Jawbone has finally updated its Android app to bring it, if not exactly, close to feature parity with its iPhone counterpart.
The company released UP 3.0 for Android this week, adding support for its new wireless UP24 bracelet, which replaces the longer-lasting but plug in-only UP band from last year. Considering the Apple Store, one of the only places to purchase the UP band, no longer sells it, we’re thinking Jawbone is finished with the legacy model. It now sells the UP24 band for $149.95 in two colours, black and orange.
The UP24 band uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to iOS and, now, Android smartphones, and adds a few bonus features on top of its core advantage. Combined with the new app, which is compatible with the HTC One, Moto X, Moto G, Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Note 3, S3, S4, Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 running Android 4.3 or higher, the band syncs in real time, tracking steps and goals. Because the band constantly syncs, it can pair with your phone for customized notifications for step increments; for example, if your daily goal is 10,000 steps, you can set it to send a notification when you hit 8,000, for motivation to finish.
The new version also adds features that were recently added to the iPhone app: Today I Will is a goal-setting feature that holds you accountable for your promises. It also “analyzes your data and suggests goals that fit your lifestyle,” which get smarter over time.
Streaks & Milestones is a new feature that rewards you for hitting your step goal every today, or marching a million steps (whoa). Finally, Sleep Recovery is a useful tool that will attempt to recreate your sleep data even if you forgot to put the UP band into sleep mode.
Seems Jawbone is trying to get in before Samsung unleashes its new wearable series on the world. Probably a good idea.