Consumer

By Brian Dolan September 10, 2013
With the launch of a revamped 4.0 version of its flagship app, WebMD has begun to execute on a strategy that Bill Pence, the company's EVP and CTO, laid out for MobiHealthNews earlier this year. Based on my March discussion with Pence and a recent interview with Todd Zander, WebMD's VP of Mobile and Emerging Media, the longterm vision for WebMD is to create an app and web experience that includes...
By Jonah Comstock September 6, 2013
Samsung has announced that its Galaxy Gear smartwatch will launch with 70 native apps -- 12 of which were officially revealed by the company on launch. Of those 12, two are fitness apps RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal. The two apps, which recently announced an integration with each other, will allow users to track fitness and nutrition, respectively, from their wrists. RunKeeper is not a surprising...
By Jonah Comstock September 5, 2013
The iPhone version of Argus. This week, Samsung launched its entry into the smartwatch race with the announcement of the Galaxy Gear at a press event in Berlin, Germany, and the watch will serve as a fitness device as well. The watch will get a special version of Azumio's Argus fitness app which also incorporates capabilities of Azumio's Instant Heart Rate and Instant Fitness apps. The...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2013
GreatCall announced the launch of Jitterbug Touch 2, its second generation smartphone offering for older Americans. GreatCall's Jitterbug phones offer simplified user interfaces, cheaper data plans, and built-in health apps, all specifically geared to the older, less tech-savvy demographic. The company, which recently partnered with Bosch Healthcare, launched the Jitterbug Touch in October 2012....
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2013
Fitness app maker Endomondo added a training feature to the premium version of its Endomondo Sports Tracker app. The company also raised the subscription price of its premium app. Endomondo has long been a force in the fitness app world, claiming 18 million users and a platform accessible on a wide range of devices including Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. The company has raised $3....
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2013
Over the past two years, there have been a few efforts to make activity trackers more like jewelry. The Misfit Shine's market strategy turns on the simple elegance of the device, and Misfit CEO Sonny Vu has said many times that invisibility and fashion are the two options for making a wearable device catch on. BodyMedia -- whose armband device is the most-data-intensive, but also the most...
By Jonah Comstock August 26, 2013
RunKeeper's app. A casual mention tucked into the press release on Nike's latest ad campaign sparked some interest from The Next Web last week, as Nike revealed that its Nike+ ecosystem now has more than 18 million users. While that statistic certainly sounds impressive, it might be helpful to put it in some context. Many fitness companies -- particularly device makers like Fitbit and Jawbone...
By Aditi Pai August 26, 2013
A study published earlier this summer in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that Twitter can help people capture dietary intake and behavior. The data from the study was integrated into Eat It Tweet It, an app in the Apple App store created to integrate with Twitter and offer users a portal to tweet exclusively about their diet. The app, created at New Mexico State University,...
By Aditi Pai August 24, 2013
Levchin's Glow app This week, MobiHealthNews wrote about a survey from Flurry that indicated health and fitness users still prefer the iPhone to the iPad, Allscripts' updated EHR iPad app and new company-branded app store, Samsung's launch of a gamified health app in Korea, and Basis' limited iPhone app. Here are some other stories we read this week that will add insight and scope to some...
By Neil Versel August 22, 2013
A startup company is looking to raise $650,000 on Indiegogo to test and eventually bring to market a wireless sensor meant to aid in the early detection of breast cancer and the tracking of patients being treated for the disease that kills 40,000 U.S. women each year. Eclipse Breast Health Technologies, of La Mesa, California, launched its crowdfunding campaign Monday and hopes to reach its goal...