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Introducing MobileRun and Enhanced Food Logging for the Fitbit App

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Today we’re officially introducing two brand new features to the free Fitbit mobile app: MobileRun and enhanced food logging tools.mobilerun app gray2

MobileRun

MobileRun uses GPS to accurately track, log and compare runs, walks and hikes efficiently and easily.

Through GPS, MobileRun allows you to track and elevate training/workouts with real-time updates and key stats from individual runs, walks and hikes, including exact route, pace per mile (splits), distance and time. Here’s a breakdown of what you can get with MobileRun:

  • Route history, spoken distance and mile markers while on a run, allowing you to monitor improvement or push further in the moment
  • Stats tracked integrate seamlessly with the main Fitbit dashboard, giving you credit for steps taken, calories burned and active minutes during routes
  • A new Exercise Frequency calendar keeps you on track toward workout goals – it automatically displays the days you have worked out by pulling in the frequency of MobileRun routes and logged exercises
  • You can conveniently play and switch songs from your iTunes playlists without leaving the Fitbit app, keeping the focus on your workout

 

Food Logging

Also new to the app is an enhanced food logging database with thousands of new foods added and a library of more than 350,000 foods in total. A barcode scanner and other improved logging features can really help if you set weight management goals.food logging app gray1

The updated database lists only foods with confirmed, credible nutritional data so you can confidently track nutrition with ease. When paired with a Fitbit  tracker, the Fitbit app gives you calorie coaching, guiding you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, or recommending number of steps to burn the calories.

Here are all the new features to log food quickly and effortlessly:

  • A barcode scanner lets you add calories and nutritional data in seconds
  • A quick-calorie estimator lets you pick common foods in the database and simply adjust a slider to estimate the calories within an expected range based on ingredients and preparation
  • Easy Meals auto-completes favorite or frequent meals in one quick step; it learns which foods you tend to log together and automatically suggests a set of foods (a meal) whenever you start logging one of them
  • Calorie coaching now guides you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, when used with a Fitbit tracker. You can set a food plan with weight-loss goals and see how many calories in vs. out you should be targeting each day, with access to easy to read charts to help you stay on track

 

The updated version of the Fitbit app with MobileRun and enhanced food logging features can be downloaded now from the iTunes store (Android version coming soon) and works with all Fitbit trackers: Flex, One and Zip – as well as with the MobileTrack function on the iPhone 5s version of the Fitbit app.

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  1. Brittany permalink
    July 1, 2014

    I am excited about the MobileRun feature! However, my only criticism is that when you are using this feature it does not display your step counts (which for me is important because of a work wellness walking program. Other than that 2 thumbs up!

  2. Marie Kenny permalink
    July 1, 2014

    Android coming soon… as is when?? It would be nice to roll them both out at the same time!

    • Chris permalink*
      July 1, 2014

      Hi Marie – The team is hard at work on the Android version, coming later this year.

      • cameo drenth permalink
        July 22, 2014

        HURRY UP FOR ANDROID!!!

        • Courtney permalink
          August 5, 2014

          I agree that they need to hurry up for Android! My hubby has the iPhone app and it stinks that he gets extra stuff that I don’t!

      • sandy permalink
        August 5, 2014

        i know the chaps are working on the android version but why taunt us with a great update that so many people can’t use? :( could you pretty please release them together next time. android is used by more than a few people these days.

  3. Dan permalink
    July 1, 2014

    I know you’ve called it MobileRun, but I really hope you open up the GPS tracker to other motion-based tracking. Right now, I still have to use RunKeeper to log road biking and mountain biking, and I’d like to roll that into Fitbit!

    • Stacey permalink
      August 4, 2014

      I agree with Dan, Would love if it would accurately track my spin classes.

  4. Graham McCloud permalink
    July 1, 2014

    Will you be doing a windows version.

  5. Caz Stewart permalink
    July 17, 2014

    I cannot find MobileRun anywhere. I’ve searched on iTunes and on Apps via my iPhone but apart from my usual FitBit app, I cannot find where or how to use the GPS system.

  6. Genevieve permalink
    July 18, 2014

    Android would be nice….also when are you going to add an Australian Food Database?

  7. Keith permalink
    July 19, 2014

    Is there an update on the expected release date for the Android market? My wife loves the app on her iphone!

  8. Ellen Santiago permalink
    July 21, 2014

    Have you or would you consider developing a Fitbit product to help prevent SIDS? You have great products that can monitor vital signs., etc. and I think your products could be used to help save lives.

  9. Steve permalink
    July 23, 2014

    I am not seeing the mobilerun feature on my Iphone. Just seeing howto activate it Thanks

  10. Valmor permalink
    July 23, 2014

    Come on! Why no android version?

  11. Dave permalink
    July 23, 2014

    I noticed that my walks, which used to show up as active minutes on my dashboard/app, no longer do. Has the criteria for active minutes changed?

  12. Agraywolfe permalink
    July 27, 2014

    Is it in the works to have a windows phone app. I feel very left out. I have seen these in stores and want one. BUT….. I am a Windows phone and Surface user not iPhone or android.

