Last month we saw word of a Fitbit beta release program that was going to add sync support for a variety of additional devices, including the Nexus 5. Well, judging from the Fitbit app update that recently arrived in the Play Store, it appears as if the beta testing was a success. The Fitbit app has been updated and with that comes sync support for a handful of new devices as well as improved support for a pair of older devices.
The new additions include the Nexus 5 and 4 smartphones as well as the 2013 edition Nexus 7 tablet. Also included is the Moto X, DROID RAZR M, RAZR HD and HD MAXX. Bottom line here, if you happen to be a Fitbit user with any of those devices, you no longer need to sync through your computer. You will need to make sure the app is freshly updated and otherwise, the app will take you through the process of getting things setup.
One bit worth mentioning when it comes to syncing with those handsets — Fitbit has opted to keep the background sync option off by default. That essentially means your tracker will only sync when the app is active and open. This route should help to keep battery life as good as possible, however turning the background sync option on is simple and required nothing more than a few taps into the settings.
Otherwise, as for those previously supported devices that saw improvements. Those who have been following along with the Fitbit and direct sync with Android likely have a good guess as to where they are from — Samsung. In this case the improvements are for the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III. While this still leaves quite a few devices that cannot sync directly, it is nice to see Fitbit taking steps to add more to the list.