|FitBit Announces App Challenge|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Tuesday, 14 November 2017|
Hot on the heels of the release of the FitBit SDK Developer Preview, there's an updated version and a competition for FitBit Apps.
The updated SDK will be the last before the final release of the first major Fitbit OS update to all Ionic users later this year. Developer Preview 3 introduces a number of new APIs and extra features. There's a new Power API that you can use in your apps to display battery levels and charging status, and the Display API has been updated to let you override the default brightness setting.The developers say they've also exposed more components including tile list layouts and button patterns.
The competition is the first #Made4Fitbit App Challenge. Entries will be judged in three categories:
Apps will be scored on a number of criteria, with the judging panel made up of developers at Team Fitbit and an independent panel of judges from the tech community. Apps will gain points for making innovative use of the Fitbit SDK; for functionality; relevance to the App category in which they are entered; and their overall look and feel.
There will be three winning finalists in each app category, and one App Grand Champ chosen as the app with the highest overall score among the entire pool of entries.
All contestants who submit an eligible Fitbit OS app will receive a #Made4Fitbit t-shirt. Eligible apps must be successfully approved and listed in the Fitbit App Gallery.
In addition to winners being featured in the Fitbit App Gallery, more than $15,000 in prizes will be up for grabs during the #Made4Fitbit App Challenge. Entries for submissions opens on 20 November, with deadlines in December for entries to be submitted. The Grand Champion will be announced on 22 December, 2017.
The #Made4Fitbit App Challenge is currently open to US residents aged 13 and up, and will accept submissions of Fitbit OS apps only,. Fitbit OS clock faces are not eligible entries for this competition. However, the Fitbit team hopes to host clock face challenges and international developer challenges in the near future.
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