Today we released all of these awesome updates for the Android version of our app. Click here to download the brand new app on your Android device. (Original blog post below has been edited to reflect this.)
UPDATE 4/9/14: It's here!
After months of teamwork, SparkPeople is thrilled to offer you an improved version of our popular Diet & Fitness Tracker app (now renamed Calorie Counter & Weight Loss App)--for FREE. Our mission has always been to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and lead healthier lives, and we believe that offering our best food and fitness tracking tools in a free app will help more people than ever before.
As of today, our app is free for all Apple (iPhone and iPad) and Android users. You can download the app using the links below (or search for "SparkPeople" in your mobile phone's app store). And to sweeten the deal even more, you'll get 250 SparkPoints* just for downloading the app!
Incredible Updates for iPhone & Android Users
We’ve made some pretty awesome changes to our free app, including:
*GPS tracking only available on iPhone.
Note that this app was built and optimized with Apple's newest operating system, iOS7, in mind. Click here to find out which operating system your iPhone has and learn how to upgrade your device to the newest version for free. If you do not have iOS7, these upgrades will not work for your device.
If you already use SparkPeople’s Tracker app, simply update your app (for free!) to access all these new features.
We’re excited to kick off this journey, and we’re thrilled you’re taking it with us. Get ready to meet the best version of yourself with the help of our new, improved and FREE app!
As always, we want to hear what you think about our new app. Please share your questions and comments below.
Thank you for your support, and enjoy the app (and the complementary *250 SparkPoints for your download)!
*After downloading the app, get your SparkPoints here.
ORIGINAL STORY: We wanted to give you all a heads up on an exciting development. In about a week, SparkPeople's Diet & Fitness Tracker app (currently $3.99) will become free of charge! Because some of you might be on the verge of paying for the app, we wanted to let you know about this change before you download the current version. Stay tuned for the exact date, as we don't have 100% control (just a general idea) of when the app store will approve and release this new version.
So why go free? And why right now?
SparkPeople's mission has always been to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and live healthier lives. One of the ways we are able keep this mission alive is by offering our website and features for free so that we can break down barriers and reach more people. But being a free site comes with many challenges. We need creative ways to earn revenue to keep SparkPeople going, which is why we offer a variety of optional paid features such as SparkCoach, workout DVDs, SparkPeople Store merchandise, and books. A little over a year ago, we also started charging for our mobile app because building and maintaining it became such a resource-intensive matter. Many members weren't happy about the charge, which was tough feedback for us to hear, because the revenue really helped our small company continue to thrive during lean times. So we thank all of you who did pay for the app in this period. Your support really helped our team—we can't thank you enough!
We always hoped that charging for our app would be temporary, and knew that someday we'd be able to make our app free for everyone again. We think SparkPeople is the best nutrition and fitness program around, and we want to be able to help more people discover SparkPeople and our healthy, sensible approach to weight loss and healthy living. A free app certainly helps support this mission. With some strategic planning and smart changes, we've been able to do just that. Not only will the app be free on all platforms in just a few days, but we're also releasing a much-anticipated update for the iPhone app (Android update is coming soon!), packed with tons of great new features that will make your mobile SparkPeople experience easier and better!
As soon as the new free version is available, we'll be sure to let you all know. Please look for announcements of this re-launch in the coming days!
Thanks for your support of SparkPeople over the years!
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