  13. Kim permalink
    July 28, 2014

    We need the android version of this product out before the end of the year. It would eliminate paying subscriptions for multiple products/apps.

  14. M. R. permalink
    August 4, 2014

    Do you need to carry your phone with you? Or is gps tracking built into the fitbit? (I’m Android – and always have my phone! – but my iPhone mother just got her fitbit today and I’ll be helping her figure it out in the morning, and I doubt she takes her phone out with the dog for walks.)

    • Chris permalink*
      August 5, 2014

      Yes, you do need to have your phone with you to utilize MobileRun.

  15. Lorri Ely permalink
    August 5, 2014

    Android has much larger market share than iPhone. I love my fitbit, dot get me wrong. I have bought them for my family members, too. But I agree with other posters, it is rude to announce a cool new release and all these exciting features…and then as you keep reading it mentions it is “coming soon” for a majority of users.

    • Lori L permalink
      August 14, 2014

      I couldn’t agree more. With far more android users than iPhone, I don’t understand why MobileRun isn’t available for my Galaxy S4 yet. They should come out together or at least the one used by the most people should be first I would think.

      • Lori L permalink
        August 14, 2014

        I just talked my boss into getting a Fitbit. When it arrived I set it up for him. The next day he is showing me things on his phone that I had no idea about (MobileRun) and I felt silly because I had no idea what he was talking about. I’ve had mine for close to 2 years now. But I found out it was because he has an iPhone and I have a Galaxy S4. Very sad.

  16. Ken Dalton permalink
    August 6, 2014

    One of the deciding factors when purchasing the zip was the MobileRun feature. Did not see on the product page any statement that this is only on iOS. I am an android user and would not have purchased this device had I known. Cannot recommend the product to any of my workout friends until the android version is available. I feel “duped” like other users who found out after purchasing the device that the feature mentioned on the product page is “coming soon”

    Define soon, please. I want to make sure I do not go beyond my return period.

  17. Jay Ray permalink
    August 6, 2014

    I have been using my Fitbit and the app faithfully for 7 months – logging every single thing I eat and drink and have to say the enhanced food logging is not something I like the look of. If I could un-update my app I would, as I find the new design far too cumbersome and cluttered. Food logging used to be clean and easy but after 2 days of the new app I’m ready to give up. Please consider allowing a user preference for simple vs. enhanced food logging.

  18. Midge permalink
    August 7, 2014

    Silly question, since you need to have the phone and Fitbit on you when running does it double up your steps/ calories etc by logging under both exercise and regular activity? Or does the program know that they are one and the same?

  19. viki permalink
    August 20, 2014

    i agree! it would be so much better if it would show the step count – or even better – if you could go back to the main dashboard without stopping your mobile run activity. I must admit, while i’m out running i don’t really care, but if i take an hour long walk or even longer hike i would love to be able to check it!

    other than that, mobile run is an excellent new little feature and i’m using it almost daily! thank you!

  20. Bob permalink
    August 20, 2014

    Re: 2nd class status for android users

    Poor planning to marginalize a huge field of customers who are potentially your beat source of referrals and upgrades. Don’t behave like Comcast. Customer good-will is valuable.

  21. K Wetherbee permalink
    August 22, 2014

    Android App please?

  22. Anonymous permalink
    August 24, 2014

    I just bought a fit bit flex. I was VERY excited about Mobile Run, only to find put there is no Android version available. I would not have purchased this product had i known that. Please put out the Android app.

  23. Liz permalink
    August 28, 2014

    Any update on the Android version of the updated Mobile Run and Food logging apps? Not everyone is an iPhone user…

  24. Marg permalink
    August 31, 2014

    Just got the Flex and disappointed on several counts. It is so hard to do up the strap I have followed instructions to no avail have to do it up then force over my hand… why are there no food brands for New Zealand as it make it so hard to track food easily. And I am surprised there is no heart rate monitor integrated in the fit bit

  25. Anssi permalink
    September 1, 2014

    Please don’t say Android version coming soon if you don’t mean it. It’s been two months now for crying out loud. Soon is in the next week or two.

    Oh, I do get it, there’s probably no point to complaining. Android market share in phones is one thing, what phones FitBit users have is another and it would be great to see what the ratio is. 10:1 for iPhone would be my guess but considering the treatment of Android users maybe it’s more like 100:1?

  26. JHas permalink
    September 2, 2014

    I am an android user – I would be interesting to see your stats on apple v android users. Waiting for android :)

  27. September 2, 2014

    Is the distance tracking based on fitbit steps or on gps distances… This could have a major impact on accuracy. Thanks.

  28. September 4, 2014

    M.R. you should encourage your mom to take the phone especially when she walks the dog. If , heaven forbit, something happens while on her dog walk, she can’t call for help without her phone. We can’t always count on someone being around when things go wrong.

  29. Anonymous permalink
    September 9, 2014

    When android version for non Mac guys?

  30. Anonymous permalink
    September 15, 2014

    I am really disappointed that you haven’t come out with the Android version. You released the Apple version two months ago.

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