Microsoft concludes Motion Monitor beta program, urges users to download Bing Health + Fitness
Motion Monitor is a handy app for those who wish to get in shape, using nothing more than their smartphone. Microsoft has fired out an email detailing that the app will be pulled from the Store for incompatibility with Lumia Cyan, but Bing Health + Fitness and other third-party apps will be available for download.
The SensoreCore SDK takes advantage of internal sensors on new Windows Phones to sense when you're moving and how intense said activity was. Essentially, it turns your smartphone into a smart pedometer with the Lumia Cyan firmware update installed, combined with Snapdragon 80x chipsets.
The email thanks beta testers for taking part in the Nokia Motion Monitor beta, especially those who actively provided feedback. The app itself was previewing functionality, which can be offered in other apps utilizing the SensorCore SDK, including Bing Health & Fitness by Microsoft. Unfortunately, Motion Monitor will no longer work after installing the Lumia Cyan update (due to it being a preview) and thus the app will be pulled from the Store.
It's recommended you install Bing Health & Fitness (or third-party alternative), once the Lumia Cyan firmware update is available for the pedometer functionality to work. This will ensure the apps will be able to monitor activity once Lumia Cyan is installed - Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon will be compatible once Lumia Cyan is released, while the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, and Lumia 930 are already supported. Were you part of the Motion Monitor beta? Let us know your thoughts on said functionality in the comments.
If you already don't have Bing Health + Fitness, you should really give it a go as it's much more comprehensive than Motion Monitor in terms of news and features. If you have a Lumia 630, the built in pedometer is also more refined.
- Download Bing Health + Fitness from the Windows Phone Store Thanks, Henrique C., and Matt M., for the tips!
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