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Nike: We’re Not Working on a Nike Fuelband Android App (Updated)

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According to Nike’s official and verified Twitter Support account, they are no longer working on an Android app that can be paired with the Nike Fuelband and are instead putting their focus on iOS and the web. To call this news “disappointing” would be a gross understatement. 

Back in March of 2012, we reached out to Nike who confirmed at the time that we would be seeing a Fuelband app for Android towards the Summer of 2012. As the summer approached and we pinged them every so often for a status update, it was clear that this deadline would not be met. Once summer was gone, and we saw no app, the future looked grim. The last response I got when mentioning the Android app through some snarky comment was met with “We’ll pass along your interest.”

Then today’s Tweets went out to a number of users:

fuelband no android

For those not familiar, the Fuelband app would allow Android users to sync their Nike Fuel while on-the-go, over Bluetooth, rather than having to plug-in the device to a computer. There is and has been for quite some time, an app on iOS that does this wonderfully.

As someone who has had a Fuelband since the beginning and racked up over 1 million points in less than a year, I’m extremely disappointed in this news. I kept hoping that they had simply delayed the Android version as they worked to merge the Fuelband and Nike+ apps, similarly to what they had done on the Nike+ website. This news, makes it look like that’s not the case after all.

Does Nike not realize that Android is the biggest mobile operating system on the planet?

We’ve reached out to Nike PR and will update this post if we hear back.

Update:  Here is the response from Nike PR:

To deliver the best experience for all Nike+ FuelBand users, we are focusing on the FuelBand experience across iOS and nikeplus.com, where you can sync your activity, set new goals, and connect with friends.  At this time, we are not working on an Android version of the mobile app.

Via:  @NikeSupport

Cheers @mkoyerp!

  • NoBullet

    Overpriced sportswear for overpriced phone users. Gotta stick together.

  • trumpet444

    No surprise here, Tim Cook sits on their board of directors

  • http://twitter.com/JonWGee Jon W. Gee

    Wanna track your fitness progress? buy a scale, a tape measure, and a mirror. Geez….

  • AnthonyMoya

    I was going to get one but decided to wait to see what the LG band is going to be like. Glad I decided to wait. The LG one is supposed to have a built in heart rate monitor. Plus LG is all about Android so hopefully they’ll have an app as well.

  • tyguy829

    oh well….it’s not like us android users can afford fuelbands anyway

  • jikhead

    Pretty sad and pathetic. I hate having to log into the web to look at the data; hence why I never look anymore. Quit doing that after a few months of having it; since last June.

  • Lisa

    While the fitbit doesn’t sync with my gn directly, there is a working android app for it. The device syncs with my computer whenever I’m in range and uploads that info to their site which then syncs to the app. I was initially disappointed that it wouldn’t sync to the phone directly but it has turned out not to be an issue at all. Plus the fitbit tracks your sleep and stairs climbed, something the fuelband can’t do.

  • KOBALT

    It’s because only douchebags that go places to work out have iPhones.

  • KOBALT

    Screw you Nike. I love my New Balance shoes, BTW. Also, don’t care about this band. Forget working out. Give me bacon.

  • XvierX

    I hit up Nike on twitter after you guys mentioned it on the Droid life show. Love my Nike fuel band.

    • Jared

      Nice use of the phrase “weak sauce”! I thought I was the only one who said that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ryan57ford Ryan Chapman

    I was just recently looking into buying one too, glad I didn’t.

  • cphilano

    So their biggest athlete endorser Lebron James also endorses an Android phone, but they aren’t interested in making an Android app?! WTH

    • KOBALT

      But leBron is a douche nugget. and he’s black.

  • Maconsultant

    They are full oh $&%! I wrote to them on a few occasions and they said they were definitely developing an android app. Now they are flip flopping.. I wish there was a market for used Nike fuel bands.. Time to look into the alternatives..

  • michael

    Its prolly cause they sell it at apple and have some hidden agreement as long as they sell it .

  • moelsen8

    let ‘em have it. elitists.

  • alphanu22

    Why support Nike FuelBand when the Motorola MOTOACTV is available?

