Facebook Expands Mobile App Portfolio with 'Moves' Fitness App Acquisition

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook today announced that it is acquiring mobile fitness app developer ProtoGeo Oy, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Helsinki-based company was founded in January 2012 and launched its first and only app, Moves [iTunes] one year later. The fitness tracking app debuted first for the iPhone and was made available for Android in August of 2013. It is popular, accruing 4 million downloads across both mobile platforms.

    In a post on its website, ProtoGeo confirms Moves will continue to operate as a standalone app and adds that the company has no plans to share its fitness data with Facebook's social network.
    Moves stand out from competing fitness apps by automating the tedious process of data entry, which can be a hindrance to the effective use of a fitness tracking app. Move imports data from a variety of third-party apps and automatically detects activities such as entering the gym, going out to lunch or riding on public transit. On the iPhone, Moves supports Apple's M7 motion co-processor, which is available in the iPhone 5s.

    This acquisition by Facebook is one of several high-profile app purchases by the social network as the company continues its expansion into the mobile app market. Moves will join Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Paper, all of which operate as stand-alone apps under the Facebook umbrella.

    The amount Facebook paid to acquire ProtoGeo was not revealed, but a Facebook spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the amount is "nowhere near the size of other acquisitions the company has made in recent months." Facebook announced earlier this year it was acquiring mobile messenger WhatsApp for $19 billion and Oculus Rift for $2 billion.

    Article Link: Facebook Expands Mobile App Portfolio with 'Moves' Fitness App Acquisition
  2. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
  3. macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2010
    Another app I use a lot that I will be deleting now. Thanks Facebook
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Nope. So much nope.

    It was a pretty well designed app - certainly best in class. I want a refund.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Greater Birmingham, UK
    I wish Facebook would stop buying every company that shows promise. It's getting creepy now, especially since this app tracks your location. I loved moves but doubt I'll be using it anymore.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2014

    I love Moves and now I can't trust it anymore. Great.
  7. C64
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Great app, love it, always on, use it daily. However... no way I'm letting a Facebook-owned app track my every move, literally.

    Exported my data, removed my account, deleted the app. I hope deleting my account means they actually delete the data, and it hasn't already been copied/backed up by Facebook.

    Argh! :mad:
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2014
    This is the e-mail I got from them. They're saying that "there are no plans to... commingle data with Facebook". But, then again, what do we believe nowadays?

  9. CarlosQG, Apr 24, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014

    macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Ugh, when is Facebook going to die? For me, the biggest letdown was when they purchased WhatsApp, luckily most of my friends now have iMessage.

    Perhaps Healthbook may be a replacement for this app (and most fitness apps on the App Store?) I'd love to stay on a full Apple ecosystem.
  10. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    Is this an epidemic now ? Come on if you're not into fitness you probably never will be. Even though I use Facebook , in my mind Facebook is the epitome of mistrust
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    No plans to share data means no plans now. Next month they'll change their minds and not tell anyone because the TOU people accepted probably states (as most do) that terms can change any time.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Sure, Moves has no plans. But I'll betcha Facebook does.
  13. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Go away Facebook, just die like MySpace, no one cares anymore.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2010
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Aw, schmidt. Why does Facebook have to ruin *everything*?
  15. C64
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008

    They're not buying this just for fun, the data is where the money is. Even if they don't get the data collected up to this point (which I doubt), some terms will change in the (near) future when the initial "nothing will change" statements have been forgotten, and suddenly they're logging everyone's location in real time.

  16. macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2014
    They are buying the internet. Someone stop it. Every good rising startup is just bought...
  17. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2006
    the tone in the thread about apples acquisitions is quite different.

    but i find it alarming the hold and amount of money these giants have and use it to control this market. its way to congested
  18. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    People who seemingly don't care about Facebook apparently care quite a bit about it for some reason.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    We're all here because we like using Apple products and when Apple buys a company, especially one that could help improve their product, we get excited.

    I share the same sentiment with many others here for Facebook buying Moves. To me they're getting a too hungry for user data.

    And you're right things are way too congested!
  20. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
  21. macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    As if I'd want other people on Facebook to know how much, and potentially where I workout.

    I already have enough trouble finding good security for the throngs that follow me around as it is... :D:cool::eek:;):):apple:


    Well, with taxes so low, and profits so high, it's to be expected. Eventually, with government assistance of course, i see the whole internet, and largely the totality of our 'civilization' will be owned and operated by less than 5 companies. It will be 'for our own good' too...
  22. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2014
    Most normal people hate Facebook. You must work there to love it so much.
  23. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Right, that's a totally rational statement to make (including the reference to "normal" people). :rolleyes:
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    if you want to try a really great app that is similar, try Argus. I really like it.
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2003
    Thanks for that.

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