Fitbit Now Tracks Your Activity on a Nexus 6P or 5X Without the Wearable

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  1. dgstorm

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    Although it's obviously limited on everything it can do, apparently the Fitbit app has been upgraded so that it no longer requires the actual wearable for many of its functions. You can actually get several of its capabilities directly with your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X.

    The app uses the dedicated Sensor Hub chipset found in these devices to help detect various movements which suggest activity. Here's a quote with the details,

    "It's called the Android Sensor Hub and acts to monitor the device's movement, not unlike the co-processor in the new iPhone 6s. The dedicated processor connects directly to the camera's sensors to reduce the phone's overall power consumption. This chip allows the phone to run advanced activity-recognition algorithms that, say, notice when you start a run or hop on your bike -- even if you haven't turned on the screen." ~ Engadget

    Here's our dedicated sections for discussions on both of these devices:

     
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    Any word on how this differs from what Google Fit has been doing all this time?

    Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that they're offering software without requiring one of their devices, but what's the real draw to pull me away from Fit, which I left Samsung's S Health for in the first place?

    I don't need much in the way of tracking. I just enjoy getting a little bit of motivation to get up from my desk and move around and the feeling of accomplishment when I surpass my daily goal.
     
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    So I need to carry my phone with me everywhere now? I quit wearing that stupid band after my work challenge was done.
     
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    That's exactly what I was wondering. What does it have to offer that Google fit doesn't already?
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    All I really care about is how much I walk/run/bike and track my weight which Google does perfectly.
     
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    I suppose it's good for folks that already have a fitbit. You can keep tracking even if you forget to wear it or something.

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    Before S Health and Google Fit were the only ones I'm aware of that had this feature. It's nice that those who, as you wrote below, already are using the Fitbit app
    No it's just an option if you want to track your steps and stuff and not have to wear that "stupid band". Just an added ability not a must do.

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    Don't listen to him @Mustang02. You better have your phone on you 24/7 from here on out.
     
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    When I'm active I don't have any devices on me. I know I did it and don't need a log of it.