Google’s picks for top 20 free health, fitness apps

By Aditi Pai
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WebMDDuring the third quarter of 2013, Android accounted for 81 percent of all smartphone shipments worldwide compared to 12.9 percent of iOS smartphone shipments, according to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC). This is a new milestone for Android, which has been surpassing iOS shipments for a few years now. Some apps, like Basis Band's connected app, went to the Google Play store even before hitting the iTunes app store.

A few months ago, MobiHealthNews rounded up the top 20 paid health and fitness apps in the Google Play store. The list consisted of a few sleep apps, some fertility trackers and many fitness coaches and ranged from $0.99 to $3.99. The Google Play store also offers a free app store with a similar range of app offerings and some lite versions of the paid apps. In the free store, there were double the number of fertility trackers within the top 20 than the paid store -- six total, and a similar number of activity trackers and fitness coaches. We have rounded up the top 20 free standalone apps listed in the Google Play store (leaving out apps that required a connected device).

1. Calorie Counter

Calorie Counter Play

MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter offers a database of over 3,000,000 foods and boasts a "fast food and exercise entry" process. After entering in food in the app, or online, users can add friends to track and share each other's progress. Besides food, the app can track 350 exercises and if the user's exercise isn't preloaded, he or she can enter it into the app.

2. Period Tracker

Period Tracker

This is the first of many period trackers on the list. Period Tracker has just one button to press at the start of a woman's period every month. From there, the app logs those dates and calculates the average of 3 months' menstrual cycles to predict the start date of her next period. A woman can also view current and future period dates, ovulation and fertile days, her moods and her symptoms in a month-view calendar. The app also offers a diary for women to update their mood for later viewing.