Huawei teams up with Jawbone to get smartphone users active

MWC 2015: UP platform to land on Chinese company's phones and wearables
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Huawei has been busy in Barcelona. Not only has its new wearable trio reached officialdom, the Chinese company has also announced an interesting new partnership with Jawbone.

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The deal will not only see the Jawbone UP app pre-installed on Huawei smartphones, it also means that Jawbone's platform will be the health and fitness tracking default for Huawei's smartwatches and activity trackers.

"At Jawbone, our strategy has been to build the UP system as an open platform to enable a wide range of manufacturers and devices to integrate with our software," said Travis Bogard, vice president of product management and strategy at Jawbone.

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"We're delighted to be partnering with Huawei to bring the UP system to their handsets and wearables. Huawei is one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer technology and this announcement allows us to greatly expand the UP platform, helping millions more people on the road to getting fit and healthy."

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Jawbone has been making big strides in making its ecosystem more powerful and connected in recent months. In September it opened up its UP software to make itself more cross-platform friendly, meaning integrated data from the likes of Pebble, Fitbit, Android Wear smartwatches and smartphones.

It also recently launched the Jawbone Marketplace - an online store offering third party IoT devices that tap into its UP ecosystem.


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