Facebook today announced that it is obtaining mobile fitness app developer ProtoGeo Oy, reports the Exchange Diary. The Helsinki-based business was established in January 2012 and introduced its first and only app, Steps [iTunes] one year later. The health and fitness tracking app debuted first for the iPhone and was offered for Android in August of 2013. It is popular, building up 4 million downloads throughout both mobile systems.

In a post on its internet site, ProtoGeo verifies Steps will remain to operate as a standalone app and includes that the business has no strategies to share its physical fitness data with Facebook’s social network.

Today, we’re happy to announce that Facebook has actually gotten our business and the Techniques application. Considering that we launched Techniques, we’ve been concentrated on running a simple and clean task journal that millions of folks have taken pleasure in using.

Now, we’re joining Facebook’s talented team to deal with structure and improving their items and services with a shared objective of assisting easy, reliable devices for greater than a billion folks.

For those of you that make use of the Techniques application– the Techniques encounter will certainly continuously operate as a standalone application, and there are no strategies to transform that or commingle information with Facebook.

Moves stand out from competing fitness apps by automating the tedious process of information entrance, which could be an obstacle to the reliable usage of a physical fitness monitoring app. Move imports information from a variety of third-party apps and instantly senses activities such as going into the gym, heading out to lunch time or riding on public transportation. On the iPhone, Actions supports Apple’s M7 motion co-processor, which is readily available in the iPhone 5s.

This purchase by Facebook is one of a number of top-level application purchases by the social network as the company continues its development into the mobile application market. Techniques will sign up with Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Paper, all of which operate as apps under the Facebook umbrella.

The quantity Facebook paid to obtain ProtoGeo was not revealed, however a Facebook spokesperson informed the Commercial Journal that the quantity is “no place near the size of various other acquisitions the business has actually made in recent months.” Facebook revealed previously this year it was acquiring mobile messenger WhatsApp for $$ 19 billion and Oculus Rift for $$ 2 billion.

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