Fitbit Tracker (Beta) for Windows Phone 8 looks outstanding
While we still don’t have an official Fitbit app for Windows Phone, developers have made quite a few unofficial ones for the popular fitness tracker with varying degrees of success. Now Shane Chism has made his own because frankly, he wanted a fully optimized one for Windows Phone 8, including HD graphics.
Fitbit Tracker is just that app and it’s now available as a public beta. That means you can download it now and give Shane feedback on things you would want to see implemented for the final release.
Before you ask, no, the app cannot sync directly to your Fitbit device as the company has not released the APIs for that syncing (and Bluetooth 4.0 is thought to be needed as well). Having said that, in a thread over at Reddit he notes that he is “…currently researching ways of doing Bluetooth sync so you can read the status of your Fitbit on your phone. However, until Fitbit provides the needed APIs, we'll be unable to save the data to your profile.”
Other than that, the app is extremely fast and fluid, especially for swiping to the different screens. By holding down on individual categories e.g. Steps, Floors, Calories, etc., you can pin those as individual Live Tiles to your screen, all with different colors. It’s a pretty great usage of Windows Phone and we approve.
Users can also log activity (not food quite yet, though that’s on his to-do list), change days and do pretty much what the Fitbit API allows one to do but with an excellent, fluid design and HD graphics for us Windows Phone 8 fans.
If you use Fitbit (and the Flex band just went on sale this week), then definitely give a go. Don’t forget to leave Shane some feedback here in comments and that Reddit thread if you have app suggestions—it’s only through your participation can Shane make a better app!
Pick up Fitbit Tracker for Windows Phone 8 (Public Beta) for free here in the Store.
For more info on Fitbit, follow our Fitness Month discussion on the device (including comparing it to the Nike Fuelband) and their Aria scale.
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By Jez Corden
looks beautiful, rich in colours
1. Allow you to use theme color for pinned tile.
2. Give option for light or dark theme in app. Other than that, great app! Lets hope Fitbit allows tracker syncing in their API soon!
Thats not my concern as this will be my first fitbit product so i got comething to compare to.
really hope they will bring a syncing with WP8 out (if its possible)
Can you add sleep tracking to the app?
Thanks for your reply! My phones language is set to Swedish. I'm still waiting for my fitbit device, if an update hasn't showed up by the time i get it, i will try out your app with language set to English.
First off, I'm stoked you've made this app (if there were a donate button, I'd gladly click it). I'd love to see the sleep info populated.
YOU ROCK! And let me know if I can send you some $$$ for your hard work
The app is great for just "viewing" my already synced data, however here's a few things that could make it even better: The live tiles for steps and distance should have the option to show the actual mileage and stairs when in the smallest mode (instead of just a percentage) I'd like to be able to see the sleep patterns in the app if possible as well Keep up the good work!