September 7, 2016
Apple's announcement day today focused a lot on the new iPhone 7, but the most exciting news for health and fitness fans was related to the Apple Watch series 2, which ups the ante for fitness tracking in several ways. The device is swimproof, has a built-in GPS, and a special version will be created in partnership with Nike.
"We call it Apple Watch series 2 and it has been completely re-...
August 29, 2016
When Nike CEO Mark Parker announced on the company's earnings call in June that they were working on a major update to the Nike+ app, he said it was in beta testing and "so far we've received very positive feedback on its simplicity and tailored features." There may have been a flaw in the company's testing process: since the app's release last week, it's suffered an onslaught of complaints from...
August 23, 2016
Nike has launched a major update to its Nike+ Running app, rebranding it as the Nike+Run Club. The main features the company is adding include personal coaching, new social features, and an upgrade to the Apple Watch app that allows runners to leave their phone at home.
The Beaverton, Oregon-based sports giant has been working on revamping its running app for a while, according to CEO Mark Parker...
October 19, 2015
The Nike Training Club app
Since Under Armour created its Connected Fitness platform with three major fitness app acquisitions, it has thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to owning online engagement and sales. Adidas made it clear in the summer, with its $240 million acquisition of Runtastic, that it was willing to play Under Armour's game.
But what about Nike, the company that was the...
August 18, 2015
In a rare interview with Outside Magazine, Jay Blahnik, Apple's director of fitness for health technologies, spoke about the Apple Watch's impact on users' fitness since it launched, the importance of the Stand ring, and how integration with third-party apps will change the game.
Once third party Apple Watch apps are able to integrate with the Watch's sensors, Apple still doesn't want them to...
July 27, 2015
Nike and Apple have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit, first filed two years ago, that claimed the companies made misleading statements about the Nike+ FuelBand's ability to track calories, steps, and NikeFuel. The lawsuit also argued that there was a failure to honor the warranty terms for Nike+ FuelBand.
Nike and Apple deny these allegations, but according to the settlement, in order to...
June 13, 2015
Of wearable fitness device makers, Fitbit spent the most on advertising its devices last year, investing $21.6 million, according to a recent report from Kantar Media.
Garmin and Samsung were both not far behind Fitbit in advertising spend. Garmin spent $18.7 million and Samsung spent $11.6 million. After the top three spenders there's a significant drop in amount spent: Nike spent $3.2 million,...
May 20, 2015
RunKeeper's current Spotify integration.
Music streaming service Spotify made some unexpected health and fitness related announcements at its press event today, TechCrunch reports. The company's app will actually use the phone's accelerometer to detect the pace of a user's run and select music with a tempo to match. If the pace of the run changes, so will the song.
The second part of the...
March 12, 2015
Apple has stopped selling a number of fitness tracking devices in its stores recently, including Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker, and, as Re/Code reported this morning, Jawbone Up24, Nike FuelBand SE, and Mio's wristworn heart rate tracker. Apple pulled the devices just about a month before it plans to launch its own activity tracker, the Apple Watch.
Apple also no longer carries Misfit's...
March 6, 2015
Nike has announced that users of its Nike+ Running app will now be able to pull data from fitness devices made by Garmin, TomTom, Wahoo Fitness, and Netpulse.
Users that own a Garmin, TomTom, Wahoo Fitness, or Netpulse device can download the Nike+ Running app and pair their device.
Nike updated other features in the Nike+ Running app, which is available on iOS and Android devices. For iOS users...