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Jawbone releases Up app for Android

About damn time.

After (literally) years of teasing, Jawbone finally saw fit to release an Android app for its Up wristband. iOS users have been enjoying the app since 2011, with Jawbone constantly stating that an Android app would be coming “soon.” I’ve opined before on Jawbone’s lackluster attitude towards Android, but they have finally delivered.

For future reference, though, “soon” is now understood to be “in one year.”

Bitterness aside, the Up band is an activity tracker that measures steps taken, activity intensity, calorie burn and sleep, and when combined with the app can be used to monitor sleep quality, daily activity and food consumption through built-in food-tracking software, much like Fitbit’s trackers and Nike’s Fuelband.

Use is no longer limited to the U.S. and Canada, either, as Up is now available in 17 other countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Grab the app on Google Play here, with a list of compatible Android devices here. It synced with my Sony Xperia Z, which isn’t on the list, so don’t consider it definitive. Most capable Android 4.0 and higher devices should be compatible.

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