Nike today updated their long-standing FuelBand app to offer integration with Apple's Health app and services. In the process, the FuelBand app also dropped what has long been a requirement for the app to function: the Nike FuelBand itself. Accordingly, the app is now just "Nike+ Fuel".
Users of the iPhone 5s and newer can now use the built-in constant motion tracking of the M-series co-processor to log their activity information in the form of NikeFuel points in both the FuelBand app and into Health.
The move to drop the requirement for the FuelBand isn't a huge surprise, given that the most recent FuelBand edition was announced back in October of 2013, followed by Nike closing their hardware development shop in April of last year.
Apart from Health integration and dropping the FuelBand tracker requirement, the FuelBand app also includes a new feed tracker that pulls in integrations with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nike+ (and posts out to them) to create something of a meta social experience.
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
Finally the integration with Health is here. Nike running has had it for a while now, so I was really wondering what was taking so long. My guess: iWatch integration. Fearless prediction - this is a precursor (and requirement) for the Nike app for the iWatch.
Yeah for sure. I sold my fuel bands in December, now I can start tracking again. Sent from the iMore App
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What's the difference between this and the Nike+ Move app now then? I have both on my phone, and they are giving me different Nike Fuel readings. The Move app is showing over 1000 more Nike Fuel.
Unfortunately it looks like Nike is letting the Nike + Move app languish and not supporting it anymore, since it hasn't been updated in over 8 months and the Nike+ Fuel app duplicates a lot of the functionality.
Nike + Fuel I like better for stats and info but overall I prefer the Nike+ Move app because it's simpler and what I really like the most is the competitive leader board where you can compete with ones around you for top fuel honours for the day and week. I hope Nike integrates this feature into the Fuel app, especially if it's not going to support the Move app anymore. Sent from the iMore App
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