Moves (free) is an app I’ve been testing for some time now. Moves isn’t anything special, but if you’re someone who likes to know how far you’ve “moved” — at least on your feet — then this app will entice you.
Moves is essentially a pedometer via your smartphone.
The app tracks your steps throughout the day, then provides a summary of just how far you’ve walked. As you see, the app is fairly good about tracking actual steps, as opposed to driving. The app uses your phone’s accelerometer to track the steps.
You can set the app to give you a summary notification, or share the daily summary as a JPEG file (click for full view).
Obviously, I’m not as sedentary of a person as Mrs. The Droid Lawyer would have people believe. Yesterday, I actually almost walked 1 mile. And today, I walked 1.4 miles, or 3,289 steps.
That doesn’t include the 1.5 hours I spent with Droid Tot Number 2 walking around the neighborhood pond fishing.
One of my chief concerns about installing this app was battery drain. Since it’s always on, always tracking movement, I figured there would be a significant drain problem. I’m pleased to report that Moves uses about 4% of the battery, which is far less than other programs like Facebook or Twitter. It’s still not enough of a drain to actually care.
Unfortunately though, if you’re the proud owner of Samsung Galaxy Note 2, you won’t be able to use this app. The developer states:
Unfortunately, Samsung Note II cannot run its accelerometer sensor in the background. We have tried different solutions, but we have not found a satisfactory way to support the device. We would really like to support Note II and try to find a way in the future.
Moves is a fun app to have. Since the app is free, it’s also worth installing. If you do install this app, be advised that it could change your behavior, or just affirm your sedentary lifestyle. Either way, Moves gets 5 of 5 stars from me.
*Updated to add statement about Galaxy Note 2.