The best health and fitness apps for your Samsung Gear S3 and Sport watch

What do people use their smartwatches for, mused Samsung, and outed the Gear Sport last year, a fitness-centric timepiece that, however, wasn’t supposed to make owners of the Gear S2 or S3 green with envy.

With Google’s Android Wear strategy on the wane, the Gear family remains one of the few viable options against the Apple Watch juggernaut that is the best-selling wearable of the kind globally.

With a good reason, too – Samsung’s Gear portfolio has a great design with a rotating bezel, clever carousel interface of the crafty Tizen OS, and, above all, oodles of battery life …


Google and Fitbit team up to work on next-gen fitness and health tracking

Google and Fitbit have teamed up to improve the way fitness trackers handle user health data, EconomicTimes reported. The fitness tracker maker has announced Monday that it will implement Google’s Healthcare API to deliver health data directly to electronic medical records (EMR) systems used by doctors and hospitals.
The ultimate goal is to provide clinicians with more comprehensive information about their patients, so they can receive personalized care, tailored to their needs. The steady flow of health data would also help doctors identify otherwise difficult …

Deal: Verizon offers 20% discount on two Fitbit fitness trackers

Fitbit isn’t just about smartwatches like Ionic and Versa, on the contrary. The company is mostly known for its fitness trackers and connected health wearables like the Charge 2 and Alta HR. Usually, these two wearable devices sell for $150 at various US retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy.

The good news is Verizon Wireless is running a promotion on the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Wristband and Fitbit Alta HR, so customers will be able to buy either of the two fitness bands for just $120.

A 30$ discount may not seem too much, but this is the lowest price we’ve seen so …

Samsung Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro software update brings new fitness features

If you own one of Samsung’s second-gen fitness bands – the Gear Fit2 or the Gear Fit2 Pro – you’ll be glad to hear your wearable is getting updated. The newest version of the software, which is currently rolling out worldwide, is bringing in two new features – Weight Management and Fitness Program – as well as some minor UI improvements.

The Weight Management feature lets you track how much you exercise and what food you eat, making it easier to track how many calories you take or burn, or both. It’s a really useful feature if you …

Russia? No, Strava. Fitness tracking app makes remote U.S. Army base locations public

US Army bases are clearly marked in remote outposts like Afghanistan’s Helmand province It seems that nobody, not even the US military, is prepared for the changes in thinking that connectivity and technologies preclude. Case in point – the popular Strava fitness tracking app, which is headquartered in San Francisco, and has over a million active users who log their running, biking, skiing, and plenty of other activities, has US army soldiers among them.

When deployed overseas, they keep tracking their jogging routines which appear on Strava’s worldwide heat map. So far so good, …

Amazon announces Alexa is coming to headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers

One of the best voice-activated assistants, Alexa will be implemented in devices other than smart speakers, Amazon confirmed recently. The US giant announced it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will allow developers to bring Alexa to portable devices like headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers.

According to Amazon, the new kit enables developers to integrate Alexa in portable devices without having to perform serious coding. Apparently, Bluetooth-enabled devices built with the new kit can connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa …

Huawei Band 2 Pro fitness tracker now available in the US for $69.99

If you’re an active person obsessed by calories, biorhythm, heart rate and running altogether, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s another fitness band that can help you keep track of all your “obsessions.”

Unveiled two months ago, Huawei’s Band 2 Pro fitness tracker is now available for purchase in the United States for $69.99. The wearable device is sold by Amazon in three color variations: Black, Blue, and Red.

The fitness tracker features standalone GPS, 5ATM water resistance, continuous heart rate monitoring, …

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: a fitness tracker for serious workouts

Most of today’s smartwatches are already pretty good at tracking your activity. They monitor your heart beat, they measure the distance you travel, and they deliver a good estimate of the calories you burn throughout the day. But if you’re really serious about your workouts, then Samsung has something you could be interested in.

This is the new Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro, which just got officially announced in Berlin. And we got the chance to play with it!

At a glance, it looks a lot like last year’s Gear Fit 2, with a vertically aligned AMOLED touchscreen display …

Fitness is the word to describe this coming week's T-Mobile Tuesday

Out of shape? Need to do some more reps lifting your handset to your ear? T-Mobile hears you. This week’s T-Mobile Tuesday contest prizes includes five Grand Prizes. Each one contains a one-year membership to a Crunch gym and a $520 check that can be used to pay for taxes or miscellaneous expenses. Fifty First-Prize winners will score a free duffle-bag containing a one week supply of protein powder, a shaker bottle, the following workout DVDs/books: Men’s Health Riptensity, Men’s Health Body Weight Burners, Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates, Women’s Health Tone Up Workout, and New Rules of Lifting …

10,000 steps a day? Largest fitness app study reveals why the US is fatter than Mexico

You must walk at least 10,000 steps a day to be in good health. Ever heard of that mantra? It might not be the most accurate way to measure activity, but the “10,000 steps” theory is built into the vast majority of fitness apps that use our smartphones as pedometers. Various researchers are now looking into the statement, and coming up with numbers smaller or larger, yet their overarching conclusion is that actually we have never had the ability to gain so much insight into people’s moving habits as with the proliferation of iOS and Android phones, or wearables that have activity …