Mobile giants Apple and Samsung are both pushing fitness in their upcoming phone releases, because you clearly don't have enough guilt about not working out as it is. The Wire put down the chips and soda long enough to investigate how exactly your phone is going to start tracking your health.
Apple has long had amazing fitness apps, many of which are free to download, but they're taking fitness to a whole new level with their next release. While details of iOS 8 have not been confirmed by the company, trusted sources have reported that Apple's next operating system will definitely be powered by sweat. It will allegedly include a built-in feature called "Healthbook," and its going to control every part of your body. 9to5Mac sourced these screenshots of the system:
You will be able to flip through the "cards" to fill out information yourself, while other information will be populated automatically as you use the phone. Apple will be tracking almost all of your bodily functions, but it is unclear exactly how they will be doing it. Last year, Apple hired Jay Blahnik, a top fitness instructor and a key factor in the development of Nike's FuelBand. If history were to repeat itself, Apple would be sourcing information for HealthBook through a band or watch of some kind, which would likely be sold separately.
The app is expected to be pre-installed on new devices and will automatically load when existing devices update to iOS 8. That means there's no escaping your health-crazed iPhone.
Lest they be outdone by Apple, Samsung also has something up their sleeve in the fitness department. Samsung sent out invitations to an event on May 28th, noting "a new conversation around health is about to begin." Samsung already offers the S Health app which tracks diet and exercise. Their devices are one step ahead of Apple, as the Galaxy S5 and accompanying Gear watch already have heart rate sensors. The Samsung event is by no coincidence a week before Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference — and at the start of swimsuit season.
In fact, given how honed location services have become, don't be surprised to hear your next phone let out a loud sigh whenever you bypass your gym for a pizza place.
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