Huawei Fit Adds Heart Rate Monitor to Honor Band Z1
Huawei today announced the Huawei Fit, a watch-like fitness band similar to the Honor Band Z1, but with a heart rate monitor and additional fitness functions. It's designed to work with a companion app called Huawei Wear, available for both Android and iOS. The app logs detailed fitness data and provides GPS data to the watch. In addition to running and cycling training functions, the Fit monitors step count and heart rate throughout the day, and can monitor sleep at night. The Fit also functions as a smartwatch, with an always-on reflective LCD display and basic smartphone alerts. A backlight automatically activates when necessary. The Fit's only control is a circular touch screen, which sits in a lightweight, solid aluminum body, with an 18 or 20 mm standard interchangeable strap. Huawei claims 6 days of battery life. The Fit is waterproof (IP68) and will support swimming functions with an update. The Fit and Wear app automatically recommend specific rest periods after each workout. Wear can also integrate with other fitness services, including Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, and UP by Jawbone. The Fit is available starting today for $130, available at Best Buy, Amazon, and Newegg.
A Day with the Huawei Fit
The Fit is Huawei's first full-fledged attempt at the fitness watch category. It aims to provide the looks and function of a smartwatch with the lightness and battery life of a fitness band or "dumb" watch.
HTC and Under Armour Launch Fitness Kit
Under Armour and HTC today announced UA HealthBox, a $400 box containing a suite of health and fitness hardware designed to work with the UA Record app for Android and iOS. The core device is the UA Band wrist wearable, which tracks basic heart rate and activity.
Google Fit A More Complete Fitness App With Latest Update
Google today announced changes to its Google Fit app that it believes make the service a better health and fitness companion. Google Fit now provides real-time stats for runs, walks, or rides, and can better record speed, pace, route, elevation, and more.
Google Adds Distance Estimates to Google Fit
Google today updated its Google Fit health and fitness tracking app with some much-needed features. For example, the app now estimates how far people have walked based on the number of steps they've taken (and several other factors, such as height and gender).