New Withings Fitness App Now Tracks Training And Sleep

By huge coincidence, I downloaded the brand new Withings app moments after its launch, almost by accident. The new app, which is iPhone-only (or pixel-doubled on the iPad) until a future update arrives), does a much nicer job than the old one of tying together the data from Withings’ various health devices, and remains completely free.

Unlike the previous Withings app, the new one (call simply “Withings”) wants to be a hub for your health tracking. You can hook it up to your Withings Wi-Fi scale and the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and it will track and graph the data. And now you can also bring in sleep data from Zeo, fitness tracking data from RunKeeper and activity data from your BodyMedia armband.

The app is neat enough, although navigation is a little confusing. I’m sure you’d get used to it, and you will probably be motivated to persevere as it is also quite pretty. But like any of these apps, it really depends on which services you already use.

I wear a FitBit, which is excellent, and I add cycling data manually into the FitBit app after recording it with Cyclemeter (running on an iPad). Finally, I track the food I eat with the lame-named MyFitnessPal (because it has a database that isn’t just U.S packaged foods).

Unfortunately, the Withings app doesn’t work with any of these, although you can theoretically pipe your Withings scale info into the FitBit app. I guess an industry-standard way to share this data would be too much to ask for.

Anyhow, if you own any Withings gear, grab this app and try it out. It’s nothing super special on its own, but if you also use the supported services you might just grow to love it.

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