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With the growing popularity of fitness wearables, Apple’s Health app in iOS 8 seeks to keep all your health information stocked in one place. But it seems that Fitbit, makers of some of the most popular fitness trackers around, have no plans to integrate with Apple’s health solution so far.
Responding to inquiries about iOS 8 compatibility on its customer forums (via 9to5Mac), Fitbit stated the following:
“We do not currently have plans to integrate with HealthKit. It is an interesting new platform and we will watch as it matures, looking for opportunities to improve the Fitbit experience. At the moment, we’re working on other exciting projects that we think will be valuable to users. The question we want you to keep in mind when providing feedback is: What do you imagine a HealthKit integration would entail and what do you expect to get out of it?”
It’s odd that such a popular fitness company would miss an opportunity to join in on Apple’s party, but Fitbit seems to be confident enough in its own platform to not hurry onto HealthKit yet. We’ll keep an eye out for what Fitbit is planning.
Fitbit emailed us with a statement from CEO James Park:
At Fitbit, our mission is to help people lead healthier, more active lives, so we’re always looking for ways that our users can use their data to support their fitness goals. For the past few years, we’ve been the leader in developing direct partnerships through our open API with hundreds of the most popular health apps, wellness programs, incentive systems, and other services that have enabled our users to make the most of their Fitbit products and data. Because of this commitment to connect with other applications, HealthKit is really interesting to us. Since its announcement, we’ve been evaluating integration with HealthKit as more of its features and benefits are revealed.
Fitbit remains committed to supporting all of our users, whether they sync their Fitbit products with iOS, Android or Windows Phone devices, Macs or PCs. While HealthKit works only on the iOS platform, we also plan to maintain direct integrations with our partners so that Android, Windows Phone and PC and Mac users in addition to our iOS users can benefit from our partnerships.
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