Fitbit updated with support for Nexus devices, Moto X

BY Kelly Hodgkins

Published 20 Dec 2013


Fitbit on Android has been a hit or miss experience, with only a handful of devices supported by the app. A robust beta process has paved the way for a major update of the app that brings syncing support to select Google’s Nexus and Motorola devices. 

The updated Fitbit app landed in the App Store on  December 19th and it is the culmination of testing by dedicated Android owners who ran a beta version of the app and helped track down bugs.  This latest version adds support for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Moto X, Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr HD MAXX, Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx running Android 4.4. or greater.

Though they are now supported and sync quite easily, the option for the always-on background sync is turned off by default in Android. Background sync allows your tracker to sync automatically with your Android device, even when the Fitbit app is in the background. You can enable this feature, but it could lead to an excessive drain on your phone’s and your Fitbit’s battery.

Other devices previously supported by the app include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Note III, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and the HTC One. If you own a supported Android device, you can download the Fitbit app from the Google Play Store for free. If you own a device not mentioned above, you can join the Android beta group and help bring the app to even more Android devices.