July 9, 2014
Just a month after Apple announced its health tracking platform for iOS 8, the company released a new beta version of the app with two new features: step counting and caffeine tracking, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Another report from 9to5Mac finds that Apple hired two engineers from the Nike+ FuelBand team in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale.
These two are just the latest to join Apple's...
April 24, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo.
The company's high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user's daily activity using the phone's built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery. To keep track of where the user goes, Moves...
April 17, 2014
RunKeeper launched a new iPhone 5 app this morning called Breeze, aimed not just at runners but at walkers and casual exercisers. The app uses the phone's M7 motion coprocessor to track the user's movements all day, similar to ProtoGeo's Moves app or Azumio's Argus app.
"Breeze gives you simple insights into your daily activity and motivates you to make fitness a bigger part of your life," the...
January 7, 2014
Apple has announced that in 2013, the company earned over $10 billion from the App Store, and Apple's developers have earned $15 billion from the App Store. In the release, Apple attributed their success to the "stunning apps that took advantage of the redesigned user interface" and named some "surprise hits" from the year, including one fitness app -- Protogeo's Moves app, which became a paid...
January 2, 2014
San Francisco, California-based Fitbit has released an update to its app which use Apple's M7 motion coprocessor, according to TechCrunch, so that even those without a Fitbit activity tracker can use the app to get data about their fitness trends.
The new feature is called Motion Track and will track only basic activity, but will rival other app-only trackers such as Moves and Noom. Fitbit also...
November 13, 2013
Finland-based Protogeo released Moves 2.0, an iOS7-compatible update to its original all-day tracking iPhone app. While Moves has historically been a free app, the new version will be sold for an introductory rate of $1.99 and a full price, starting in December, of $2.99. Existing iOS app users who upgrade will not have to pay.
"We think that Moves 2.0 is a pretty significant update. The whole...
November 7, 2013
When Apple announced the inclusion of the M7 motion co-processor with the iPhone 5s, MobiHealthNews asked fitness tracking startups to respond to the news. "You can expect that we’ll be incorporating these improvements in a meaningful way as we go," RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs told MobiHealthNews at the time. "Stay tuned.”
Now Runkeeper has made good on that assertion. For iPhone 5s users, the...
September 19, 2013
Moves from ProtoGeo, the Finland-based passive activity tracker startup, released its Android version, demonstrating that the company intends to press on despite possible competition from Apple's new iPhone 5s and 5c.
"It's very exciting times for us because there's so many things going on in the activity tracking marketplace," CEO Sampo Karjalainen told MobiHealthNews. "Apple and Google are...
September 12, 2013
At Apple's launch event Tuesday for its two new iPhones, the company announced the addition of a new hardware component for the device: a motion co-processor, called the M7.
"What does that do?" Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller asked at the event. "Well, it takes advantage of all these great sensors and it continuously measures the data coming from them without even...