In a sudden and unexplained move, Xiaomi’s Mi Fit app has been renamed to Zepp Life. The Mi Fit app was used to control Xiaomi’s Mi Band and Mi Watch fitness bands and smartwatches. The new Zepp Life app is operated by Amazfit’s parent company Zepp Health.
Moving forward, newer Xiaomi wearables will use a new version of the Mi Fitness app, which merges Xiaomi Health and Xiaomi Wear/Xiaomi Wear Lite apps together. Older models like the Xiaomi Smart Band 6 will move to the Zepp Life app. This will be true for global markets, including China, for both the Android and iOS platforms. This has created confusion and signifies a deep partnership between Huami (Amazfit) and Xiaomi.
As per Xiaomi’s spokesperson, “Xiaomi will support Huami’s decision to rebrand Mi Fit app as Zepp Life. While this app will continue to be operated by the Huami brand, rest assured that it will continue to support compatible Xiaomi devices, including Mi Smart Band Series and Mi Smart Scales.”
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This development comes at a time when rumours about the next wearable, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7, are beginning to pop up. The new Mi Smart Band 7 is expected to sport a slightly larger display (compared to the Mi Smart Band 6) and come with a new set of sensors, including a body temperature sensor.
In this recent development, a Zepp spokesperson said, “The new Zepp Life app focuses more on the health and daily activity of every user to deliver a better user experience, Zepp Health is dedicated to offering high-quality services to about 100 million global users. The two parties are also committed to ongoing strategic partnerships in chip development, algorithm research, and technological advancement in the field of smart wearables.”
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