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Pebble is stepping up its fitness game, literally, with a new software update today. The company announced the release of Pebble Health, the first native fitness-tracking app for its Time series of smartwatches. In late 2014, Pebble watches gained the ability to track steps and sleep via a software update, but Pebble wants to expand on this feature with an actual app that works in the background of your daily watch interactions and integrates with its Timeline layout.

Referencing images provided by Pebble, the health app seems to focus on steps, active time, and sleep. In a statement, the company notes the app is meant to provide "helpful and actionable daily insights" on how to be more active and get a better night's rest. Rather than setting a step goal in the thousands, Pebble Health will learn your routine over time and compare your daily step count to your personal average. Weekly step and sleep graphs are also provided, and the app may suggest an earlier bedtime if it notices you've been a bit lazier than usual. Since Pebble Health works with the timeline layout of the newest watches, you'll be able to see daily sleep summaries and activity summaries at the beginning and end of each day, respectively.

Pebble has a history of being very open with its products, and Pebble Health is no different. Developers will have access to the new app via an upcoming API, which the company is hoping will encourage them think of new ways to visualize and use health data. At the launch of the Time and Time Steel smartwatches, Pebble did something similar by allowing developers to make "smart straps" that would add new features to the devices like heart rate monitoring functionality. While smart straps are not a dead yet, we haven't seen many come out either. In addition, Pebble is giving researchers at the Stanford Wearable Health lab access to the app's technology for those looking into "dependable health and medical standard for data collection and study."

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