|Jawbone UP Fitness Bracelet Now Works With Android|
|By PETE PACHAL||Mar 20, 2013, 12:21 AM|
The Jawbone UP has a lot going for it as a fitness bracelet — it's durable, comfortable and simple — but until now it's been limited to iPhone users. That just changed with the introduction of the Jawbone UP app for Android in Google Play.
Jawbone originally launched the UP in late 2011, but recalled the gadget in the wake of many returns due to damage. It spent months designing a more rugged replacement and in late 2012 released the newer, tougher UP. It works by measuring the steps you take throughout a day as well as your sleep patterns, inputting the data into an accompanying app.
In addition to coming to Android, the bracelet is now for sale in Europe, Asia and Australia, with Middle East availability coming in April as well. It costs $129 online.
Jawbone hasn't said how many UP users there are or how many bracelets it's sold, although it does say UP users track "billions" of steps and "millions" of hours of sleep every week. The app also lets users manually input their meals.
The UP isn't wireless like the Nike+ Fuelband. Instead, it syncs with the app by manually connecting to your phone's headphone jack. Jawbone says it designed the UP without wireless to extend battery life, which tends to last about 10 days.
Mashable Lifestyle Editor Andrea Smith liked the Jawbone UP when she first tried it, but she also said there should be more guidance on the data it tracks. "Light sleep, deep sleep — is that good? Is that bad? What does it mean? I'd like to get more information." (Hear the whole conversation in the video below.)
While the UP didn't have the ability to share to social networks at launch, Jawbone added Facebook sharing in February.
Are you interested in the UP now that it's on Android? Let us know in the comments.