Android phones and tablets that support Bluetooth Smart.

Jawbone UP, Photo by Gigaom
photo: Gigaom

Until now only those with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad could sync their Jawbone UP24 tracker. That changes today as UP 3.0 for Android is freely available in the Google Play Store, updated to support Android devices. The software uses Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Smart) to transfer health data from the wearable UP24 to an Android phone or tablet so you can see your progress throughout the day and over time.

The UP24 is among the latest wearable trackers and captures data such as steps walked, time active and hours slept. With the companion app, you can track your meals and mood as well. We recently pitted the Jawbone UP24 with the Fitbit Force (see disclosure below) and found both to be quite effective. At the time, however, the Force won out on compatibility as it worked with both iOS and Android.

If you have an older Android phone, it’s possible the software won’t work with your Jawbone UP24. That’s because Android devices didn’t start supporting Bluetooth Smart until last year. So be sure to check the compatibility listing as your older phone may not be supported or will need to be running a certain version of Android in order to work.

Disclosure: Fitbit is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of Gigaom.

  1. Hmmm. The compatibility listing doesn’t list the Nexus 5, but does list the Nexus 4. Oversight?

    1. Thinking they simply didn’t test it but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work.

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