Android fitness apps

By Brian Dolan 04:00 am January 7, 2013
At the CES event in Las Vegas this week, Fitbit unveiled a new Bluetooth Smart-enabled, wrist-worn activity tracker, called Fitbit Flex. Like most of Fitbit's other trackers, the Flex also promises to help users track their sleep health if worn at night. All of Fitbit's previous activity trackers were intended to be worn clipped on to clothing or tucked into users' pockets. The Flex, which is...
By Brian Dolan 03:18 am September 18, 2012
This week San Francisco-based Fitbit launched two new activity tracking devices: the Fitbit Zip and the Fitbit One, which both connect directly to smartphones via Bluetooth Smart. Legacy Fitbit devices only uploaded information to the Fitbit portal and app when the wearer was nearby a wireless-enabled hub that plugged into the user's computer via USB, and the new Fitbit devices offer this too for...
By Brian Dolan 01:54 am August 30, 2012
This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which is responsible for developing technical standards for the short-range wireless technology and evangelizing its adoption, announced the finalized standards for Bluetooth Smart sensors that measure speed and cadence for running and cycling. The standards are for devices that use the Bluetooth 4.0 low energy standard branded as Bluetooth...
By Brian Dolan 05:13 pm June 27, 2012
Endomondo, developers of a GPS-enabled sports tracker app, has had more than 10 million downloads for its fitness application. As of last September the company had about 5 million downloads for its app, which is available on a multitude of mobile platforms, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile and Java phones. All in all the app works on more than 250...
By Brian Dolan 01:37 am May 3, 2012
In recent weeks Pebble, developers of a "smartwatch" that connects to iPhone and Android devices via Bluetooth, has become the most successful project or startup to leverage the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise money: So far, it's raised more than $8 million. The Kickstarter platform has only raised a few hundred million overall, which made Pebble's success headline news. This week the...
By Brian Dolan 04:40 pm March 21, 2012
Given the recent influx of connected fitness devices that often offer their own companion smartphone apps, it may come as no surprise that at least one existing fitness app developer has decided to launch its own branded suite of devices to feed data into its app: Austria-based Runtastic. This week the company announced the availability of a GPS-enabled pulse watch and a heart rate chest strap....
By Brian Dolan 01:53 am January 3, 2012
This week MobiHealthNews launched its latest paid research report, mObesity: How Mobile Tools Could Help Prevent Obesity Through Weight Management Apps and Connected Fitness Devices. The report focuses on the news, challenges, and missteps made by some of the highest profile companies offering connected fitness services today. In its 65 pages, mObesity includes a roundup of a couple dozen...
By Brian Dolan 06:02 am November 21, 2011
RunKeeper announced a $10 million round of investments led by Spark Capital, which has also invested in Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, with participation from another new investor, AOL co-founder Steve Case's Revolution Ventures. Return backer OATV, the venture arm of O'Reilly Media, also participated in the new round. The Boston-based startup, which now has 14 employees, plans to use the funding...
By Chris Gullo 10:28 am September 26, 2011
Endomondo, developer of the Sports Tracker fitness app, announced this week $2.3 million in funding from SEED Capital. It is the second round of funding for Endomondo from SEED, which also contributed $800,000 this past March. The app, which provides GPS tracking of distance-based sports, including biking, running and walking, now has 5 million downloads, according to the company. Part of the app...
By Brian Dolan 08:36 am June 24, 2011
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers made an undisclosed seed investment in mobile fitness app developer WorkSmart Labs, according to a report over at AllThingsD. The investment was made through the firm's iFund, which was established in 2008 with $100 million to make investments in iPhone app developers. In 2010 the fund doubled in size to prep for the then-imminent launch of the iPad....