Fitbit for Windows Phone gets Cortana integration, lets you easily track activities and food
Fitbit, for those that did not know, is a fantastic wireless activity tracker that lets you know how many steps you have taken, how far you have traveled, how many calories you have burned, and much more. The official Fitbit app made its debut on Windows Phone back in late-July, and now a brand new update has been released offering Cortana integration and much more.
This new app update adds Cortana integration for increased ease of use and efficiency when logging or tracking activities and food. The app update also has new motivational features and additional language support.
For example, you can simply say “Fitbit, I had an 8oz ribeye steak for dinner” and Cortana will automatically log your dinner. Cortana can also easily create silent alarms for Fitbit trackers. Don’t have a Fitbit device? No problem! The app lets you utilize MobileTrack to track steps directly from your smartphone so you can see how many calories you are burning. This feature works excellent on a Lumia 830, for example.
Here are the new features:
- Cortana: Available today in beta, Fitbit has worked closely with Microsoft to create a custom experience for Cortana inside the Fitbit app to make tracking food and activities more efficient. By speaking to Cortana, users can quickly log any of the 350,000 foods in the Fitbit database, all while using natural language like “Fitbit, I ate lasagna for dinner” or “Fitbit, I had a coffee with breakfast.” Users can also create silent alarms for Fitbit trackers
- Fitbit Challenges: Fitbit’s newest app addition brings even more motivation and fun to Fitbit’s Windows Phone app (as well as to iOS and Android apps). With Fitbit Challenges, users can directly compete with up to 10 friends and family to help meet and beat goals in new competitions, including Daily Showdown, Workweek Hustle and Weekend Warrior
- MobileTrack: With MobileTrack, Windows Phone users without a Fitbit can still get in on the action. Mobile devices with MobileTrack use Microsoft’s Motion Data to track steps directly from the smartphone
- Background Sync and Push Notifications: Users can now experience background syncing and push notifications for Challenges, messages, progress updates and more
- New Language Support: Initially available worldwide in English, the Fitbit app for Windows Phone now offers French, German, Italian and Spanish languages
This app for Windows Phone is compatible with all Fitbit products, including the newly announced Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge activity trackers, as well as Fitbit’s existing Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip. Here’s what Fitbit’s CEO and Co-founder had to say:
“We’re committed to the Windows Phone community and are excited to bring these innovative features to the Fitbit experience on this platform. As we do across all mobile platforms, we’re continuing to design features that empower people with information and motivate them to set and reach goals with fun and engaging experiences on our mobile apps. However, with the custom Cortana integration, we worked closely with Microsoft to design around its unique and innovative intelligent personal assistant technology to create an awesome experience for Fitbit users syncing to the Windows Phone platform – making it even easier for them to track and take control of their health and fitness results.”
Fitbit and Microsoft are working together to add the following new features in a future update to the app:
- Additional Cortana Functionality: Building off of existing food logging and alarms functionality, upcoming Cortana features will include activity logging and the ability to enable exercise mode, all through voice commands (December 2014)
- Support for New Fitbit Products: In addition to existing Fitbit products, Windows Phone users will have immediate syncing with Fitbit Charge beginning today. Support for Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge, as well as heart rate tracking, will be live once these products are available
- Windows App: Windows 8.1 desktop, laptop and tablet users will experience a new Fitbit app for Windows 8.1, completely remade with a new design and better functionality. No longer just a window to stats, the tablet app leverages Microsoft’s universal Windows application platform to deliver a rich and authentic Fitbit experience. Features will include manual logging of activities, food, sleep, weight and water, as well as Challenges (November 2014)
- MobileRun: Windows Phone 8.1 users can access MobileRun, which uses GPS to track, log and compare workouts. The feature also offers real-time updates while running, as well as voice cues delivering stats and providing extra encouragement to meet goals while exercising (December 2014)
- Additional Languages: Windows Phone users will have Korean, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) languages (November 2014)
You can snag the updated app via the download link below (give it some time as the update is still propagating through the servers).Cortana, Fitbit, Microsoft, Windows Phone