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Introducing MobileRun and Enhanced Food Logging for the Fitbit App

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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  • 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!

  • Both features is great! I haven’t tested the MobileRun, but the food log have some issues to solve, for example, I can’t add dots (.) on values of nutritional facts.
    I really need add values of vitamins on mobile app. Today this is possible only on website.

    Please, add a food base of Brazil. 😉

    Thanks guys and keep the good work.

      • When the Android version comes out (soon please!!!) will it automatically update or will I have to download a new version of the Fitbit app? How will I know when it is available?

      • Agreed! I think there are far more Android users than Apple users. I would love to see an android update quickly rather than later in the year.

      • Coming later this year leaves much to desire in terms of detail. Is there a schedule of when the team is hoping to have the Android version out? This would help the functionality greatly for the Android version which markets show holds 55% of the mobile market versus the 39% iOS holds.

        Any additional detail would be appreciated. Thank you!

        • 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!

      • 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.

  • This is great. Now it would be even greater if you could log with Fitbit and have it push back up to MyFitnessPal. Right now you can only log in MyFitnessPal to have it in both places without duplication on Fitbit. My dietitian and nutritionist use MFP, but I like the Fitbit interface better.

  • Is there a Windows phone 8 version coming soon? I have fitbit and aria and currently use my fitness pal s another app this would replace! :-)

  • This is a great feature…. it would be nice if you released parity on Android when you release on iOS in the future. Having to wait is fairly frustrating and given share of Android in the market.. I dunno..

  • Please add a recipe builder so I can ditch MyFitnessPal. I far prefer your interface, but 80% of what I eat is home cooked meals in large batches. It’s hard enough to track this on MFP as it is, but nearly impossible here.

  • 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!

    • Love the new run tracking, I used it this weekend. I am +1 on Dan’s suggestion of the same functionality for cycling. I bike to/from work everyday and I’d love it if my running, biking, and walking data was all in the same place with my calorie consumption/burning. I use the Wahoo Fitness RFLKT with my iPhone to see my speed, distance, time while a biking app tracks this using the phone’s GPS. Tying this all together on the Fitbit app would eliminate a lot of extra steps and apps.

      thanks!

  • Hey Fitbit glad to see your advancing the fitness tech trend with some great updates, I’ll be looking forward to them! I will say that the iPhone now, Android later thing is a bit of a “start-up-ish” excuse nowadays. Especially for a company like Fitbit that’s been around long enough and have enough backing power ($$$) to have the dev power to push out app updates on both platforms simultaneously. Ok that’s my rant for the day, keep up the great work! I’m sure it’ll be worth waiting for, even though we Android people continue to be seen as second-class citizens :)

  • Why is it always iPhone first? It’d be nice if us Android users got something cool first for a change… :) I can’t wait for bar code scanning and the run tracker looks cool too!

  • These are the two features I have on my most wanted wish list…..but I am an Android owner…can’t wait for the Droid version to come out!!

  • I’m really excited and I can’t wait for the android version! But wondering…. Will there be a way to set goals for running, just like Run keeper does? I set a goal to run 50 miles by the end of this summer in run keeper and every time I run, it adds the distance I ran to that goal. Fitbit should be able to do that.

    Also, the coolest thing to add would be if you would add this GPS tracking to the next Fitbit tracker! That way, I don’t need to carry my phone at all when I’m running. For example, you would press a button on a future Fitbit tracker to start the run. During the run it will show the time since the beginning of the run, the distance since the beginning of the run and the current pace/speed (assuming that the next tracker has a screen, like the Fitbit force). After the run, you can get onto your phone to see the route you took, total distance, average pace/speed throughout the run, etc.

    If you could add this to the Fitbit app and the next tracker, I would definitely buy the next Fitbit tracker.

    Thanks!

  • Add in another wishing this was out on Andriod, can’t wait to see it. Kindle, too, for that matter (minus the run logging, obviously)

    Can you improve food logging on the website? I find it really weird that it’s easier to log food on the kindle or android app than it is on the web. Number one complaint is that you can’t see the calories after you select the food, and the amount may not match the calories listed when you selected the food. The ability to dial in from near items as described above would be really useful.

