HTC launches Fun Fit activity tracking app, but it's not for Grip

By Aditi Pai
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HTC Fun FitHTC, manufacturer of Android and Windows mobile devices, has released an activity tracking app in the Google Play store, called Fun Fit.

The app tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and time spent being active. It creates daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly charts to help users understand their activity history. HTC aims to keep the app fun by providing the user with an avatar and the ability to connect with friends through Facebook so users can stay active with their friends.

Earlier this month, HTC also released its first wristworn activity tracker, called HTC Grip. The Grip, which is waterproof, tracks speed, distance, calories burned for runs, bike rides, and gym workouts, and sleep activity. The device also features a GPS radio so it can track speed, distance, and pace during a user’s workout even when the wearer does not bring their phone along, and the device will sync this data to the user’s smartphone when they get back. HTC said the device will be available in spring 2015.

Although the HTC Grip announcement was just a few weeks before HTC launched Fun Fit, as part of the HTC Grip announcement, HTC said the tracker would sync data exclusively to another company's app, Under Armour's health data aggregation app, UA Record. 

What's more, at an investor day focused on Under Armour’s digital fitness strategy, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank even explained that his company’s partnership with HTC would include UA putting its “stamp” of approval on HTC’s wearables, but also that Under Armour’s Record app will be the app that the HTC wearable feeds its data into -- there will be no official companion app from HTC for it, Plank said.

Under Armour isn't the first digital health company HTC has worked with. Last year, HTC announced that Fitbit’s app, which passively tracks fitness, would be preloaded on all HTC One smartphones.