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A sparkling new mobile version of the Fitbit website.

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My name is Tim. I’m the (relatively) new VP of Interactive here at Fitbit.  I am responsible for the website, mobile products and APIs.  (APIs allow other people to develop products that connect to Fitbit, in case you didn’t know).

So to start this year off right, we proudly announce the Fitbit Mobile Website.  What is it?  A version of the Fitbit website that is designed just for the browsers on mobile phones.  It doesn’t include everything we do on the regular website, but instead offers priority features you’ll want to access while away from you computer.   Things such as… food logging, activity tracking, weight logging and top summary stats.  You can access the new mobile website by pointing your phone’s web browser at m.fitbit.com.  To be clear, this isn’t an iPhone application that you get from the app store or Android application.  However, you can use the Mobile Website from either of these devices.  And yes.  It’s free.

The Mobile Website is a step in the right direction to make the mobile Fitbit experience even better, but it has it’s limitations.  For instance, you can check your step count using the Mobile Website, but it will only show from your most recent sync with the base station.  So if you are out and about all day and check the mobile site, your stats will be lower than what’s on your Fitbit.  Also, you do need an Internet connection to access the Mobile Website.

There are also some key features missing from the Mobile Website that we hope to add in.  These include:

  • Logging water consumption
  • Allowing you to log saved meals (not creating a meal – you’ll need to do that on the website)
  • Manually entering calories for activities, like you can do on the site
  • Creating a custom food
  • And maybe some more sleep stats

And we’re just getting started.  Native mobile apps are still coming – expect the iPhone app and then an Android app after that.

And what about APIs?  You can expect to see some initial APIs from us soon.  Stay tuned.  Closely tuned.

14 Responses leave one →
  1. Regina permalink
    February 1, 2011

    Great! A BlackBerry app would be nice too. Not everyone is a droid or apple user. :)

    Thx!

  2. Nancy B. permalink
    February 1, 2011

    Will Blackberry users be able to view the results on the mobile?

  3. troberts permalink
    February 1, 2011

    We did some initial testing on the Blackberry and unfortunately, the Blackberry browser seemed to be problematic. But give it a try. Can’t hurt.

  4. February 3, 2011

    These are welcome updates!! I’m really rooting for you guys to do well in this space. Moving toward a mobile-centric market is a step in the right direction.

    The next huge (HUGE) step will be releasing an API, which you said you guys are all over. I would love to get my hands on the data and do some mashups. Please hurry!

    Going to go test it now…

  5. February 3, 2011

    Looks good on my WebOS phone. Thanks for starting with the mobile web which is open to many more users than just iOS.

  6. February 3, 2011

    mobile site looks Gr8 on iPhone,
    the last time tracker synced is a very useful information – can this be added to the main site also.

  7. Patrick Earley permalink
    February 4, 2011

    When are you going to interact with, or develop on your own, heart rate monitoring capabilities?

  8. Rich permalink
    February 5, 2011

    Windows Phone 7 app too

  9. February 6, 2011

    Is there anyway at some point to be able to use our phone to sync the fit bits data to the website? Just a thought.

  10. February 7, 2011

    Loving the mobile website- any thought about apps as well?

  11. James permalink
    February 11, 2011

    Can you give us a date when your API will be available? I’m looking forward to it!

  12. troberts permalink
    February 11, 2011

    @james – just announced today
    http://blog.fitbit.com/?p=325

    @whitney iphone app is in progress.

  13. Rob permalink
    July 19, 2011

    Hey Tim,

    Huge fan of the fitbit and I’m telling as many of my friends as possible. Its HUGE on the Microsoft campus. Is there any room to consider adding the Windows Phone 7 to your test matrix? The mobile website doesnt work as well as I’d like on the WP7 browser. More preferred would be a mobile app port of your iphone app to windows (I hear this is pretty straightforward although still an investment). Thoughts?

    -Rob Ashby

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