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Misfit Shine Activity Tracker From IndieGogo Drops Android Support After Months of Delays and Reaching $846,000 Funding Goal

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Crowdfunding of new tech products through sites like Kickstarter and indiegogo has become the go-to method for anyone with a brilliant idea, but little cash to get things up and running. We have probably covered dozens of projects over the last couple of years (some good, some not-so-good), as many of these ideas are amazing concepts that have the chance at becoming a reality thanks to enthusiasts like you and I. One of those ideas from the last year was the Misfit Shine, an activity tracker similar to the Nike Fuelband or Fitbit, only it carries a much simpler, minimal-yet-beautiful, and less intrusive design. It won awards at CES, bragged about its awesome mode of syncing, and attracted almost 8,000 backers before closing as one of indiegogo’s most successful campaigns ever with a closing goal of $846,675.

But where it stood out to Android users, was the fact that its creators were willing to support Android from the beginning, something that even Nike wasn’t able to do after leading us on for months. Just before the campaign closed, they went as far as to show off their Android app, or at least the first render of it. This looked to be one of coolest, most attractive, and well-thought-out fitness trackers to date. Well, that was the case until today. 

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After months of delays on the product due to waterproofing issues (was supposed to ship in March) and Misfit Shine’s creators worrying about signing contracts to distribute their product to retail channels before even getting it out to backers, bad news has arrived. In an update to the campaign last night, Misfit Shine has announced that Android support is no longer happening as of now, and that they will “only support iOS at launch,” a launch which is now scheduled for mid-July. Their note doesn’t say if they will support Android at a later date, only that it won’t be a part of the launch. So yes, backers are left wondering if it will ever come. Will this be another Nike Fuelband situation all over again?

To add insult to injury, the post claims that “Shine will work on its own out of the box,” though we aren’t sure how a fitness tracker that pairs with a smartphone can do anything without the ability to sync to a smartphone. There has been no word yet on if there is a web interface to sync for those without an iOS device.

Update:  The Misfit Shine team posted another update, addressing the lack of Android support. They claim that it is coming “early next year.”

To answer the burning question of when we’re going to support Android, I can only say “early next year.” There are a lot of different devices and screen sizes to support on Android and we want to get the user experience right. Although Shine can work on its own out of the box, the experience is obviously not the same without connectivity.

If you backed this project, they are willing to give you a refund, which can be done by emailing kate@misfitwearables.com.

Talk about frustrating news for what could be thousands of backers who own an Android device, you know, a device powered by the most popular mobile operating system in the world. I would have thought that in 2013, with Android having fully taken over the world for a couple of years now, that we wouldn’t see this iOS exclusivity continue to happen. But once again, here we are as Android users getting left behind.

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Via:  Misfit Shine

  • sgtguthrie

    LMAO…it will take them a year to code an app? Sounds like they need to go to XDA and hire an app developer ;-)

  • umbrellacorp

    I almost backed this on indiegogo but did not at the last minute due to funds being a little tight. Now I am glad I did not but feel bad for those who did. Completely irresponsible on their promise to back Android devices. I know, I’m preaching to the choir here but the market share of Android devices may surprise Apple at this point.

  • Laki S.

    This is why I didn’t back this and won’t back any more projects on crowdfunding sites. It’s so easy for these small startups to change their projects and promises so easily for whatever reason after collecting your money with little warning. At least these guys are offering refunds; a lot of them don’t. Cookoo did this as well and are pretty much leaving Android backers high and dry.

  • http://www.y8u.org/ Y8 Games

    hope to enjoy it soon. thousands backers is the huge number, we can consider the successs of this product

  • Steve

    they think they’re are sooooooooooooo cool if they support ONLY ios. LOL.

    Adidas > Nike.
    Android > ios.
    Android is #1.
    Android FOREVER.

    These made in China activity trackers for made in China ios devices are 100% trash.

    • randy

      Adidas is better than Nike? Hahahahaha. That is a good one.

