Bluetooth SIG Forms New Fitness Working Group
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group. The new working group's focus will be to improve the way Bluetooth-enabled sports and fitness sensor products interact with devices such as smartphones, smart watches, and gym equipment. All the sensors and devices involved in the effort with use the Bluetooth 4.0 specification, which allows them to operate on small batteries but still share information in real time. The Sports and Fitness Working Group is accepting new members. The working group may eventually yield news use scenarios for fitness-related sensors and mobile devices.
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.
Google Debuts Fitness Class Search and Booking Service
Google's new Reserve with Google service makes it possible to find, book, and pay for fitness classes pretty much anywhere in the U.S. Reserve with Google is available to mobile and desktop devices and works together with Google Maps and Google Search to find fitness studios, classes, ratings, rates, and more.
WhatsApp Improves Group Chat Tools
WhatsApp today added a handful of features to its group chat function that should improve the experience. For example, a new group description provides a short blurb that explains the purpose, topic, and guidelines behind each group.
Facebook Improves User Control Over Group Chats in Messenger
Facebook today expanded the tools people can use to manage large group chats in Messenger. Administrator privileges allow people to approve new members before they can join a group chat, as well as remove members and promote/demote another user to/from the role of admin.