Its an open secret that Fitbit is working on a Windows Phone app, and today we once again have confirmation that the app is not far away from market.
Writing on their Facebook page, their support staff said they “hope to have something to report concerning the Windows phone app in the near future!”
Besides the usual reasons, the app had to await the arrival of Bluetooth 4.0 LE on Windows Phone, which was part of the Lumia Black update, and will be officially be part of all Windows Phone 8.1 handsets.
Are any of our readers still waiting? Let us know below.
One by one the desirable headline apps are falling in place, and the latest heading to Windows Phone appears to be a Fitbit app for Windows Phone.
The fitness-tracking armband can currently sync activity data with iOS and Android, and the company also has a Windows 8 app, but the great news is that Fitbit is also looking for a a product manager to develop a Windows Phone app.
They write on LinkedIn:
We’re hiring someone to product manage the Fitbit apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.
In this role you will do such things as:
- Manage the development and launch of the Fitbit app for Windows Phone.
- Manage the ongoing development of the Windows 8 app, currently available on the Windows Store.
- Define, prioritize, and scope user-facing features.
- Work closely with design in crafting simple, elegant, impactful experiences.
- Collaborate with various teams / groups to guide projects through development and bring high quality products to life.
The project clearly looks to be in its early stage, so we do not think anyone should be holding their breath just yet, but the move is clearly another sign of the tide turning for Windows phone.
We reported earlier on Fitbit support confirming the company is working on a Windows Phone app which was â€œexpected soonâ€.
We have now had a contact from Fitbitâ€™s PR team which puts some breaks on the idea and suggests their Windows Phone developers are still doing their warm-ups.
Thanks for your interest in Fitbit. I work with Fitbit and we spotted your post re: the Fitbit app and wanted to provide a clarification. Fitbit is looking at various platforms, and exploring new apps, but currently the Windows 8 phone app is not going to be released in the next few weeks, nor do we have any timing or confirmation on a Windows 8 phone app.
So in short don’t hold your breath as you might go blue, but I am sure in this case where thereâ€™s smoke, thereâ€™s a fire.
We posted recently that Fitbitâ€™s twitter support teased a Windows Phone app, but did not quite confirm it.
The company in fact already has a Windows 8 app, making the Windows Phone app a no-brainer.
They have now replied to a reader enquiring about Windows Phone support with the following message:
We are glad to help with your inquiry about the Windows 8 Phone app.
Let us advise that currently our team is working on developing a compatible app for Windows 8 Phones. We do not have an estimated date for the release yet, but we do expect to be soon. Currently, you can sync with Apple Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices, and by the end of this month, we will release an update for the Android app, which will allow Andriod users to sync via Bluetooth as well.
Please let us know if you have any other question.
Oscar Fernando and the Fitbit Team
The note does raise an issue â€“ the latest Fitbit uses Bluetooth Low Energy â€“ not a feature of Windows Phone 8 as far as we know, but supported by the hardware in phones like the Nokia Lumia 920. Given the new flexibility in the Bluetooth stack of Windows Phone 8 for 3rd party developers however this may not be an insurmountable issue.
Thanks to our tipster.
Last we heard Fitbit had â€œno current plansâ€ for a Windows Phone app, despite having a Windows 8 Metro app already in the Windows Store.
It seems however that persistent demands from Windows Phone fans are being heard, with Fitbit Support in their most recent tweets saying they have passed on these requests to their engineers.
Whether this will result in an app is anybodyâ€™s guess, but given that they have already made the effort to create a Windows 8 app, I am sure it will not take too much more to port this to Windows Phone 8 also.