July 2, 2013 7:36 pm
If you’re a Jawbone UP user with an Android device, “feature parity” is the phrase of the day today.
The company has just updated its Android app with support for the UP Platform, a series of partnerships with other health-focused companies like Withings, Sleepio, Notch, IFTTT and others. The same providers have been available since late April on the iPhone, but considering how long it took for Jawbone to release an Android app in the first place, this is a very fast turnaround.
Jawbone UP is a bracelet available for $129.99 from various Canadian retailers. Its purpose is mainly to count steps taken and sleep accrued, relying on a smartphone’s headphone jack to synchronize the data from day to day. It has heavy competition from hardware startup Fitbit and established fitness brands like Nike, but UP stands alone by offering over seven days of battery life (it eschews wireless) and a steadily-improving suite of applications.
When paired with a compatible service — for example, users can add a Withings WiFi scale — data is cross-pollenated between devices, fleshing out the limited capabilities of the bracelet’s sensors.
Download Jawbone UP for Android.