Fitbit App Gets Updated, Adds HTC One M8 Compatibility For Standalone Use Without Fitbit Hardware

March 25, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

If you needed any more of a reason to buy either an HTC One M8 or a Fitbit Flex, perhaps the very best reason would be the addition of the Fitbit app on the M8. Yes, it comes pre-loaded for those that are interested in getting a Fitbit to pair with their new found device, or for those who are wanting to pick one up. It’s a little bit of a different answer to the health and fitness boom that we’re starting to see become associated with our smartphones now, but we like the idea of Fitbit and HTC together. Samsung has their new Galaxy S5 loaded with S-Health and the heart rate sensor, and they have the Gear Fit to work with it for more in depth fitness tracking, and they all presumably pair quite nicely together. For those that lean more towards HTC though, or prefer to spend less than a few hundred on a wearable that can help us keep track of our health and fitness activities, the Fitbit is worth a look especially with these new updates.

Fitbit was already one of the best selling wearables from last year, and this only seeks to bolster their sales for this year as many new HTC One M8 owners will be introduced to what they have to offer. Although some might find it advantageous to buy a Fitbit device alongside their new HTC One M8, the app and the phone can be used without the hardware, so there is no requirement to have a Fitbit device on top of the other two.

In addition to the HTC One M8 having an integrated step counter, the Fitbit app has some updates that can make the whole user experience with it all that much better. Users will find a new Fitbit widget they can place on the home screen if they decide to use their handset instead of separate fitness hardware, which should make using the device as a stand alone setup easier. Users can also now see their Fitbit associated badges within Blink Feed for Sense 6.0, so if you find yourself checking your home screen feeds quite often, it’ll be a nice place to show off how active you’ve been. There’s nothing wrong with a little bragging rights. The app update for Fitbit is live so if you have already ran down to your local store and picked up the One M8, you can install the app and give it a go.