Under Armour has announced it is ending direct software support for its HealthBox collection. Users were informed they will need to migrate data over to MapMyFitness.
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HealthBox consists of a smart scale, a fitness tracker and a heart rate chest strap. All three were launched back in 2016 with partner HTC. At the time many had expected the well known brand would make a name for itself as a provider of connected health and fitness gear.
The UA fitness band is essentially the 2015 HTC Grip, a $199 sleep and step-tracker with touch display, that never actually made it to the market. It was rebranded as UA Band with all the usual activity tracking features baked in, including step counting, sleep and heart rate monitoring.
Alongside the Band is the UA Scale. This is a sleek, glass-covered device that is able to recognize up to 8 users, and also syncs information back to the UA Record app. In addition to weight, it can monitor body fat. Interestingly, the scale has speaker notifications to give you audible updates on progress and a cheerful welcome in the morning.
The third device is the UA Heart Rate chest strap. This provides you with more precise heart rate measurements than the band, and lets you track workout intensity and heart rate zones.
All three of these were designed to be used with the UA Record smartphone app, which was functioning fine up to now. As reported by Are Technica, the company has pulled the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store at the start of this year.
It followed this up with an announcement that customers that want to continue using HealthBox devices, will need to migrate their data over to MapMyFitness. This is a software platform that was acquired by Under Armour back in 2013.
The issue with this is that the software is missing some of the UA Record features. This includes some basics such as steps, sleep, weight and resting heart rate data. All you’ll get essentially are your workout stats and calories burned. Which leaves out most of the functionality.
The company has given users until the 31st of March to migrate over to the new software. After that date, it will kill the UA Record app altogether.
The announcement should not come as too much of a surprise. The company had in 2017 pulled out of the wearables game due to slow sales. Since then it has shifted to developing its software platform and forging partnerships.
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