  • I really hope that the android version comes out soon and a music app like Pandora could be used at the same time. The reason I got a fitbit over other bands is because it was supported by Android and not Apple products. Not everyone likes Apple people!!

  • Thanks for the updates. Two requests add Bluetooth heart monitoring and gps to other activities like biking. I still need to use digifit to track activities as the fitbit is not a fully packed app yet
    Thanks

  • Tried this out yesterday for a walk, worked really well! Only thing I found annoying was the fact I can’t go on the dashboard and I cant edit the activity after. I went for a walk but tagged it as a run but cant change that now :/

    Keep up the awesome work I look forward to more features soon!

  • I used the GPS feature on my 2 mi walk/run this morning. The time shows up in Exercise, but not in active minutes? Previously it increased my active minutes. Thx

  • This is a great feature! I also hope it works for biking too. It would be great to have everything in one place. I look forward to the android version and I also hope that this will eventually be available on windows phone 8.1!

  • very cool to see continued development. would love to see Fitbit do something with Android Wear.

  • Can I assume that you have to actually have your phone with you when jogging in order to utilize MobileRun? ie. The tracker itself does not have GPS. Right?

  • I’m really excited and I can’t wait for the Android version! But wondering…. Will there be a way to set goals for running, just like Runkeeper does? If I set a goal to run 50 miles by the end of this summer in Runkeeper, then every time I run, it adds the distance I ran to that goal. The Fitbit app/ Fitbit tracker should be able to do that.

    Also, the coolest thing to add would be if you would add GPS tracking to the next Fitbit tracker! For example, you would press (and hold) a button on a future Fitbit tracker to start the run, like how it is now on the Force, One and Zip. The difference is that the GPS should track your route, so you can see how far you have run. During the run it should show a stopwatch and distance since the beginning of the run. (assuming that the next tracker has a screen, like the Fitbit force). After the run, you should be able to get onto your phone to see the route you took, total distance, average pace/speed throughout the run, etc.

  • Sounds good, if it weren’t just currently for iphones. Saw there were changes on my ipad, but not on the computer and not on my phone. Probably won’t use the GPS and it eats battery life, but would like more info on how to use the app for music while walking.

  • I also track my protein/carbs/fat calorie percentages to be within a certain range. The web UI provides this information. It would be nice if this was available on the phone version. It would also be great if the application could suggest foods, based upon your remaining calories, that would help maintain your calorie percentages.

  • Do you have to leave the app open to use the tracking? I started this app, then opened another app I use. The app shows 4500 steps, but the Zip shows 9500 steps.

  • I am getting ready to order my first Fitbit and it sounds as if the Mobile Run app will not work when I am walking on my treadmill. Is this correct? I also have an Android device, when will this roll out?

  • I used the MobileRun app today along side another GPS tracker. I was impressed at the accuracy and love having this option. However, my only suggestion at this point with this feature is the ability to edit it. For instance today when I used the app for a walk, I had to stop briefly and did not stop the app so my first mile was off for my actual pace. Most other iphone tracking apps have the ability to edit and/or an “auto pause” feature. Great work though!

  • I can’t wait for the Android version to come out. My wife has the iOS running. We can be walking next to each other (while I am pushing a stroller) and she will get 2K more steps than me in a 45 minute walk.
    I am interested to see if this app could sync/fix that step difference.

    Thanks!

  • This update is huge. Awesome work! But as an Android user I really bugs me that not only does the application look and operate different than the iOS counter part (not as good in my option) but that we always have to wait for new features. Makes it look like the Android users are second rate. I hope the update time separating the two isn’t too long.

  • Finally!! MobileRun. The only thing that was missing to make my Fitbit complete and worth the purchase. Thank you for adding this feature.

