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Fitbit adds Windows Phone Cortana to its tracker app

Simon Jary | Dec. 15, 2014
Cortana joins iPhone and Android features.

Fitbit Cortana Windows Phone

Proving its cross-platform credentials, activity-tracker market leader Fitbit has announced Microsoft Cortana integration when logging and tracking activities and food.

It has also announced new motivational features and additional language support for Fitbit's existing Windows Phone 8.1 app.

The new Windows Phone app features are compatible with all Fitbit products, including the just-announced Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge activity trackers, as well as Fitbit's existing and best-selling Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip. For a detailed comparison read Which Fitbit is Best?

Fitbit launched its free, native app for Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this year, making it the first in the category to bring direct mobile syncing to the Windows Phone platform.

The app launched with automatic wireless syncing, real-time and historical stats, activity and food logging, a Fitbit Live Tile and Fitbit's motivational and social tools, like leaderboards, push notifications, direct messaging and more.

New Fitbit Windows Phone features include:

Cortana: Available now in beta, Fitbit worked with Microsoft to create a custom experience for Cortana inside the Fitbit app to make tracking food and activities more efficient. By speaking to Cortana, users can quickly log any of the 350,000 foods in the Fitbit database, all while using natural language like "Fitbit, I ate lasagna for dinner" or "Fitbit, I had a coffee with breakfast." Users can also create silent alarms for Fitbit trackers

Fitbit challenges: Fitbit's newest app addition brings more motivation to Fitbit's Windows Phone app (as well as to iOS and Android apps). With Fitbit Challenges, users can directly compete with up to ten friends and family to help meet and beat goals in new competitions, including Daily Showdown, Workweek Hustle and Weekend Warrior

MobileTrack: With MobileTrack, Windows Phone users without a Fitbit tracker can still get in on the action. Devices with MobileTrack use Motion Data to track steps directly from the smartphone

Background sync and push notifications: Users can now experience background syncing and push notifications for Challenges, messages, progress updates and more

New language support: Initially available worldwide in English, the Fitbit app for Windows Phone now offers French, German, Italian and Spanish languages (available soon)

"We're committed to the Windows Phone community and are excited to bring these innovative features to the Fitbit experience on this platform," said James Park, CEO and Co-founder of Fitbit.

"As we do across all mobile platforms, we're continuing to design features that empower people with information and motivate them to set and reach goals with fun and engaging experiences on our mobile apps.


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