March 18, 2015
HTC, 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...
March 18, 2015
Some 46 percent of healthcare professionals want to introduce smartphone apps into their practice within the next five years, according to a survey conducted by market research company Research Now of 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the US.
Research Now defined healthcare professional as inclusive of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals.
While 16 percent of...
March 5, 2015
San Francisco-based Fitbit has confirmed that it will acquire fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, to add more training features, according to a report from TechCrunch. The tech publication had previously reported the deal would be between $25 million to $40 million and include a mix of cash and stock.
FitStar is backed by Google Ventures and Trinity Ventures.
Fitbit already offers a premium...
February 27, 2015
Fitbit is in discussions to acquire fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, for $25 to $40 million in a mix of cash and stock as early as next week, according to a report from TechCrunch. The report adds that it's possible the deal may not go through.
FitStar has created two apps, FitStar Personal Trainer and FitStar Yoga. The latter launched a few months ago. Both applications are free to...
February 26, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch
Five percent of US broadband households use a smart watch that offers health and fitness tracking features, according to research firm Parks Associates.
Parks also found that 8 percent of US broadband households use a digital pedometer or activity tracker.
Parks Associates’ research analyst Tejas Mehta pointed out that unless smartwatch makers can convince consumers...
February 5, 2015
At the end of 2014 NBCUniversal launched a new digital fitness offering, called Radius. The multi-platform service provides consumers with unlimited access to fitness videos for a weekly, semi-annual, or annual subscription.
The media conglomerate's fitness app, available on iPads and iPhones, is part of a multi-platform fitness offering from the company. Subscribers can also access Radius via...
January 5, 2015
Wellness app maker Noom has raised $15 million, according to an SEC filing. Han-Sing Hi-Tech Fund as well as existing investors TransLink Capital and RRE Ventures contributed to the round, according to Fortune's Term Sheet. This brings the company's total funding to at least $24.6 million.
Other existing investors include Recruit Strategic Partners, Scrum Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and Harbor...
October 29, 2014
San Francisco, California-based running and cycling app maker Strava raised $18.5 million in a round led by Sequoia with participation from existing investors Sigma West and Madrone Capital Partners. This brings the company's total funding to at least $34.6 million.
Strava will use the funds to expand its service globally.
"Strava is building tomorrow's sporting network in the manner that...
October 16, 2014
A few weeks ago, MobiHealthNews compiled a list of 23 health and wellness apps that connect to Apple’s HealthKit platform, which feeds health and wellness data from third party devices and apps into its consumer-facing app, called Health. Health is preloaded on all iPhones running iOS 8.
And even though, last week, popular activity tracker app Fitbit posted on its customer feedback forum that it...
October 1, 2014
Close to 75 percent of adults do not use a fitness device or app to track their weight, diet, or exercise, according to a survey of 979 US adults conducted by research firm TechnologyAdvice.
The survey found that 11 percent of respondents use a wearable fitness tracker, 14.1 percent use an app to track health, 14.5 percent do not track health but plan to start, and 60.4 percent do not track their...