  • frozentruth

    The campaign has updated to announce that Android support won’t be ready until next year. With that announcement and lack of transparency from the company, I’ve had little choice but to ask for a refund. This has been a terribly run product launch and a deeply disappointing customer experience.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    I would guess that BLE support is probably partially responsible. Even though I love Android, the lack of universal BLE support is enough to scare fitness tracker makers away.

    • frozentruth

      Bluetooth isn’t the technology used to sync, according to the information provided by the project.

  • Johnny Appleseed

    Just because collectively Android dominates the smartphone market, doesn’t mean that any one version of it does. This is why smaller ideas like Misfit Shine struggle to be Android compatible. To make matters worse, it’s not completely Google’s fault – blame the carriers because they don’t support new updates on older hardware as quickly as they should.

    • Gary Graf

      That is just plain inaccurate

  • mustbepbs

    This and OUYA are why crowdfunding is a bad idea. It allows irresponsible people to get money for something and make promises they don’t intend to keep. I’ll never back any “project”, especially because of sleeze bags like OUYA who just rake the whole reason they’re in the position they’re in over the coals.

    • Chrnr123

      What exactly did the people who made OUYA do? Everything I’ve seen says they’re on track for their goals.

      • michael arazan

        I thought ouya said you would have access to the play store for your games, then they changed their minds and decided they wanted you buying their games from them. So instead of playing games you already invested in, now you would have to reinvest on another platform on top of buying their device.

  • Jeff

    Just look at their commercial. It screams I’m apple fan!!! I’m surprised that Steve Jobs himself doesn’t come back to star in it….

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Haha i agree, but i do like the “Apple Philosophy” when it comes to devices I care less about. “Smarter though Simplicity” is a pretty good tag line for products like this and the Nest thermostat (which i love). So this might not be all bad for an activity tracker.
      I only want the tech closest to me to be powerful and robust, otherwise having it simple/dumb is kind of nice.

      • michael arazan

        Glorified pedometer with bluetooth

  • me

    These activity trackers are so pointless. I just spent the morning hauling brush up a mountain. This is serious heavy lifting. No activity tracker can calculate that.

    They would probably say that biking downhill burns more calories. Not even close.

    • BCoils

      That’s because you need the “Hauling Brush Up a Mountain” tracker, not this.

      • Ian

        I smell a new kickstarter project!

    • http://www.modsuperstar.ca/ modsuperstar

      I would think that the Amiigo might address that to a point. Theirs uses gesture based tracking, so as to get a better gauge of activity.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    The sad thing is this seems to be a reoccurring issue (bluetooth accessories not being supported on Android). It seems Google needs to step up with the next version of Android and set up some standard protocols at the system level for managing accessories (namely Bluetooth).

    • RaptorOO7

      The problem is even if Google does something about BT standards in the next round of Android, in some cases you could be waiting 6-12 months to never on your current device (if it supports BT4.0) to get that next OS update. You may also be forced to wait until your 2 year contract is up to get that new device.

      This is another glaring issue with Android and Google’s failure to implement standards. What good is opensource if Google doesn’t keep a hand in guiding the OEM’s and keeping them from screwing it up.

      • mx

        At this point they just need to get support in there. Device and OS updates will happen eventually, but the longer the base OS is missing support for a standard that has been available on other platforms for almost a year, the further the entire platform falls behind.

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Joshua Nealey

    Wow, what a flop. How are they not aware of Android dominating the smartphone market? Seems like they need to hire a new business manager.

  • EvanTheGamer

    What a bunch of pansies. I hope everyone asks for a refund and that they go under. Idiots.

  • Dc

    The Jawbone UP is another great tracker that works on both platforms.

    • RaptorOO7

      FitBit Flex is also another one, though their are adding support to devices as they can. At least the S4, S3, GN2, GN10.1 and more Android devices coming soon. I have an original FitBit and look forward to having wearable tech that works with my S4.

    • Chris Morris

      We sell the UP at Sprint and I’ve used it for the last month and a half. Best tracker on Android, hands down. And it’s helped me lose 32lbs.