  • ddevito

    your loss douchebag

  • Shawn Bohrer

    Sorry blame Google not Nike. The problem is that the Fuelband, Fibit Flex, Amiigo, etc all use Bluetooth Low Energy (aka Bluetooth Smart). Android doesn’t have official support for BT LE currently so these developers can’t develop apps even if they wanted to. The GS3/Note2 supposedly have a third party BT LE stack which is why the Fitbit Flex is supposedly going to only support those two devices. Google is supposedly working on adding BT LE support to Key Lime Pie, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Xavier Spruill

      Ahh how refreshing an informed response thank you sir… Or ma’am o.O

  • Lojack

    Well I guess I can stop looking at buying a Fuelband!!!!!

  • Jorge Gonzalez

    Good thing I waited for the fit bit flex. plus it does more than the fuel band.

  • Futbolrunner

    That’s the last time I buy a Nike+ product without an Android app released first.

    • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

      :-) Smile.

  • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

    Probably they know that the fuel band is a rippoff that only iOS users will buy thinking that they get any benefit out of it. I know a friend who has that stupid device and just moving his wrist makes the stupid device think he is actually doing something. Similar to this device: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadro_Tracker

    Only difference is that lots more people got suckered into this one.

  • cdclark190

    Having worked for the company I have a reason why they do this, because they have apple make all if their electronics. They used to have the sports band and still do and it was built by apple. I’m sure this relationship plays a heavy roll in it as well

  • Cameron

    Should have guessed after how pathetic their timeline has been for this development. I’m on my second Fuelband, and while I do love it, the lack of a native Android app leaves me with health tracker with very minimal reporting. They should have at least created some sort of webapp accessible via Android at this point rather than the clunky webpage that I go to once a month via laptop.

    I guess the good news is the growing interest in technology on the wrist should open up several new choices in the next year or so. They did so well up until this point with the bands I thought… oh well.

  • John M.

    Weird question: According to the Fitbit website, there will be android apps for the GS3 and the Note 2. How does one make an android app that works on an ICS or JB phone and it not work on other ICS or JB phones?

  • DanWazz

    Right now I’m focused on buying a new pair of Reebok running shoes. I am not working on getting Nikes ever again.

    • Laurent Daudelin

      I read they’re having a 2-for 1 sale, perfect for you!

  • Jon Gee

    Well I was looking at the Fuelband but not having an Android app is a dealbreaker for me. It’s unfortunate that they have chosen to ignore a significant segment of their potential market. Guess I’ll be sticking to my fitbit.

  • nightscout13

    Good job Nike, lose more customers

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremyrreger Jeremy Reger

    There is something seriously wrong going on, because Nike is doing this, WakeMate basically went out of business because of it, FitBit is failing Android because of it.. Something is up.. Its gotta be something with the Bluetooth sync..

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    “f*cking amateurs!”

    • koopapoopas

      I agree. Google sucks.

      • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

        U suck push pops harder. I only like tacos thank you.

  • NickA

    “Does Nike not realize that Android is the biggest mobile operating system on the planet?”

    You need to look at the whole picture. The app wouldn’t run on half of the devices. And most of the other half are Kindles or something else running Android.

    I love my DNA, but as a company it’s hard to invest development resources in Android. This was just a half a** decision from them; I’m sure they did the research and ROI.

  • BhaktaRB

    Maybe, Nike has already realized that most android users are not going to shell out for observing a glorified accelerometer on a led array.

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Well, screw that, I’m boycotting Nike.

    • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

      See ya.

  • CharlesJorgenson

    Glad I never bought one

  • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

    Apple + $$$$ to Nike = No Android app

  • Mordecaidrake

    Worse. Business. Decision. Ever.

    • Jeff Tycz

      Not. As. Bad. As. Putting. Periods. After. Each. Word.

    • trumpet444

      (worst?)

    • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

      Got some proof of that claim?

  • Tom Z

    Maybe this is the answer:

    http://www.fitbit.com/flex

    • WAldenIV

      Only the S3 and Note II are listed. I want something that fully supports Android.

      • drathos

        They’re two of the few Android devices that include Bluetooth low energy support.

        While I agree that wider support is better, part of it goes to the device manufacturers sticking with Bluetooth 3.0 in many cases.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “As someone who has had a Fuelband since the beginning and racked up over 1 million points in less than a year, I’m extremely disappointed in this news.”

    hmmmm what “Mobile Device” have you been tracking all those points on Kells?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Computer. :P

      • tyguy829

        a mac?

  • Trevor

    Damn I love my fuel band but an app on an want make the experience that much better i can see my stats on my wrist

  • DiegoKokomo

    I bought a FuelBand last year at release under the impression that there would be an Android app. I feel mislead and ripped off.

    • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

      Time for a change.org petition. I’m not kidding. It is the only way to make some of these companies change their tactics.

      • Jon Lambert

        Better Business Bureau complaint?

        • trumpet444

          No, because technically they aren’t doing anything wrong. They can develop an app or not. Their business. I think it’d be smart to develop for android, but not worth an unnecessary complaint if they dont

          • sirmeili

            However at the time of my purchase (April 4, 2012), they were touting a release on android “By the end of summer 2012″. I think that is a bit misleading to say the least.

      • trumpet444

        Change.org is stupid. Is there a list of accomplishments from ANY petition from that website ?

        • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

          If you don’t try and just sit on your laurels then nothing happens, right? I’m just saying is best to try something than nothing and just b!tch and whine all day. It gets nothing done.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          I always wondered about stuff like that. Do those petitions actually work? I would love to see the stats.

      • Xavier Spruill

        This is Google’s issue to fix. I’m no dev and don’t claim to be, but i say that to say this. If it’s an Android app development thing; then Google MUST find better means to rectify them than they have been. I dunno, talk to companies/devs directly and form a list of things that must be changed to make things less troublesome/headache-inducing. Or if it is a Google Play app store thing; Google needs to launch an all-out massive PR war-on-terror level FUD squashing csmpaign. Because reality is, it isn’t just Nike. Companies are hitting resistance in deving an app and they are NOT being rewarded for there efforts when they do. Making it big on Android is either really successful or really a waste of time and effort, with very little pleasing middle ground. I’m Android all the way but it’s starting to seem like it’s less and less on these companies.

        • storm14k

          Well I’m saying this as dev. There’s no problem with Android development or Play. Just think for a second. There are as many apps in the Play store as the App store. If there was some real increased difficulties this wouldn’t be. Part of it is these companies hiring iOS “developers” that are really just designers that drag and drop to make apps. They don’t actually know how to write code. Its like the dark ages of PHP. These “devs” then claim they can write an Android app, they don’t know Java and they fail. They then blame Android. I’ve called folks on it time and the again in various forums and social media and its almost always the case.

          Java is the most popular programming language out there. Theres tons of Java devs out there and way more support for the language. But the companies aren’t hiring the experienced Java guys. They are hiring designers. I mean again just think about it. You have single devs pumping out some spectacular apps all alone but these major companies claim it’s too difficult? Telling you its iOS designers posing as devs causing the problem.

          • Xavier Spruill

            Ok, good response. BUT, Google stills needs to do a huge “hearts-and-minds” campaign because consumers don’t have your level of understanding on the matter. And companies follow that lead, even if it’s a terrible one. Too many people don’t “get it” Google needs to find a method of changing that.

          • storm14k

            I think maybe Google does need to do more to highlight great apps on Android and especially exclusives. Maybe have competitions to build apps on the APIs of things like this Nike wristband and show that there’s no problem building the apps. The problem is the will.

            But then again people keep buying Android like hotcakes which makes me wonder if people in general care as much about apps as we believe. Let’s not be fooled by the iOS hipster crowd that sucks down every app they can get their hands on and swear its useful. Its like a fashion thing for them where I think Android users use what they actually find useful and ignore the rest.

            Sent via Android

          • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

            Oh, stop with the generalizations. I’ve been an iOS user for 4 years and have less than 3 dozen apps ever. Just because some people might do something doesn’t mean that everybody does.

          • jim

            Google doesn’t design the apps themselves , the development kit is released to the public and they can do what they want with it.

          • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

            Fragmentation. Plain and simple. It’s just not as easy to support the diverse array of Android devices consistently. It leads to frustrated users, which makes Nike look bad. My gf just got a cheapo Android tablet so we could Skype. It can’t even send me video properly, but she can see me fine… very poor user experience, but that’s what the Android effort has created. A bad experience in the big picture.

          • storm14k

            Kinda bad example seeing as Skype is a PC app with Windows, OS X and Linux with Linux having multiple distros and both it and Windows able to be installed on all manners of arbitrary hardware. No one says anything about the PC platform being too fragmented to support.

            The argument is crap basically.

            Sent via Android

        • http://jml.is/ Jonas M Luster

          As a dev, I am actually in a much better place developing for Android. I don’t have to _develop_ for different screen sizes and phones/tablets, I can _design_ for it. Which is much, much, easier than the Apple way. The decision to skip the majority of phones and the Android ecosystem is not a technical one, it’s a political/business one.

          • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

            Huh?

