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Basis adds style upgrades and new software features to its Peak activity tracker

Jon Phillips | May 20, 2015
Because even hardcore, fitness-focused wearables need to keep up their appearance.

But with a Tuesday app update and Wednesday firmware upgrade, Basis isn't doing that much to improve the core user experience of Peak and Titanium Edition. Instead, here's what you get:

Data syncing with Apple Health and Google Fit: In a nutshell, you'll be able to see some of your Basis data in Apple and Google's wellness apps. Expect basic metrics like steps walked and calories burned. You'll still want to hit the Basis app for advanced analytics.

Stopwatch functions: This one will arrive in the May 20 firmware upgrade. We're looking at basic functions: start, stop, lap and reset. Useful, sure. But not a thrilling addition.

Basis Peak Playground: If you decide to opt in, you'll get the opportunity to test beta features as they're being developed. For example: "Photo Finish," which prompts you to snap a selfie the moment you finish a workout. Smile if that run felt great. Frown if your knees hurt.

Basis also told me the firmware improves stability in Bluetooth connections, and includes refinements to its heart-rate monitoring algorithms. It's a very behind-the-scenes update, but for long-time Basis users who care more quantifying themselves than looking stylish, it may be the biggest update of all.

 

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