Popular fitness training game Zumba Dance has made the jump to Windows Phone 8.
The game, which uses your front-facing camera to detect and measure your movements, has the full routines of the Xbox app and that can provide feedback and encouragement from superstar Zumba instructors such as Beto Perez, Gina Grant, and Kass Martin and more.
It also features chart-topping hits, from LMFAO, Pitbull, Tiesto, Kat Deluna, and Sean Paul, in addition to Zumba original tracks.
The app will tracking your calories burned, goals met and technique improvements as you play. The initial purchase includes a 20-minute workout, and you can maximize your workout by purchasing up to 3 pre-programmed 60-minute classes or by creating your own playlist of previously purchased routines with the custom class feature.
The game is Windows Phone 8-only and requires 1 GB RAM handsets.
Start making your fitness new year’s resolution real by purchasing the game for $4.99 (without a free trial unfortunately) in the Windows Phone Store here.
We have now had a contact from Fitbitâ€™s PR team which puts some breaks on the idea and suggests their Windows Phone developers are still doing their warm-ups.
Thanks for your interest in Fitbit. I work with Fitbit and we spotted your post re: the Fitbit app and wanted to provide a clarification. Fitbit is looking at various platforms, and exploring new apps, but currently the Windows 8 phone app is not going to be released in the next few weeks, nor do we have any timing or confirmation on a Windows 8 phone app.
So in short don’t hold your breath as you might go blue, but I am sure in this case where thereâ€™s smoke, thereâ€™s a fire.
The company in fact already has a Windows 8 app, making the Windows Phone app a no-brainer.
They have now replied to a reader enquiring about Windows Phone support with the following message:
We are glad to help with your inquiry about the Windows 8 Phone app.
Let us advise that currently our team is working on developing a compatible app for Windows 8 Phones. We do not have an estimated date for the release yet, but we do expect to be soon. Currently, you can sync with Apple Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices, and by the end of this month, we will release an update for the Android app, which will allow Andriod users to sync via Bluetooth as well.
Please let us know if you have any other question.
Oscar Fernando and the Fitbit Team
The note does raise an issue â€“ the latest Fitbit uses Bluetooth Low Energy â€“ not a feature of Windows Phone 8 as far as we know, but supported by the hardware in phones like the Nokia Lumia 920. Given the new flexibility in the Bluetooth stack of Windows Phone 8 for 3rd party developers however this may not be an insurmountable issue.
Last we heard Fitbit had â€œno current plansâ€ for a Windows Phone app, despite having a Windows 8 Metro app already in the Windows Store.
It seems however that persistent demands from Windows Phone fans are being heard, with Fitbit Support in their most recent tweets saying they have passed on these requests to their engineers.
Whether this will result in an app is anybodyâ€™s guess, but given that they have already made the effort to create a Windows 8 app, I am sure it will not take too much more to port this to Windows Phone 8 also.
Zombies, Run!, an app which gamifies your daily jog, is making its way from iOS to Windows Phone.
Running sessions are given extra spice with missions through zombie infested territory to gather supplies for other survivors. Players are rewarded for their success in missions by getting access to further segments of the fully scripted audio story, written by Alderman. The app contains more than 30 missions, each lasting 20-30 minutes.
The app, created by Six to Start and author Naomi Alderman, is also getting a new ZombieLink service that enables users to more easily view and share their runs online, as well as analyse their fitness history and replay favourite zombie chases.
The app is now available on Android from the Google Play market, and will arrive on Windows Phone Marketplace later in the month for $7.99. It features secondary live tiles which allows runners to jump right into their current run and easily view their total distance and time at a glance.
"We’ve had literally thousands of emails and tweets asking for Zombies, Run! to come to Android and Windows Phone, so we’re incredibly excited with these launches and the new features we’ve included, like Live Tiles for Windows Phone and improved text-to-speech for Android," said Adrian Hon, the chief executive at Six to Start.
Runkeeper has announced on their blog that they will no longer be supporting Windows Phone and Symbian, and will be removing their app from Marketplace.
Saying they have spread themselves too thin and that the two platforms combined only made up a very small percentage of their users, they said they could no longer justify â€œ giving our Windows and Symbian apps the support they need to be up to our quality standards, and if they canâ€™t be up to our quality standards, they shouldnâ€™t be at all.â€
While this is pretty understandable, the company made one telling statement which suggests they are rather out of touch: â€œCombined, they make up less than 1.5% of our total userbase. We donâ€™t see this changing any time soon, these platforms simply havenâ€™t kept up with Android and iPhone, and we only see this gap increasing over time.â€
Clearly the company has no real understanding of market share numbers. Hopefully by the time Windows Phone takes significant market share everyone on Windows Phone would be using a number of excellent alternatives available, such as Runtastic or Endomondo Sports Tracker.
Â Livescape — one of the top rated health and fitness apps for Windows Phone — has recently added support for MicrosoftÂ® HealthVaultÂ® as well as a new version specifically for Windows Phone 7.5 (a.k.a. “Mango” release). The app typically costs $4.99 but is currently made available at the discounted price of $2.99 for a limited time, during the initial launch of the Windows Phone Mango devices!