    • Kane Stapler

      Surely its not that hard for a billion dollar or more company to make an android app..

      • Manny

        problem is that they find it more profitable to stay with ios

        • Droidzilla

          Why not just do both? It’s not very expensive to code an Android app even with an outside contractor (relatively, of course).

    • Mack

      Yeah the worst part about this is that Nike said they would have an Android app out summer of 2012.

    • Stinker

      I’m sure you’d feel the same even if there was an android app.

      • DiegoKokomo

        I disagree with this. Similar to Kellex, I’ve worn my FuelBand almost every day for nearly a year now. I like the idea behind it and have enjoyed the motivation it provides. However, part of my reasoning for purchasing it was the Android app which was supposed to be out by the end of summer ’12. I’ve emailed Nike customer support about no app as recently as January 10th inquiring about the status. Here was their response:

        “As you mentioned, we have alluded in the past to a summer 2012 release. We are still planning to release the FuelBand app for Android as soon as we are able, but difficulties in creating a smooth user experience for the myriad hardware and software configurations inherent to the Android platform have caused a delay. At this point there is no specific release timeframe that we are able to commit to, other than to say that it is in the works.
        This is something that has frustrated a lot of FuelBand users who are eager to start syncing their activity with their phone while on the go. I can tell you that a lot of my coworkers are waiting on the edge of their seats for an Android version, and that this is one of the most commonly-requested features we hear about here at Nike+.”

    • mkoyerp

      That is my issue. They said they were going to make an Android app and then decided not to without telling us until now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jetsaredim Jared Greenwald

    See also: Jawbone UP & Fitbit Flex

    • http://profiles.google.com/jeremyrreger Jeremy Reger

      fitbit is only doing the GS3 and Note2..

  • J-Dawg

    Was reviewing all the activity trackers over the weekend. Glad to know this! Looks like the Fitbit is really the only stable Android platform around. Jawbone Up seems to be on the same path as Nike. What a shame and what a dumb move by both!

    • ceejw

      Jawbone hasn’t cancelled their app yet and still lists it as “coming” Hopefully they don’t go down the same path as Nike.

  • SirSoloDolo

    Well they obviously are not serious about selling these then

  • Shane Redman

    Hey Nike!…….JUST DO IT!

    • jikhead

      They are either running backwards or running in place!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Or don’t, I couldn’t care less.

      $150 for a band around your wrist that records some activities? You know for most of those activities (running, etc) the Endomondo app tracks just the same, plus uses GPS to plot your routes, speeds, etc. The app is free, you already have a smartphone .. why give Nike more money?

      • Shane Redman

        Oh I completely agree…my smartphone tracks everything I need it to. My comment was merely for comedic value alone lol.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Oh I know, wasn’t really directed at you. Just irritation with products like this. If nike did state that they were going to build an Android app, then goes back on their word … then again it’s sweatshop nike.

          • Mr ilheis

            I totally agree with your Endomondo statement. I use Strava for cycling and it also supports running. The app is free and offers a ton of features. Go premium if you’re serious about your stats and results. I see no point in a fuel band or fit bit.

          • michael arazan

            WTG Nike, leave out android, because it has +70% of the os market, real smart. Smells like apple paid them to Just Do It for them and only them.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jessetron Jesse Elkin

            Tim Cook (Apples CEO) is on Nikes Board of Directors. I’m sure he pulled some strings.

        • Anyello Salinas

          i am a runner and there is no better app for me than the Google MyTrack, i use it for cycling, running, walking and hiking… and i can add a polar heart rate monitor that also tracks cardio and calories… no more Nike for me

        • Theii8610

          I totally agree with your Endomondo statement. I use Strava for cycling
          and it also supports running. The app is free and offers a ton of
          features. Go premium if you’re serious about your stats and results. I
          see no point in a fuel band or fit bit.

      • bigillz

        Because who wants to run with a phone in their pocket? Or possibly less comfortable, a 5″ device strapped to your arm?

        • richard melcher

          I do, and I do.

        • Larizard

          I play music with it, too.

          But I’m not surprised if this has something to do with an “exclusivity deal” between Apple and Nike. Those two had been in bed for years.

  • masterxchief

    I’ve been waiting for an android app before getting one. Does it really make a big difference syncing to a computer rather than a phone?

    • anezarati

      i was going to ask the same thing? is the fuelband still a well functioning device without an app? i assume so since you said you have used it a lot.

