California startup Lark steps away from hardware with new health tracking app on Samsung
Health startup Lark has emerged from its temporary stealth mode with the release of an app built into Samsung's Galaxy S5 model. The app works like a virtual health coach that helps users maintain their health and wellness, according to TechCrunch.
Lark chief executive officer (CEO) Julia Hu commented: "We've realized that, in essence, the new smartphone with low power sensors is the ultimate wearable."
Lark uses the Galaxy S5's built-in low-power sensor to monitor the activities of the user. The app gives conversational-style health inquiries, tips, and suggestions. Unlike its previous app-and-wristband product, this new app functions as a standalone app. The monthly use of the app costs $2.99. Galaxy S5 users get a year's free use of Lark. Hu said the company is planning to launch the app on other phones in the future, the report explained.
Based on a regulatory filing last fall, Lark had secured $3.1 million in a funding round, which Hu confirmed this week. The Mountain View-based startup's investors include CrunchFund, TechCrunch reported.