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Nike finally releases FuelBand app for Android after two-year wait

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Ever since Nike launched the original FuelBand fitness tracker in 2012, many health-minded consumers have begged and pleaded for the company to expand beyond iOS and make the move to Android. For more than two years, those calls went unanswered. Yet today, and seemingly out of nowhere, Nike has released a FuelBand companion app for Android. The new software arrives after months of rumors chronicling layoffs at Nike and predictions of the FuelBand's demise. Clearly not everyone's been shown the door, though; Nike+ FuelBand for Android carries over most every feature you'd expect from iOS. Users can establish and keep up with their fitness goals, track NikeFuel, and upload all of that data to Nike+. But there are a couple limitations to be aware of.

First, the app only works with the newer FuelBand SE. If you own the original, less colorful hardware, you're out of luck. And you'll need a phone running Android 4.3 or above to get moving. Nike notes that the app has been "optimized" for use alongside particular devices like the Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Nexus 5, HTC One, and Moto X — whatever that means. But so long as you meet the Android 4.3 prerequisite, it should work to some extent. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the FuelBand's future, you may want to hold off in running out to buy one. But for anyone that's desperately wanted to get in on Nike+, your chance is finally here.