      • DiegoKokomo

        The FuelBand still works without an app. That is to say, you wear it around all day and it counts your steps and calculates your “Fuel.” However, to me the whole point of it is as a motivator through competition (both with yourself and others). Until you sync you data, you don’t really know how you’re doing. You can check your numbers on the band itself throughout the day, however the website puts all the data in a much better format as well as compares it to your prior days and goals. As it is, I only get that information when I go to charge my band every 2 weeks or so. With the app, I would be able to check that information anytime I wanted.

    • ceejw

      If you want a fitness wristband with an Android app the fitbit flex is really your only option, but it’s not out yet and initially will only be compatible with the GS3 and Note 2. http://www.fitbit.com/flex

      • rhetoric.assassin

        lol, you wouldn’t look like a ‘tard at all using a nike fuelband and running around with a 5″ SGIII or 5.5″ Note. Let’s just call it weight resistance…bwhahahahaha

    • Jon Gee

      It’s more convenience than anything. As well as the social aspects of getting feedback from friends, etc. That said, I’m kinda disappointed at Nike on this one.

  • Ryan Powell

    I’m still surprised when companies use the approach of developing for Apple first and then focusing a small amount of energy on an android version. To just ignore the platform altogether seems laughable. Especially when you have a product you want in the hands (or on the arms in this case) of as many people as possible. I know it’s not a requirement to use the Fuelband but I would imagine that it’s a feature set that helps determine if someone buys your product or someone else’s.

  • Jonathan DeJong

    It’s really a shame that they can’t put an app out. I’ve been waiting to buy a wristband like this for a bit now and I think I’m going to wait until the Fitbit flex is released. At least they already have an android app out.

  • Shane Milton

    “Does Nike not realize that Android is the biggest mobile operating system on the planet?”

    Honestly, I bet this really is the case. Far too many people think that “Pretty much everybody has an iPhone” and they treat that as fact, even making ignorant business decisions on this! I would be in absolutely no way surprised if this was a decision made by some Nike exec who has this understanding, instead of asking his marketing people to do 15 minutes of research. I’d bet money on this!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I would just hope that a company of this size would have intelligent enough people to know that the world doesn’t revolve around iOS anymore.

      • Aardvark99

        Certainly the marketing department isn’t very intelligent with dropping a tweet like that w/o any explanation. However, I’m guessing this is mostly a technical issue.

        • PSU_DI

          The latest version of android 4.2 has a very flakey bluetooth stack to say the least. Honestly NIke is probably tied of fighting it, and will wait for google to address the issue.

          • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

            Good response.

          • Patrick Kilgore

            Thanks for a plausible technical answer and not senseless brand bashing.

      • http://jml.is/ Jonas M Luster

        They do realize that. And then there’s some iOS using coder somewhere in the managerial trenches who stupidly echoes the “different sizes” fallacy. Anyone who ever opened Eclipse and created a new Android app knows that that’s patently false, even if you totally ignore Google’s Holo guidelines. If anything it’s easier to design for multiple sizes in Android. But there is also the idea that Apple users unquestioningly pay more, accept worse, and are fiercely brand loyal despite cost and limited functionality (smells like iOS, doesn’t it?) and much easier to satisfy. And THAT drives development as much, if not more, than actual technical hurdles.

        • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

          Oh wow, all this time, I’ve had my head in the sand. Thanks so much for waking me up and telling me how it is! I’ve been limited!! Wow, oh wow!

          Hahaha, you’re the blind fool to think that Android is “open” and therefore it’s “better”.

    • ceejw

      I find it highly unlikely that Nike doesn’t know the mobile market share numbers. It’s more likely the case of Nike deciding in order to get the app to perform the way they want, they need to limit it to 4.0+ devices only. Then they need to figure out the highest selling Android phones, buy them, and test the bluetooth radios with the app. They might find in order for things to work properly they can only target one or two phones and will attempt to add support for more devices later (this is what fitbit is doing with their wristband). This would enrage much of the Android community and the potential market would be much smaller than what they have with iOS anyway. At this point they just decide that it’s not worth it and if Android users want the fuel band, they can still use it with the web interface.

    • Jeff Tycz

      in before they release another statement saying the previous statement was incorrect

    • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

      I think they probably know but think that if they keep it iOS exclusive it will make them look cooler and higher end.

  • Roshan John

    Guess Nike isn’t looking forward anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raul.teran.7 Raul Teran

    Good thing I didn’t buy one. oh well.