​Under siege: Fitbit's being caught by the might of Under Armour

App data shows that the big players are making an impact
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A new report into the habits of users of the big fitness tracker apps has found some surprising data about the growth of big brands, and found some interesting differences between them.

Unsurprisingly, the report by mobile analytics firm 7Park Data showed that Fitbit enjoyed the lion's share of engagement, logging 72.68% of usage time of the sample. What's more, the company bucked the commonly held view that users drop off, maintaining user engagement after Christmas, according to the report.

"After capturing a new wave of daily active users thanks to seasonal enthusiasm during the holidays, Fitbit maintained its user engagement and continued the trend of keeping post-season fitness converts in 2016," the report read.

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However, what's more interesting is the growth of Under Armour as a force in fitness tech. Under Armour Record's users grew by 606.6% according to the study, followed by Garmin Connect with 193.6%. To put that in perspective, Fitbit grew by 124.2%. Perhaps that's the reason for Fitbit investor's itchy trigger fingers.

However, Under Armour has a long way to go. The company only achieved 7.16% of the total user sample, so it's still pretty small fry.

"Under Armour Record is integrated with all other Under Armour's fitness and nutrition apps, allowing users to track all their activities in one place. This may explain the app's rapid adoption and growth," the report concluded.

Check out our reviews of the latest Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta fitness trackers, and of course, the Under Armour Band and SpeedForm Gemini 2 smart trainers.

​Under siege: Fitbit's being caught by the might of Under Armour

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James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.

He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and T3.com and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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