Android

By Jonah Comstock 08:15 am March 27, 2013
Jawbone UP's new Android app. Jawbone UP made its latest move last week in the increasingly crowded wearable activity tracker field: The company introduced an Android companion app for its wristworn tracker and also launched the UP in Europe, with Asia, Australia, and the Middle East to come. The multinational launch includes additional support for 11 languages to the iOS app, and the bracelet...
By Jonah Comstock 11:44 am March 19, 2013
UC Irvine researcher Gene Tsudik (Photo by Steve Zylius) A team led by University of California-Irvine researchers has developed what's been called an Android-based smartphone paternity test. The app would allow two people, if they had access to their digitized genomes, to run a paternity test comparing their genomes, determine how closely related they are, and even scan their genome for...
By Jonah Comstock 02:58 am March 7, 2013
Panasonic's ToughPad was subjected to a shower of water at HIMSS 2013. One of the media narratives that came out of CES this year, was that despite not attending the show, as is its custom, Apple managed to have a significant effect on the proceedings. The same thing could be said of HIMSS, especially when it comes to tablets, where Apple's absence was keenly felt in the midst of so many...
By Jonah Comstock 12:43 pm February 13, 2013
Activity tracking device maker Fitbit has announced a major upgrade this week, its devices now wirelessly sync to Android devices using Bluetooth 4.0. At launch, syncing will be enabled for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with more promised to come. Just like they do now with iOS devices (and the Microsoft Surface tablet), the Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip, and the forthcoming...
By Jonah Comstock 09:53 am December 26, 2012
If there are two groups of people who can attest to just how hard it is to motivate healthy behavior change, it's health app developers and trainers -- especially trainers who work at gyms during the first few weeks of the year. Scores of people resolve to go to the gym more in the New Year, manage to sign up for memberships, and maybe end up going a few times. But for many it stops there....
By Jonah Comstock 10:35 am December 21, 2012
Noom, a developer of Android health management apps, raised $2.6 million in its first venture round to expand its flagship product, the Noom Weight Loss Coach, into Korea. The round was led by m8 Capital, a UK-based firm that invests exclusively in mobile technologies. Its portfolio includes memory-enhancement app Evernote. Also contributing to Noom's latest round were Qualcomm Ventures, Harbor...
By Jonah Comstock 12:46 pm November 19, 2012
The Doro Secure 740, Doro's new 3G smartphone Doro, the Swedish company that makes mobile phones specifically designed for seniors, has announced a partnership with Bosch Healthcare to expand Bosch's European telehealth network to include a mobile phone-based component. Up until now, Bosch's telehealth offering in Europe has been in the home, Doro CEO Jerome Arnaud told MobiHealthNews....
By Jonah Comstock 01:23 pm November 6, 2012
Mountain View, California-based iHealth Labs announced today the launch of a suite of smartphone-enabled health monitors, which are mostly updates of devices that were already available from the company, a subsidiary of China-based medical device company Andon Health. Best Buy has already begun stocking the Bluetooth-enabled devices, which include the iHealth Wireless Body Analysis Scale, the...
By Neil Versel 06:38 am June 11, 2012
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and...
By Chris Gullo 12:36 pm November 16, 2011
In the US, 63 percent of mobile phone subscribers in the 25-34 age demographic own smartphones, according to a new survey from Nielsen. Apple is the most popular hardware manufacturer, producing 23 percent of all smartphones, but Android takes the top operating system title with 43 percent of the market. About 18 percent of those aged 65 years and older are now using smartphones, up from 12...