Fitness

Microsoft Health app goes live ahead of Microsoft Band [UPDATE]

Everyone's getting into fitness these days, which is a good thing of course, from actual fitness companies to tech giants like Google and Apple. Microsoft, who is increasing its efforts at remaining relevant, naturally doesn't want to be left behind. It has been known, or rather leaked, that Microsoft is working on its own fitness-centric wearable, and part of that plan has already gone out today in the form of the Microsoft Health app.

Google Fit lands on Play Store and the web

Google has finally and fully unleashed its own take on the intersection of health and mobile devices. Google Fit, which it announced at I/O 2014 back in June, is finally here and you can access it easily from any Android device via a dedicated app or, alternatively from any Web Browser. And, like with almost anything Android-related, Fit isn't exclusive to Google's sanction apps and devices alone and is open to other pre-existing, and perhaps more popular, fitness platforms already in the market.

Lenovo gearing up to announce the SmartBand

Any FCC sighting of a device means it’s coming very soon. The Lenovo SmartBand visiting the commission gave us an idea about this OS-friendly fitness tracker. Lenovo is set to release the new the Smartband SW-B100 before the year ends before no dates have been announced yet.

Fitbit Surge leaked by online store before launch

These kind of things do happen with great frequency nowadays that you might not be able to tell a real “accidental” leak from an intentional one. Be that as it may, you can judge for yourselves what happened to the upcoming fitness tracker, the Fitbit Surge, which has not even been officially launched yet – but lo and behold, it was featured at Brookstone’s online store.

Leaks reveal GPS-sporting Fitbit Surge to be released soon

Last week, we reported on leaked marketing images and specs of the two new Fitbit products set to be released in the next few months. There's apparently a third one in the offing, and this one might just be the flagship product for the fitness band. The Fitbit Surge seems like it's meant for "serious athletes" as it has features like a built-in GPS that would benefit those who want to better track all their fitness-related activities throughout the day.

UP by Jawbone: your fitness tracker without the fitness band

Tracking your fitness activities through digital means has become a sort-of obsession for a lot of people, ever since wearables have started to trickle into the market. But for some, fitness bands are already an extravagance or an unnecessary accessory and a smartwatch is enough. Popular fitness band Jawbone has realized that and have realized an app that can still track your stats even if you don't have a wearable band. UP will work as long as you have an Android smartphone (selected models only) or Android Wear smartwatch.

Leaks show pictures and specs of new Fitbit models

It's still a few months away, but already leaks and rumors abound regarding the new Fitbit models that will be launched in 2015. A tech website got its hands on the marketing materials for the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR and it looks like both are a somehow refurbished version of the Fitbit Force. The company was forced to recall the Force last year after the nickel in the band caused some to break out in rashes and burns. Is this the second (and better) coming of the fitness band?

Reign fitness tracking wearable available by October 26

Fitness wearables are becoming the latest fashion and technology trend, with almost all OEMs coming up with their own variant or integrating features or apps wiith their smartwatches. One of the newer ones in the market is Reign by Jaybird, which was unveiled last January at the CES. It will now only be available in the market by October 26, and it is trying to find its place in a market that is slowly getting crowded. But it boasts of a few features that cannot be found in its competitors, so it has a strong fighting chance to make its mark.

Endomondo gets compatible with Android Wear, Samsung Gear S

Popular sports and lifestyle tracking app Endomondo is now integrated with wearable platform Android Wear and its devices, as well as the Tizen-run Samsung Gear S. This means you can now use the app on your LG G Watch, G Watch R, Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live, ASUS Zenwatch, and the Sony Smartwatch 3, the wearable devices that are using Android Wear. The Sports Tracker app in particular now works well with these devices, letting you have access to stats and data while you do your workout.
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