Fitbit is a fairly popular name when it comes to fitness-related wearables. Recently, the company said on its community forums that they don’t have any plans to integrate with the iOS 8 Health app, at least for now.
Apple introduced the Health app in iOS 8 which can be your home for fitness-related information from various apps, shown in a single dashboard. The Cupertino company introduced a new tool called HealthKit, which will allow developers to make use of the health app.
The feature has seen its fair share of delays, and didn’t work when iOS 8 was released for existing devices. Later, the update did arrive, but it brought more problems with it than solutions, disabling cellular connectivity, and TouchID started going bonkers, which resulted in the iOS 8.0.2 update.
Fitbit said in a response on its community forums, “We do not currently have plans to integrate with HealthKit. It is an interesting new platform and we will watch as it matures, looking for opportunities to improve the Fitbit experience. At the moment, we’re working on other exciting projects that we think will be valuable to users. The question we want you to keep in mind when providing feedback is: What do you imagine a HealthKit integration would entail and what do you expect to get out of it?”
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Fitbit CEO James Park further said:
“At Fitbit, our mission is to help people lead healthier, more active lives, so we’re always looking for ways that our users can use their data to support their fitness goals. For the past few years, we’ve been the leader in developing direct partnerships through our open API with hundreds of the most popular health apps, wellness programs, incentive systems, and other services that have enabled our users to make the most of their Fitbit products and data. Because of this commitment to connect with other applications, HealthKit is really interesting to us. Since its announcement, we’ve been evaluating integration with HealthKit as more of its features and benefits are revealed.Fitbit remains committed to supporting all of our users, whether they sync their Fitbit products with iOS, Android or Windows Phone devices, Macs or PCs. While HealthKit works only on the iOS platform, we also plan to maintain direct integrations with our partners so that Android, Windows Phone and PC and Mac users in addition to our iOS users can benefit from our partnerships”.
It’s a little strange to see that Fitbit is not yet integrating with iOS 8’s Health app, but things may change in the future. We’ll update you if that happens.
Date: October 12, 2014