One of the features of Apple's new iOS 8 is HealthKit - a system which is capable of integrating data from a number of different sources (like exercise and dieting apps) to give you an overview of how your health and fitness is progressing.
It's a great idea for people who want to be more health conscious - which is surely most of us - and naturally many app developers have rushed to get involved in the service. But one major manufacturer has no interest in getting invovled as yet - Fitbit.
The American company which is behind a variety of highly popular fitness trackers, including 2013's Fitbit Flex wrist mounted tracker, has decided they won't be part of the ecosytem. In a message posted on their forums, they admitted that HealthKit was interesting but not worth engaging with just yet:
"We do not currently have plans to integrate with HealthKit… It is an interesting new platform and we will watch as it matures, looking for opportunities to improve the Fitbit experience. At the moment, we’re working on other exciting projects that we think will be valuable to users."
While some users have been disappointed by the news, it makes a certain amount of sense. HealthKit has yet to prove that its a valuablesystem and its early release was marred by an issue with iOS. Also, Fitbit retains much of their user data on their website, requiring a yearly fee to access all of its features. Which is something they certainly don't want to be giving away for free.
iOS 8 with HealthKit is out now.