May 25, 2016
Smartwatch maker Pebble, one of the first companies to popularize the modern smartwatch concept, has launched a new device, called Pebble Core, that specifically targets runners. Unlike Pebble's other devices, Core is not a wristworn device, but a "a tiny little Android phone without a screen" that runners can clip-on or stick in their pocket, Pebble CEO and co-founder Eric Migicovsky told...
February 1, 2016
Google announced that after April 30th, one of its activity tracking apps, called My Tracks, will no longer be available. The company explained that it was a tough decision to shutter the app, but Google wants to invest time in “other, more wide-reaching, mapping projects”. Unlike many other fitness tracking apps available today, Google's My Tracks was squarely focused on the mapping side of...
September 3, 2015
Soon after Google announced that it released an iOS app, called Android Wear, which allows users to connect certain Android Wear smartwatches with iPhones, a report from Buzzfeed found that fitness data from these devices would not be shareable via HealthKit with Apple's Health app. Instead, the app will send the information back to Google Fit.
The report also noted that users who want to sync...
July 8, 2015
At the end of 2013 MobiHealthNews published a long post called "Checking up on Dr. Google: How the search giant has tackled health and wellness" that looked at the history of Google's health moves, going all the way back to 2008 with Google Flu Trends and the failed Google Health PHR. Since we wrote that post, the company has launched nearly as many new health-related initiatives as it had in the...
May 28, 2015
Gamified medication adherence app maker Mango Health is moving beyond medications, using a new Google Fit integration to add tracking of blood pressure and weight, as well as activity tracking, into its app, the company announced today.
"From a patient or consumer’s perspective in the app, it leverages the existing paradigm around reminders, which we think is a very effective way to begin...
May 19, 2015
Intel's Basis Peak will now connect to Apple HealthKit and Google Fit, both exporting the data tracked by its wearable and importing a small amount of data from Apple HealthKit. In addition, the company is launching a number of small firmware and software updates to its device, new band accessories, and a new limited edition version of the Basis Peak.
Prior to this update, Basis users could push...
May 14, 2015
Google Fit, a fitness app and data hub often considered to be Google's answer to Apple HealthKit, has added a number of new fitness features in a new update. These features help make Google Fit itself competitive with other dedicated fitness tracking apps.
Specifically, the update adds the ability to track calories burned and distance travelled, provided the user enters their gender, height and...
April 29, 2015
Aetna business unit iTriage has released data from a survey of 3,300 of its users -- a sample of individuals who, as iTriage users, have already adopted mobile health tools -- and found that only 48 percent of their iOS users use Apple Health. What's more, 27 percent have never heard of it. Google Fit fairs even worse, with only 40 percent of the iTriage Android users surveyed using it and 27...
February 17, 2015
Last week Under Armour held an analyst day focused on its digital fitness strategy that included appearances by Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, MapMyFitness CEO Robin Thurston, MyFitnessPal CEO Mike Lee, and Endomondo CEO Mette Lykke. Under Armour acquired MapMyFitness in 2013, and it acquired both MyFitnessPal and Endomondo earlier this year.
Plank discussed the high level strategy...
February 5, 2015
At least 14 hospitals are now either actively involved in a HealthKit pilot or in talks to roll one out, according to a new report from Reuters. Google and Samsung are beginning to approach hospitals to use their platform as well.
Reuters didn't name the 14 hospitals, but several have already spoken publicly about using HealthKit: Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans, Stanford Children's...