HTC has teamed up with Under Armour and announced UA Healthbox at CES 2016. The UA Healthbox is a fitness kit that comprises of UA Band (fitness band), UA Heart Rate(heart rate monitor) and UA Scale (smart scale).
Fitbit, the largest wearable band maker is entering India next month. The company will start selling its fitness bands and activity trackers in Indian market starting July 1, as per The Indian Express.
Samsung had filed a patent for a super-slim fitness band which seems to be quite interesting. The patent was filed in March 2014 and just got approved on 21st of this month. It is described as “the ornamental design for a mobile communication device”.
Microsoft is planning to launch a wearable device in coming weeks, according to a new report from Forbes. The report claims that the device will be a smartwatch focusing on fitness activities that will be compatible across multiple platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Google officially announced its own health and fitness tracking platform that competes with Apple’s recently launched Healthkit. Dubbed as Google Fit, the platform will aggregate and collect your fitness data at one place. It will help users monitor their fitness activities like heart rate, blood sugar, steps taken etc on this platform.
The basic idea is that Google is creating a single set of APIs which will allow fitness/health tracking apps and devices to share data with the aim of building a more “complete picture of the user’s fitness”. Users will be given full control over sharing their information with apps and will be able to delete data at any time.
Google Fit partners already include Nike, HTC, LG, Withings, Motorola, Noom, Runtastic, RunKeeper, Adidas, Mio, and Polar. Nike also announced that it will integrate its popular Fuel points system into Google Fit for other apps to use. Adidas is also developing a line of sensor-based health wearables that will integrate with the Google Fit platform.
The Google Fit Platform Preview SDK will be available in the next few weeks.
Nike+FuelBand has finally released an Android app for its fitness tracker. The company has expanded its app two years after it debuted the app on iOS devices.
Last week Forbes claimed that Google is making its foray into fitness wearable with Google Fit. Today, more details about the service which will help users track and aggregate their fitness data is being reported by Android Police.
Apple is rumored to be entering the personal health and fitness tracking segment with the upcoming iPhone and/or supposed iWatch. Earlier this month, 9To5Mac leaked a screenshot from iOS 8 revealing the upcoming Healthbook application for iPhone. Today, 9To5Mac have posted an extensive coverage of the upcoming Healthbook.
Lack of popular apps doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore for the Windows Phone platform as they have lots of applications from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. They happen to have some exclusives for the platform and a fitness application exclusive for Windows Phones comes from the creators of Windows Phone themselves.
Fitness enthusiasts now have yet another option to track their daily walks and runs. Ground Miles is a new app developed by Bupa which is the company behind Max Bupa and is meant to encourage you to walk a bit more. Makes sense coming from a health insurance brand! The app was launched in association with the World Health Federation and is a ‘personalized and motivational’ walking app. The application uses GPS to keep a track of the distance you’ve walked and even helps you locate walking routes.
What sets it apart from the wide range of similar apps available out there is the social bent to the app. The app helps you find walking clubs, compare scores against family members and friends. There’s the usual stats like walking quotient, number of steps taken, distance walked and calories burnt. The Ground Miles app also has a gamification angle to it where it awards badges on the basis of goals crossed. Continue reading “Ground Miles app launched by Bupa, makes fitness tracking social”