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Nike FuelBand app no longer needs a FuelBand to work

Nike has issued an update for its Fuelband companion app which means users to longer need to wear the device in order to collect movement data.

The update issued on Friday makes the app completely self-sufficient as it can now harness information gathered by the dedicated M7/M8 motion co-processors, which sit within newer iPhone models.

Previously, the app had relied on a Bluetooth connection with the FuelBand itself.

The update gives FuelBand users the opportunity to take the wristband off for a while without missing out on that precious NikeFuel. In fact, they can take it take it off forever and manage perfectly well as long as they have their iPhone on them.

However, it’s fair to say the data collection isn’t the only reason to wear the FuelBand. The LED lights show users how far they’re progressing towards goals, while it also displays the number of steps in real time.

Wearers also get motivation prompts to get up and move and ‘win the hour’ by staying active for more than five minutes.

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Today’s update is another indication from Nike of its intention to pull out of the fitness tracker market in order to focus on software.

The new app supported Apple’s HealthKit and now shares data with the Nike+ Running app too.

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