Jawbone released an app on Monday that allows iOS users to track activity and sleep, even without a Jawbone Up wristband. The new Up by Jawbone app for the iPhone takes advantage of new capabilities in Apple Health and HealthKit that allows developers to import data from various sources.
With the release of the new app, there are now two apps called “UP by Jawbone” in the App Store. The old app still requires a Jawbone UP or UP24 fitness wristband in order to use the app, whereas the new app can, for instance, gather step data from your iPhone’s gyroscope and motion coprocessor. The old app has a small TM after its name and a blue icon. The new app has the same icon, but in purple. It’s confusing and it probably means the old app will go by the wayside eventually.
The new Jawbone Up app takes the well-developed Up fitness interface and offers it to users who might not have wanted to purchase a $130 step tracker. Users can manually enter sleep data into the [company]Jawbone[/company] Up app, track calories and share and challenge other friends using Up to track their exercise. All of these stats can be analyzed using Jawbone’s various graphs and views, and they will also sync with Apple’s Health app on the iPhone.
The new Up app is a logical move for Jawbone and had been previously promised by Jawbone executives. After Apple announced the Apple Watch, Jawbone VP Travis Bogard wrote a post saying that he didn’t see it as a threat, because Up is a fitness platform that can pull in data from various sensors, even those on the unreleased Apple Watch or Google’s Android Wear devices, as opposed to simply the software powering a line of smart bracelets. Jawbone CEO Hasain Rahman can talk more about this at our Structure Connect conference next month in San Francisco.