The U.S. is on a fitness kick.
Devices designed for tracking your physical output are sprouting everywhere. Devices that fit on your wrist, in your pocket and even on your ankle. There’s a bevy of new and existing companies that have released fitness trackers, including Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, Garmin, Withings, Polar, Basis, Fitbug, and Bowflex — the list of goes on.
These new fitness-tracking devices, along with their companion apps, are simple, dedicated pedometers on steroids.
Instead of only tracking each step you take, which is the exclusive function of a pedometer, these fitness trackers record your steps taken, calories burned, stairs climbed and even sleeping patterns.
To incentive you to keep moving, these fitness trackers added “gamification” elements such as leaderboards for different fitness metrics and the ability to message your friends with either words of encouragement to keep going or taunts to remind them who’s walked more steps or climbed more stairs.
The companion apps for these fitness trackers allow you to view all your fitness data and your friends’ data from essentially anywhere.
To find out which companion app was No. 1, we compared the U.S. downloads amounts among a handful of the top companion apps for fitness trackers on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Continue readingScott Reyburn