  • This is an amazing new feature and i will definitely be using. I have been keeping track of my runs with Nike Running app. I am disappointed however in the decision to roll out an update for IOS before Android. Nike Fuelband currently only works with IOS and I bought a Fitbit for this reason. I am a huge supporter of Android and i’m,often let down by app developers that develop primarily for Iphoners. I was excited when i logged on to the website a few days ago and saw the MobileRun update. Went to update app on play store and realized it was only for Iphone. Smh

  • Will it be possible to track a preferred activity by any tapping code? (like tapping 6 times to track your sleep or tapping twice to see your daily goal)

    Would be great if something like this will be included! Looking forward to the Android version!

  • I like this feature, but wish you could add a category for “running on a treadmill.” I used the exercise feature and because I was on a treadmill it tracked it as if I stood still for an hour. You have the technology to track steps, just apply it here and wha-la you have a “running on a treadmill” option.

  • 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.

    • OK, I just went next door to my neighbors and they showed me how to do the map function. Go to your Dashboard and hit the Stopwatch icon next to Activities. It will come up with the screen that says Exercise at the top. Hit the stopwatch icon next to where it says Exercise in the top bar. Enable GPS and then hit the red arrow to start your walk or run. You can pause during the walk if you stop somewhere and then restart. I tried it on my street and it worked! I would have never figured this out on my own!

  • 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.

  • I am continuing to use the Fitbit Force as there has not been an adequate replacement and I do not have any rash symptoms. I have a Android based phone and I am not seeing the bar code scanning option at the top of the food entry screen. My food database is set to USA. Is the scanner only available to Apple users? Sandy

  • 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?

    • I had the same problem. If I did an activity as “Exercise”, it wouldn’t show up as active minutes. Here is the fix:
      Do your walk/run as Exercise. Then, using your computer, sync Fitbit.
      Go to Very Active Minutes. In the right hand lower quarter, it says “Activities: Favorites, Most Logged, Recent.”
      Pick Recent and choose Walk or Run. It should have the start time, mileage from the last activity. Change the mileage to “Don’t know the mileage”. It will then display Intensity. Pick Brisk Walk (4.5mph or faster) or the appropriate run pace. The minutes should now show up as “Very Active Minutes”.
      Hope that helps.

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    I think by now you realize I am passionate about Android and wish you would quickly roll out the Android version.

    Thanks

  • Agree on the Android questions. Release the iOS and a version for the most recent Android version at the same time. Older versions of Android should come out after these two standards for your users.

  • 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.

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

  • Please get the android version out there. I have seen this on my iPad and I like it but that’s a little bulky to carry when running/walking :)

  • My only complaint about the MobileRun app does not record cycling. It is an integral part of my routine. I now use Run Keeper and then log it into FitBit after my ride, I don’t feel I get the motivation that I would if it was included in FitBit.

  • I wish there was an android version, I have been using Map My Fitness app which works with My Fitness Pal that syncs with Fitbit in order to track my calories and map my route. I wish there was one super app that tracked my fitbit steps, mapped my route and calories burned, kept track of my sleep habits, and let me input data about myself (exercises completed, fitness completed, health like taking vitamins and if I have any illnesses/symptoms)

  • 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.)

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  • I use a Nook very often, and tried to get the app on it. Sure, I got the app, but will FitBit ever completely work with a Nook?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Well, if it makes the product dev team feel any better, I don’t mind waiting for the Android release. Some OSs get products before others. In a world of Android vs. Apple, that’s just how it is. Just make it good for us! :-)

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Can you at least give an update on when we can expect these features on Android? I just spent about an hour looking for the barcode thinking I had misunderstood the capability. Finally searched to discover it’s iOS only. While I suspect you have more iPhone users, according to the Play Store, there’s almost 38K users on Android!

  • When using the exercise tracker, it automatically turns my iTunes on. I DON’T want it to. If I wanted music, I can turn it on myself. I often exercise with a workmate after work, and iTunes just wastes my phone battery.
    At least give us a setting so we can choose.
    Otherwise great update

  • So I just moved from iphone 4S to android (Samsung note 3) and I thought I was going crazy. I could have sworn that I was able to track my walk/runs on a map. Finally found this article. Any chance this is going to be updated soon? I would love to hear back from you guys. It doesn’t look like there is an update to this post in a while.

