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Bing Health & Fitness update enables SensorCore step counter on Lumia 630

The official Bing Health and Fitness app is adding pedometer functionality, starting with the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 when they launch shortly. This is leveraging the SensorCore SDK that was made available to developers last month which allows motion tracking without taking a big bite into device battery life.

Bing Health Step Counter

As you might expect, the Bing Health and Fitness app helps its users stay in shape by counting calories burned, tracking what they're eating, and providing a full workout regimen. A pedometer is a no-brainer addition to an app like this; keeping tabs on footsteps will provide a more precise reading for frequent runners.

With any luck we'll see the feature roll out to other Windows Phones like the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930 once they get their Cyan firmware updates. Phones with the newer Snapdragon 80x chipsets can leverage the SensorCore technology, so older Lumias won't be able to partake.

Bing Health Step Counter

What kind of fitness apps do you guys use for Windows Phone? Does the Bing option do the job for you? Get downloading Health & Fitness v. 3.0.3.332 from the Windows Phone store here, or with the QR code below.

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QR: Bing Health

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Bing Health & Fitness update enables SensorCore step counter on Lumia 630

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I've explained this before but will do again: we had a 630 show up weeks ago, but it has pre-Cyan firmware on it and we were not supposed to have it. We agreed with Nokia to not review because it was 'incomplete'.

If you followed me on Twitter/Instagram, you would have learned that the phone in the image above arrived at my front door this morning. No joke. That is the proper review unit from Nokia.

I agree we should have our review out earlier but here blame rests on Nokia for not providing us a timely unit for me to review. Despite appearances, not everything happens the way we want to and we work with what we have.

Our review for this phone will be coming out in the next few days.

Not to mention, this update makes the app usable on 8.1. Not that i couldn't use it before, but it was super slow and took forever to do anything. Now it's a lot faster. :)

The only issue I have with Bing Fitness currently is the inability to share workouts. Hopefully will be added in the future.

On my old Nokia 5800, the step counter app worked pretty reliably with the accelerometer. Why are they not providing the step counter on other phones without Sensor Core?

Because the tech is 100% dependent on newer chipsets. Sure, you had it on older phones, but this new tech is very battery conscious and it has open APIs for devs.

I've uninstalled it various times its installed on the phone and still doesn't work I realm don't know what to do. I have 8.1 preview installed.

Check if it is installed on the SD card. Motion monitor doesn't work when installed on the card. Move it to the phone memory and it will work.

Thanks I had to uninstall it and on storage sense had to change it to all on apps on phone cause I was still having problems with it doing it manually. I tried in the wpcentral forums and alot of people including an editor (no name) answer was "mine works fine" in Android central forums everyone at least try's to help you.

Thanks I had to uninstall it and on storage sense had to change it to all on apps on phone cause I was still having problems with it doing it manually. I tried in the wpcentral forums and alot of people including an editor (no name) answer was "mine works fine" in Android central forums everyone at least try's to help you. Thank you.

Daniel,

I know what every answer you give would be a guess assosiated with updates.  When do you thin Verizon aprove the Nokia Cyan update?

Thanks,

Grim

The diet tracker is still painfully slow to load.  They need to add the ability to select multiple food items to add at once.

I like the app but the inability, both on WP and W8, to create custom workout routines make it useless, at least for me.

I've used an older version Health app on a windows phone (HTC 8s) without a SIM card when I was running two weeks ago. Apparently, the GPS tracker that is built into this app requires you to have a data connection, because when I was done, the app had registered the duration of my workout, but not the distance, despite having a proper GPS signal. Other running apps work perfectly on this particular phone. So, no, I'll not be using this app, apart from the fact that the 8S doesn't have a SensorCore, nd neither does my newer Lumia 925.

Edit: it may also because this device runs the Developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, but I don't have another 8s to confirm this hypothesis.

it's a good app but needs a few more features like saved Map tracking (like Runkeeper etc) rather than just the current Distance only

I'm very happy with "Run the Map" which has walking, running and cyling modes and sync with OneNote.

And I don't know how but doesn't drain my battery while using it.