MyFitnessPal Starts Tracking Steps To Grow The World's Largest Nutrition Database

May 1, 2014 2:00 PM

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Recent hype about healthcare tech has been over wearable fitness trackers, but an arguably more impactful way to be healthy and lose weight is to track eating habits, something you can already do with a smartphone alone. MyFitnessPal, one of the first mobile apps to track food intake, is set to broaden its service to track activity too, marking a direct challenge to the software provided by wearable devices like Fitbit and Jawbone and an attempt to create one of the first, comprehensive windows into a person’s health.

MyFitnessPal says it will track fitness activity through a feature called Steps, and while the feature will sync with data that comes in from wearable devices like the Fitbit and Jawbone UP, it will also track steps directly via the iPhone 5S. The app is taking advantage of the phone’s M7 chip, whic...

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