winners Stories April 15, 2015

12 Google Fit Developer Challenge winners are getting the spotlight on Google Play

Google invited developers in mid-November of last year to submit apps that integrate Google Fit, and now they’ve announced the winners of that contest. The main requirement was that the app integrated Fit in some way, and judges were specifically looking for apps that were “innovative, fun to use, keep users coming back, offer users real benefit, and meet the Android design and quality guidelines.”

It looks like they’ve made their picks.

The winners include six apps that are brand new, and six that were updated to include Google Fit features. The two grand prize winners from each category will be receiving some nice swag from contest partners adidas, Polar, and Withings, to further their development. Prizes include X_CELL and SPEED_CELL activity trackers from adidas, a new Android Wear device, a Loop activity tracker and more.

Here’s the full list of winners, all of which will be getting the spotlight on Google Play at some point in the coming months:

  • 7MinGym: All you need is this app, a chair, and a wall to start benefiting from 7 minute workouts at home. You can play music from your favorite music app and cast your workout to Chromecast or Android TV.
  • Aqualert: This app reminds you to stay hydrated throughout the day and lets you track your water intake.
  • Cinch Weight Loss and Fitness: Cinch helps you with detailed information your steps taken and calories burned. The app also supports heart-rate tracking with compatible Android Wear devices.
  • FitHub: FitHub lets you track your fitness activity from multiple accounts, including Google Fit, and multiple wearable devices, including Android Wear. You can also add your friends to compare your progress!
  • FitSquad: FitSquad turns fitness into a competition. Join your friends in a squad to compare progress, track achievements, and cheer each other on.
  • Instant – Quantified Self: Instant is a lifestyle app that helps you track not only your physical activity but your digital activity too and tells you how much you’re using your phone and apps.other activity. You can also set usage limits and reminders.
  • Jump Rope Wear Counter: This simple app lets you count your jump rope skips with an Android Wear device.
  • Move it!: This app packs one neat feature – it reminds you to get up and move about if you haven’t been active in the last hour.
  • Openrider – GPS Cycling Riding: Track and map your cycle routes with Openrider.
  • Running Buddies: In this run tracking app, runners can choose to share their runs and stats with those around them so that they can find other runners similar to themselves to go running with.
  • Strength: Strength is a workout tracking app that also lets you choose from a number of routines, so you can get to your workout quickly and track it without manual data entry. Schedules and rest timers come included.
  • Walkholic: Walkholic is another way to see your Google Fit walking, cycling, and running data. You can also turn on notifications if you don’t meet your own preset goals.

winners Stories July 9, 2014

Google announces five ‘Giving through Glass’ winners & their ambitious plans for Glass

Google today announced the winners of its “Giving through Glass” initiative that will see the company work with nonprofits to develop apps for the platform. The winners will not only get Glass, but also “a $25,000 grant, a trip to Google for training, and access to Glass developers who can help make their projects a reality.”

The winners include: 3000 Miles to a Cure, Classroom Champions, The Hearing and Speech Agency, Mark Morris Dance Group and Women’s Audio Mission… Developers are already working with these inspiring groups, and next week these five nonprofits will descend on Google Glass’ Base Camp in San Francisco for training, and to connect with their Google mentors. Stay tuned for updates on how the projects unfold!

Google shared some of the plans that the winners have for Glass. Classroom Champions, for example, will be looking to inspire with an app designed to offer “a look through the eyes of Paralympic athletes as they train and compete.” Others are working on a educational experiences for the classroom as well as Glass apps to help improve the communication process for individuals with speech language challenges, hearing loss and autism.

You can read more about Google’s Giving through Glass initiative here.

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