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Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike has opened up its Fuel fitness metric to Google's new Google Fit platform, the search giant's take on Apple's HealthKit. The move, which follows Nike opening Nike+ to HealthKit as well as the sports company hedges its bets in the health wearable space, will allow Android users to integrate their Fuel scores into an overall fitness plan.

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Google Fit Platform preview: it’s time to get healthy

Google Fit Platform preview: it’s time to get healthy

This year’s Google I/O 2014 is bringing on the wearables with Android Wear - but more important than that for active lifestyle enthusiasts may be the software that’ll make their actions take hold in Android like never before. With Google Fit, developers will be able to work with an Android-based single location for a user’s fitness. You, the user, will have a central console for your health.

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Nike denies Fuelband death but wearable whispers continue

Nike denies Fuelband death but wearable whispers continue

Nike has denied reports that it will kill off the FuelBand, insisting that the fitness-tracking wearable was "an important part" of the company's business overall, though rumors persist that Nike's strategy has changed to one of seeking partnerships instead of making its own hardware. Late last week it was suggested that Nike had effectively dissolved the Nike+ division responsible for the Fuelband SE, while today chatter of a hunt for an external hardware partner - for which Nike would make software and services - has reignited rumors of Apple involvement.

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Nike+ Move app hits App Store

Nike+ Move app hits App Store

Nike has some of the most popular activity and fitness trackers that are available in the form of its FuelBand wearable devices. Nike unveiled its Nike+ FuelBand SE last month packing some interesting technology into a bracelet designed to be worn on the wrist. The biggest problem about those FuelBand devices is that they tend to be expensive putting them out of the reach of some people who would like to own one.

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Nike FuelBand Android support explained by lack of Bluetooth LE

Nike FuelBand Android support explained by lack of Bluetooth LE

But wait a second, you might be saying - am I not holding a device in my hand right now with Bluetooth 4.0 and the capability of working with Bluetooth LE technology? Likely you are. Nike's comments this week suggest that they're not entirely confident that enough Android devices out in the wild work with Bluetooth LE at this time, and that the iPhone's newest editions are ready to roll in a way much more attuned to their preferred ecosystem.

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SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

The original Nike FuelBand works with a rubberized body with the ability to rack up NikeFuel Points with a companion app for iOS devices - the Nike+ FuelBand SE isn't all that different. What you're seeing here is the next-generation device detailed by Nike this week in an effort to reboot the wearable for the next season of fitness fanatics. This device may not look a whole lot different from the original, but it's got a suite of updates in both hardware and software making it an incremental change-up ready to take on 2014.

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