Jawbone has released the much-requested UP app for the UP24 fitness tracker, with version 3.0 of the software finally adding support for the Bluetooth wearable. Fresh to the Google Play store today, the new app allows the UP24 to communicate wirelessly and deliver real-time feedback on steps, calorific burn, sleep, and other metrics, features that iOS users have been enjoying since the UP24 was first released back in November.
Jawbone has released UP 3.1, the latest version of its companion app for the UP and UP24 fitness-tracking wristbands, with the promise of more tailored health insights, better sleep tracking, and silent alarms. The new app puts specific emphasis on what Jawbone describes as "Sound Sleep": the best quality, deep sleep phase that people slip into when they're not tossing and turning in bed.
"Data is nice, but understanding is better" Jawbone health platform product manager Andrew Rosenthal tells us, snapping his black UP24 around his wrist. You can't accuse the former MIT hacker of lacking confidence about either his employer or its product, the wildly successful UP range of fitness trackers now among the best-known wearables on the market. Nor can you doubt his enthusiasm for that data's potential to amount to far more than a tally of your steps. "Tracking is the data, and that's really important to get right, but that's table stakes at this point and we've spent the past two and a half years getting that right" Rosenthal points out. "The reason Jawbone's going to win in this space, the differentiator in the market, is going to be the ability of companies to make sense of the data, to put it in context, and then to help their users actually act on it, and change their behavior."
For some its an addiction; for others it's a treat; and for the unlucky it's a shortcut to insomnia. Caffeine fuels many of us, and it's the subject of Jawbone's latest health tracking app, UP Coffee, the first fruits of the new Jawbone Apps Lab. The free app - which is available to iOS users, and doesn't require an UP or UP24 band to use - logs your daily intake of coffee, tea, Coke, and other beverages, and gives you health insights ranging from an at-a-glance gage as to whether you're wired or ready for bed.
Rounding out this quiet Friday night, a couple of apps have scored improvements and new features with updates that rolled out today: Jawbone's UP app and EasilyDo Smart Assistant. With the updates come changes ranging from bug fixes to a revamped design and additional functionality.
Time was, in Bluetooth headsets, you generally had to choose between style and performance. Some looked great but suffered poor battery life and mediocre audio quality; at the other extreme, you could have lengthy runtimes and excellent audio, but only if you didn't mind looking like you'd just walked out of a call center. Jawbone wants to change all that with the 2014 ERA, a slimmed-down, spec'd-up update of its flagship Bluetooth headset, but can it really bridge both successfully? Read on for the SlashGear review.
Fully intent on making full use of the smart wearable devices you might already own, the company known as Zero has begun to take shape. This company is brought on by former HTC executive Kouji Kodera, and is starting out with attention on fitness bands. Working with the bands from a variety of companies - Nike FuelBand, Fitbit, and Jawbone Up, this "Zero" company intends on creating a variety of use-cases and software to connect and keep useful.
Beginning today, you can now waterproof -- or, at the very least, water-resist -- your Jambox wireless speakers when you order through the Jawbone website. The treatment option comes by way of a Jawbone partnership with Liquipel, the company responsible for the microscopically thin coating of liquid repellant found in some of today's high-tech devices. The option is available for the regular and mini versions of the Jambox.
You can't accuse Jawbone of taking shortcuts with its fitness wearables. The company prematurely pulled the plug on the original 2011 UP and took it back to the lab to work on battery and stability for a year before the 2012 version was released, and it's taken another twelve months for Jawbone to settle on a wireless implementation it's happy with. The Jawbone UP24 is the culmination of those efforts, now toting Bluetooth LE for real-time exercise and sleep updates on your iOS device. Meanwhile, Jawbone also has UP 3.0 ready for release, the latest version of its iPhone app, and which will also work with the existing UP (which stays on sale, too), so is the UP24 worth the upgrade? Read on for our review.