Withings is adding Android support to its pair of fancy watches, the Withings Activité and the Activité Pop. The new capability is available starting from today, March 2nd, allowing an army of Android smartphone and tablet to join the [activity tracking] party.
What makes Withings’ products different from the rest of the pack is the fact that they look and feel like regular watches, with built-in sensors quietly recording one’s steps and calories burned in the background. This in turn should keep people using the Activité and Activité Pop for longer than competing products.
What makes Withings’ products different from the rest of the pack is the fact that they look and feel like regular watches.“The activity tracker category has a huge problem with abandonment, and so consumers don’t really get to see the benefit of long-term data and the impact it can have on their health,” said Cedric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “The Activité and Activité Pop’s design, ease of use and now Android compatibility combine for the most accessible activity tracker that we’ve ever seen.”
Most Withings devices are already Android compatible — including the Smart Body Analyzer, and the Smart Blood Pressure Monitor — with Withings Aura and Home getting the same capability in the near future.
Additionally, Withings is also adding support for Google Fit, to enable users to share their weight (from Smart Body Analyzer), steps and heart rate (Withings Pulse 0x), and steps (Withings Health Mate app)/
The Withings is Activité is available to buy from Withings.com for a MSRP of $450. Activité Pop will be available at Best Buy stores in the U.S. and online in March 2015 for a MSRP of $149.95.