Windows Phone 8.1 getting into shape with Fitbit support


You generally need an iPhone(s aapl) or Android(s goog) handset if you want a smartwatch or health tracker, because most of these don’t work with Windows Phone(s msft). But there’s a change coming: Fitbit is working on Windows Phone 8.1 support. WPCentral caught this brief statement on Fitbit’s official support forums: “Fitbit is developing an application for Windows Phone 8.1. Thank you for all your feedback and support!” That’s not much to go on. However, there is a Fitbit app for Windows 8.1 already, so with Microsoft’s new universal app support, it may not take too much effort for the Fitbit team to bring its app to Microsoft handsets. Disclosure: Fitbit is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of Gigaom.



Windows Phone did not support Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy prior to the 8.1 release, so these types of apps were not possible before. It’s good to see Fitbit jump on this so quickly. Hopefully we should see more of this as device vendors can now build “universal” apps that target both Windows phones and tablets.

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