  • PhoenixPath

    Android backer’s get their money back…right? /s

    • EvanTheGamer

      If those idiots knows what’s good for ‘em, Android backers better get their money back. lol

      • michael arazan

        Sounds like a back door deal with apple, wonder how many android backers there were.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Hopefully a lot! Then that way they’ll have to give back a lot of money to Android users, not just a little bit.

  • Jon

    My buddy backed this project. Knowing him he’ll want to tell them to shove that thing up their *ss.

  • sonicyoof

    I’d be pretty pissed right now if I’d backed that project.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Same here. I’d not only ask for a refund but I’d tell everyone I know to say nothing but bad things about them.

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      Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link,>>>>>>>> http://www.ownjobs1.com

  • standardsdt

    If I’m not mistaken I did tip you guys off to Amiigo as an alternative to NikeFuel Band. Now that Misfit is dropping Android support, might want to inform people of an alternative that they can follow and sign up to receive notification when they will accept pre-orders since the campaign is long done.

    http://www.amiigo.co/

    • Dubb

      Yep amiigo is looking good they already have the android app working on a droid DNA that’s a good sign.

      • Dubb
        • standardsdt

          Yep, they also setup their website for more frequent updates. They even have been showing us backers some videos of the production. I’m excited.

          • RaptorOO7

            Just checked out Amigo’s site and signed up for alerts. Looks cool and I am looking for a wearable fitness/sleep tracker now that I have the S4 and Samsung is MIA on their S-Band (as usual).

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing

    • EvanTheGamer

      Nope. This news for those that backed this so-called project is Un-Amazing.

      I never even heard of Misfit Shine until today, but what they did was really despicable.

      • mx

        Despicable (deserving of hate and contempt) is a bit much isn’t it? We have no idea why support was dropped, maybe due to a continuing lack of Bluetooth 4.0 support in android?

        I’m not saying it doesn’t suck, but they are offering refunds to anyone upset about it.

        • RaptorOO7

          As for BT4.0 issues, ok then they should be saying the device is LIMITED to Android devices that have BT4.0 only. They should have also been more up front about their goals, and objectives and IF the issue is the fact that BT4.0 is just getting out on newer Android devices then say so.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Yes, that’s absolutely what they should have done. If they want people to trust them, especially since they’re still very new, then always be up front. Don’t hide things or keep things to yourself. Always be up front with what you plan to do.

            They definitely could have said that Misfit Shine is limited to “blah blah blah Android devices, but we’ll continue to add support for other Android devices in the coming months after release(if possible)”, etc, but they neglected to do that and now they’ll probably have a flurry of refund requests by Android users. Pretty messed up situation they got themselves into.

          • mx

            Unfortunately, the number of android devices with FUNCTIONAL BT4 support is extremely limited. I know because we are testing them at the company I work for right now. We are going to release our product for these limited devices, but I can understand why a smaller company might decide it is not worth while, at least at this point.

        • EvanTheGamer

          That’s true, too, I guess. But they should have done more research on that in the beginning instead of making promises they just could not keep. Dropping Android support could potentially really hurt them in the long run.

          • mx

            They screwed up, and they should definitely come out and say exactly why this happened if only so that we can have some idea of when we can expect support in the future. If the problem is BT4, the all eyes turn to Google. If they just can’t get there sh*t together to make a decent android app, then they deserve criticism. My point is only that we don’t have enough info to break out the pitchforks and torches at this point.

      • RaptorOO7

        Agree, I hadn’t heard of it either until today. The problem is companies make promises and fail to deliver all the time. Nike may be able to get away with it given their global presence, but a start up looking for crowd sourced funding doesn’t have that flexibility.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Exactly! The big dawgs can do whatever they want because they are already established, but new startups like these guys do not have room to make mistakes like the one they made by simply pushing Android users aside and then only cater to iOS users. It’s just not right.

          But way it goes I guess. Nothing we can do about it except just not trust these guys again in the future. And by ‘we’ I mean the Android folks that unfortunately backed this project.

        • mx

          IMO, I am more forgiving of small start-ups with limited resources pulling this stuff than a major multi-national like Nike. What was Nike’s excuse anyway? I no longer remember.