HealthVaultÂ® integration opens up a new world of possibilities for mobile health tracking. The added connectivity allows Livescape to synchronize with wireless weight scales, body composition readers, and blood pressure cuffs, as well as the ability to work with other HealthVault-enabled solutions. Please visit this page for a detailed explanation on some of the other benefits made possible with HealthVaultÂ® when used with Livescape.
You like walking, jogging or cycling and curious howÂ many calories have you burned during training?
Now you can measure it.
This app taking into consideration weight, currentÂ speed, time andÂ exerciseÂ type.
You can choose four types:
Â Nordic Walking
When you are walking, cycling or running Calorie MeterÂ shows your distance, current speed, calories you have burned and duration time.Â After allowing data connection in your phone, it gives you current weatherÂ forecast.
After end of work out all data is saved to phone (up toÂ 30 results).
You can always see statistics of:
Â calories burned
Â duration time
Â avarage speed
Furthermore, you can set calorie alarm. There is alsoÂ possibility to send all your training data via e-mail. You can put your weightÂ in pounds or kilograms and choose to display results in miles (yards) orÂ kilometers (meters). App styles are fully integrated with your phone theme.
Track your daily activities and stay in shape! Livescape is an activity and nutrition journal for Windows Phone 7 that lets you to monitor everything from food intake, to measurements, fertility, daily conditions, weight, blood pressure, and body composition. Included is a pedometer and GPS tracker which can record your routes while walking, running, driving, and parking. Lookup Nutrition Facts on the Internet or scan labels with OCR using your phone’s camera. Analyze data with the built-in graphing and reporting features. Share you progress on Facebook and Twitter!
Support for the Metric System, as well as, English Units
GPS tracking and logging for your activities (optional)
Step counting (Pedometer) with estimated distance traveled and calories burned
Ability to scan Nutrition Facts using your phone’s camera
Ability to lookup Nutrition Facts on the Internet
Consumption Tracking (Food and Drinks)
Special Soft Lock feature for phones that do not allow the pedometer to run under a fully locked screen
Calculate Body Fat, Lean Mass, and Fat Mass based on Waist, Hip, and Neck measurements
Visualize nutritional worth of foods and drinks
Weight, Blood Pressure, Mood, Stress, and Measurement Tracking
BMI and BMR Calculation
Ability to track ailments such as allergies, headaches, fevers, flus, and cramps
Privacy features (conceal age and weight when posting to Facebook)
Backup and Restore
Create multiple profiles for family and friends
Fertility calculation (be notified on days to conceive a child based on a fertility cycle)
Tracks is a new app from the software developers at 5ST that allows you to record your exercise routines and body measurements then analyse your progress over time with charts to optimize your workout routines.
Use the phone’s GPS to record your route while you bike or run. Set up checkpoints and Tracks will automatically record your split times as you hit them.
Choose from hundreds of predefined exercises with photo example, or add your own
Create and customize your own workout routines
Calculate calorie burn in real time while lifting weights, doing cardio exercises, or GPS-tracked activities
Additional tools include stopwatch with splits capability, speedometer, and BMI calculator
Joggah is a well-featured application with a finger-friendly interface. With Joggah you always have your complete running log book with you on your smartphone. Using the integrated GPS tracker functionality you can record your running tracks straight to your log automatically. Of course you can still listen to music or place phone calls simultaneously while Joggah tracks your outdoor workout. As each running path is stored in standard KML format, they can be opened directly in Google Earth.
Keeps a detailed log book of all your training exercises.
Integrated GPS tracker records your outdoor fitness activities including distance, time, speed, pace, calories burned, and path traveled.
Realtime display of speed and total distance covered based on GPS data.
Simple finger based touch screen operation.
Touch screen lock and button lock prevent unintentional operation while exercising.
Various speed, pace, and distance units supported (miles, kilometers, etc.)
Easily track jogging shoe mileage.
Give it a personal touch by setting your own background picture.
Storage of calories burned and training effect for each log book entry makes it ideal for a long term collection of the log book information from a Suuntoâ„¢ heart rate monitor.
GPS track is stored in standard KML format for easy viewing in Google Earth and similar applications.
The log book is stored in convenient tab-separated-values format that allows direct opening in Microsoft Excelâ„¢ or other spread sheet applications.
If like me, you are preparing your abs and arms for the beach your trusty Winmo device is here to help!
Calorie GPS is the first caloric consumption calculator for Windows Mobile devices that provides fairly accurate statistics based on the GPS readings and a few user-defined factors. The GPS readings include distance travelled, current velocity, acceleration changes, and can also include altitude changes. The factors include body weight, terrain characteristics, and activity type:
Skating, roller skating
RNS: Calorie GPS uses the GPS technology to calculate the amount of calories that your body burns. It will work together with a GPS receiver connected to your mobile device or integrated with it. With its help it will track your location, calculate your speed, and distance travelled. Using this information it will constantly estimate the current caloric consumption of your body, as well as calculate the total amount of calories burnt.