Apple’s GymKit has landed for the first time in the North American continent in a gym located right in New York City, the Life Time Athletic at Sky. But the feature is heading to Equinox by next year. GymKit actually has already rolled out in two gyms in the United Kingdom, while in Australia, no less than five gyms already got the feature.
According to a new report recently published by IDC, it appears that the market for wearable devices worldwide is alive and kicking. The research firm stated that the volume of shipments of smartwatch devices and fitness trackers have reached 33.9 million units during the final quarter of last year, which is not only a new all time high but also signifies a growth of 16.9 percent year over year. As for the volume of shipments for the whole year, that increased 25 percent to 102.4 million units.
Among today’s wearable devices, fitness trackers are still the undisputed best sellers, but smartwatch devices are beginning to catch on. According to market research firm NPD, activity trackers are still more widely used compared to smartwatches across most categories related to fitness, especially among owners of wearable devices who work out. NPD’s data also shows that those who use fitness trackers are generally more active -- 79 percent of fitness tracker owners exercise on a regular basis, while 66 percent of smartwatch owners hit the gym.
It appears that 2015 was both a good year and a bad year for Fitbit. The company finished last year as (still) the king of the wearables industry, but it saw its market share continue to decrease. According to market research firm IDC, the shipment volume of Fitbit’s widely popular activity tracker devices increased to 21 million units in 2015, a significant improvement compared to the 11 million units it registered the year before.
In the 1990s, Tamagotchi was a craze back then. It basically involved taking care of a virtual pet (from egg-hood to adulthood -- don’t ask why, it was the 90s), and if users failed to do that, their Tamagotchi pet would “die.” Now, a new mobile app is trying to bring this same concept to the 2010s. The funny thing is, this particular app is for fitness tracking.
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