I was greatly surprised by Motiv. Sure, my hopes were less for a fitness tracking ring, but greatly surprised is pleasingly surprised is still pleasantly astonished. The $200 Fitbit alternative gets a couple of key software upgrades this week, including, most notably, the addition of Android compatibility, along with some Alexa integration.
Originally launched as iOS-only, the Ring is taking baby steps toward working with the world’s most famous mobile operating system. It is launching debut as part of an open beta with, “a more comprehensive feature set” appearing by middle of the year. But sportive users can download the app from the Google Play Store right now.
The fitness tracking ring now operates with Alexa, also. Users can take help from Amazon’s smart assistant to sync data and measure their heart rate. More metrics are on the way by year’s end, in an effort to save having to look at a phone screen every time, I suppose. After all, Motiv does not seem likely to cram a tiny screen into the ring any time soon.
Speaking of Amazon, the Ring is now on sale via the online retail giant. Motiv will also be selling the ring at b8ta stores, for those who went to see it personally before dropping $200.
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