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The Misfit Shine is a very versatile activity tracker, as wearers can use it strapped to their wrists, hanging from around their necks, or attached to their belts. Unfortunately, they haven't yet been able to use it with an Android device. Now that changes. Misfit Wearables has launched a companion app into the Play Store.

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The company had promised to release the app in early 2014, but they decided to roll this release out just a bit early. The software doesn't yet have feature parity with the iOS version, but users can still sync with their Shine, set personal goals, and view visual summaries of their progress.

A few limitations remain. Users must have a device running Android 4.3 or higher with Bluetooth Low Energy support. A number of high-end phones that should be able to run the software include the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note III, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the HTC One. Yet while these devices are explicitly listed, other capable handsets should be able to install the app just fine.

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You will still need to get your hands on a Misfit Shine in order to actually take advantage of the app's functionality. Thankfully, there's currently a sale going on that should make doing so slightly more affordable, as it knocks $20 off the activity tracker's regular retail price of $120.

Misfit Releases Much-Anticipated Android Application for Shine

REDWOOD CITY, CA December 2, 2013 -- Misfit Wearables, makers of Shine, an elegant physical activity monitor that you can wear anywhere, today announced the highly demanded release of the Shine App for Android. Users can now use Shine with devices running Android 4.3 and above with Bluetooth 4.0, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4/Note 3, Google Nexus 4/5, and HTC One. The app allows users to sync their Shine, set their personal activity goals, see visual summaries of how they're doing each day and week-to-week, among other features.

Shine is an all-metal, lightweight activity monitor that can be worn anywhere on the body to track activity (steps, calories, distance) and sleep (light, deep). It syncs wirelessly and effortlessly with smartphones and is powered by a coin cell battery for up to 4-6 months, allowing users to forego cables for syncing or charging. Made from diamond-cut, aircraft-grade aluminum, Shine was designed to be timeless and built to last a lifetime.

Tap Shine and a halo of lights appear to show progress toward your daily physical activity goal. Set goals on the app and then wear Shine anywhere: hip, neck, wrist, shoes, chest, shirt, etc. Super-strong and water resistant to 50 meters, Shine is also great for swimming.

Described as “arguably the best looking fitness tracker out there” and “an insanely aesthetic activity monitor,” Shine is the most elegant product in its category having garnered most of the major product design awards including the Red Dot, GOOD, and A’ Design Awards for its sleek visual presentation and ease of use.

Shine is available in gray at the Apple Store, Best Buy, Target, and thousands of other retail stores in over 20 countries. In the US, a special edition Coca-Cola Red Shine is available at Apple Stores; and Champagne and Topaz Shines are exclusively available at Best Buy. Shine can also be purchased athttp://store.misfitwearables.com/

Users can now access Android compatibility on their smartphone devices to enjoy all of the benefits Shine has to offer.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Brandon Watkins

    Even at 100$ that seems like a rip off. We know they could sell it at 50$ and still make a good profit, and I'd buy one at 50$.

    • meelyg

      Cmon, in this economy who doesn't have
      $120 , Android 4.3+, 1 kidney to spare

    • Mado

      Your question makes me think: how much does it cost to build a typical smartphone? How much of the retail price of a phone is manufacturer's markup? Look at PS4, it's built like a top mid-range PC, and retails at near cost...

      • Brandon Watkins

        Well first off, it was a statement, not a question. Secondly, this is not anywhere near,even a low-end smartphone, that you can buy for 100$. It basically has a 5$ calculator CPU, 3-axis accelerometer, BT 4.0, and 12 LED's. Oh yeah, and a watch battery. No where near its 120$ price tag. Its marketed at the apple ecosystem where they don't mind paying for high prices for a premium look.

    • Nathan Fellman

      And of course, the design came for free.
      The accompanying smartphone apps (without which this gadget is useless) came free.
      I doubt that a small company like this has enough volume to cover the development costs with a significantly smaller margin.

  • wtf

    What a. cheap sob.

  • Frances Bennett

    I think it should be mentioned that the HTC One is slightly misleading - for those, like me, with a One S we're forever going to be stuck with Android 4.1 :'(

  • Kim

    The app for my htc one phone is very disappointing. You can't change your activity so you never get a real reflection of calories burned or where your at in your daily goal. Won't link to my iPad 3 either. Not impressed at all. Sorry guys I'd go with a different brand like fit bit....

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