Basis ships Peak Titanium Edition fitness tracker, updates apps with HealthKit, Google Fit support

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Basis on Tuesday launched a Titanium Edition of its Peak fitness tracker, and simultaneously announced software updates enabling support for Apple HealthKit and Google Fit.

The Titanium Edition is functionally identical to its predecessor, which can monitor heartrate, sleep cycles, skin temperature, and perspiration, as well as tell the time and receive notifications from a paired iPhone or Android device. The new model is literally built out of titanium however, and comes with an exclusive "cognac" leather strap by Horween. A silicone strap is bundled as well for people who want to wear the device during intense, sweatier exercise.

Regular Peak owners can now choose from five new leather straps, sold for $50 each in black, gray, caramel, khaki, and light pink colors.

Later today, Basis should be launching updates to its iPhone and Android apps, which will enable the HealthKit and Google Fit support. Both platforms offer a way of centralizing fitness data, as well as distributing it to other apps.

The company is simultaneously debuting the Peak Playground — which will let participating people test early features — and preparing a May 20 firmware update which should improve heart tracking and add a stopwatch mode.

The Peak Titanium Edition costs $300, a full $100 more than the existing Peak. That does, however, leave it $49 cheaper than the Apple Watch Sport, which for fitness purposes can only track motion and heartrate.