MapMyFitness gets Google Fit integration and an Activity Feed in update

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We can expect a slew of fitness-related applications to receive updates in the coming weeks. Why? Because Google Fit is here. The activity tracking platform from Google collects data from outside apps and organizes it into a single profile. MapMyFitness has received an update today that includes this new Google Fit integration behind some other core changes. It has a new Activity Feed. This section takes what you and friends are doing and displays it for everyone to see. From there, you can compare yourself and see how far ahead (or even behind) you are. MapMyFitness also added Gear Tracker, a way for users to monitor their shoes purchased through Zappos.

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Google releases Google Fit SDK for developers

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As we reported earlier today, the long-awaited Google Fit app is now available in the Play Store, and as with most Google Services, the SDK is now available to download for developers. Any developer interested can grab the APIs at the source link and start building apps that take full advantage of the exciting new platform. The SDK allows for full access to all information stored inside Google Fit, opening the door for a plethora of fitness based apps.
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Google Fit launches in the Play Store with seamless device syncing

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There is another option when it comes activity tracking. Google Fit is now live in the Play Store for anyone with a device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above. It operates with phones, tablets, the web, and Android Wear devices. This means that Google Fit really goes with you everywhere. The app takes advantage of existing sensors within your device to track activity.

Google Fit does go beyond just activity tracking. Users build a profile, based on things like gender and height/weight, with goals being uniquely made. Google does not mind if you use other services for activity tracking. Apps including Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper, and Noom Coach can all work with Google Fit to sync with your profile. Google Fit will be a hub for everything to work together.

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Pushbullet releases Material Design treatment for app

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Although we are still waiting for the final, official release of Android Lollipop to be unwrapped along with the full implementation of Google’s new Material Design guidelines, we have benefited from Google’s prep work to get several of their own apps ready for the new platform. Now we have a third-party developer releasing an overhaul of their app to take advantage of Material Design. Pushbullet has announced the new version of their app that makes use of all the new design elements to improve the user experience.
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YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions

YouTube_music_service_concept_logoYouTube’s music service has become the topic of many rumors lately, with some sources claiming the service is very close to launching. We still haven’t heard anything concrete, but YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki discussed what’s happening with the service with Re/code to shed some light on what we’ve been hearing.

According to Wojcicki, the service is still in the early stages, which means it might not be available as quickly as we’d thought. YouTube is still exploring how to best create a music service to compete with other subscription models like Spotify or Pandora. One of the options she mentioned was an ad-free service, similar to Google’s own All-Access.
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Microsoft giving unlimited OneDrive cloud storage to Office365 subscribers

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Online cloud storage continues to get very competitive. We recently saw Dropbox increase their Pro subscription from 100 GB to 1TB, and now Microsoft it upping the ante by giving away unlimited storage on OneDrive for Office365 subscribers. Considering the starting price for an Office365 subscription goes for $6.99, it’s not a bad deal. OneDrive also offers automatic photo uploads too.


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Nextbit aims to sync Android app data across all your devices with Baton

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Sure I love Android, but it doesn’t mean it’s free from faults. Take app syncing. This is one area I have been harping on for years. I don’t understand why Google hasn’t been able to sync app data properly between devices. It’s something Apple has figured out. You should be able to switch from your phone to your tablet and continue exactly where you left off within the same app.


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Google Search updates messes with alarms, turning them off in some cases

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This could prove to be a little troublesome for users of alarms within Android. The latest update to Google Search seemingly breaks the hands-free alarms and timers. Before, hitting the “Set alarm” and “Set timer” button was not necessary but now some are required to do so. If not, the device will not set anything and notify you when it should. The reason we say “some” is because there are users experiencing the issue while others are not. It is a spotty bug. The Google Search app is also having a problem setting these alarms and timers for dedicated clock apps.

So this is a public service announcement to go and check your alarms. Otherwise, you may not get up for work tomorrow morning. Not that you would want to do that, right?

Via: Android Central

TGI Black Friday app gets updated for 2014 deals

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Black Friday is the single biggest shopping day of the year, so of course there are apps dedicated to keeping up with the deals for the year. The TGI Black Friday app does just that, keeping you updated with what deals will be happening on Black Friday, as well as custom shopping lists and PDF scans of store ads. If you like to do any Christmas shopping on that particular day, this app is a must-have. It’s just been recently been updated for the 2014 season, so if you’re interested you can find some screenshots of the app and a download link below.
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