  • Ftibit continues to disappoint. Still no word on android applications. When time comes for next generation, I’m going to shop for a device that supports it’s customers.

  • The Food Log section needs to be updated. A vast majority of the items I scan using the barcode scanner don’t register…so I end up having to type in the search…but again, a majority of the time there are no matches. I end up opening My Fitness Pal (the fitness tracking app I used to use) to look up the foods using either the scanner or the standard search feature. It never fails…it shows up on MFP every time! I then have to enter the cals into FB using the Quick Calories feature. I’m getting the correct cals entered; but I have to use My Fitness Pal to do it! Not very user friendly.

  • I am hoping the Android update comes out. I recently bought a fitbit for my cousin because I love mine, but it’s disappointing that there is no love from fitbit to android. Please fix this issue.

  • You can synch My Fitness Pal with Fitbit and input food choices in MFP and it will show in Fitbit after synching (15-20 seconds usually). This way steps will also show in MFP from your fitbit. Search the FAQ’s or google for the how to

  • I too am a Android user and would really like to have the Motion Track feature. I love my Fitbit and have purchased several as gifts but not happy with delayed release. Will it update automatically or will I be notified to do it myself?

  • I can’t seem to add my own exercises now with the new app update. Most of my activity is weight lifting and the elliptical trainer so the run/walk option doesn’t work for me. I need to be able to add my own activity like I could do on the older version.

  • When is fitbit going to add Australian food report, this product is global, why was this not thought about before marketing, how are you supposed to get an accurate food activity report when you’re own country is not there, it would be appreciated if Australia is added.
    Can Fitbit advise to when this will happen?

  • Fitbit should have never been marketed to Australians when frankly it doesn’t work. My flex is my first and last fitbit product. I’m waiting until the google watch platform matures and ditching Fitbit for good. At the moment it’s only function is to track activity and sleep, I sync it all with myfitness pal and use that to aggregate and track food intake.

  • I recently got the fitbit charge. It’s definitely an upgrade from the flex but it obviously doesn’t have the capabilities of the smart watches.

    It’s probably a good idea to wait for the smart watch. If you’re looking for a tracker that just tracks steps, kilometres travelled, sleep, and stairs climbed, I would definitely recommend the Force.

    I also have the fitbit aria scale and it works well in conjunction with the force to monitor my weight loss progress.

  • So I would consider December as “Later this year” yet I haven’t seen or heard any updates. Is this still the plan or did I miss something?

  • Hi, are all the foods in the menu American, I am british and there are loads and loads of foods I cannot find on the search/dropdown to add onto my daily log?

  • So, as I read these comments from Android users, I am of the impression that many of my fellow Android users feel slighted because Fitbit chose to recognize that the largest percentage of their users utilize I Phone. Based on this observation Fitbit choose to develop new I Phone software upgrades before working on the Android equivalent updates. How could the be so inconsiderate.

    It makes me wonder if the tables were reversed and Android had the largest amount of users if we would be upset if I Phone were updated before the more popular Android.

    Sorry but I think most Android users understand the economics of providing service to the largest number of customers it can first and other smaller groups second (or third, like Windows Phone?).

    As for the idea of providing the upgrade simultaneously with I Phone, why would a company delay providing a service to their largest group of customers? From a business standpoint this approach makes little sense.

    I, for one, am pleased that Fitbit continues to jump into action and continue to innovate in the area of fitness trackers.

  • it would be great if sharing with friends we could share more stats like sleep and food; this way if I cheat my friends will know it and keep me honest. Also I love the ability to share a pic of the meal I just ate as well! if I eat healthy all my friends can see! as of right now I have to snap a pic and text it to them as well as let them see it in my fitness pal app.

  • Amen to that! I hate that everything in the world supports the precious iproduct and forgets about those of us who do not pray at the Apple alter.

  • I do a lot of biking at the gym, and “bemoan” the fact that my Fitbit doesn’t accurately reflect my hard work. Has anybody calculated the “miles – to – steps,” and how did you do it? TIA

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