Google Fit lands in Google Play, locks horns with Apple Healthkit

Posted on Oct 29 2014 - 1:42pm by Sukanya

In a major overhaul that just took too long to come, Google Play has finally introduced its very own health and fitness tracking app aggregator on its store – the Google Fit. It is accessible on Android Wear as well as Android smartphones and tablets.

Google announces Google Fit app and Android Wear SDK

Google announces Google Fit app and Android Wear SDK

Working as part of your signed-up Google Apps, the utility not just functions like a mere hub for your daily use fitness apps. Just like Apple Healthkit, it leverages your smartphone accelerometer sensors to show you cumulative pie graphs and line charts on how much exercise you got in a day. Besides recording step counts and active time, the tool can also be customized to keep a track of your routine fitness schedule components and workouts like bicycling, sprinting and taking a walk. 

Google Fit aggregates all your fitness apps giving real-time analytics

Google Fit aggregates all your fitness apps giving real-time analytics

Sources say the Google Fit tool is a great aid for users to see their progress in achieving long term fitness goals they can set for themselves. The word around town is that it does work well with third-party wearable devices such as FitBit – the top-grossing activity-tracker as per 2014 Q1 market trends. 

The launcher which works simultaneously on the web along with its interface on your Android device; will also host vital tips and data that partnering health websites have stored on it. Users can feed data into the app like their height, weight, BMI along with their fitness goals – based either on duration or step count – for the month or year and add unrecorded workout goals reached in order that they get a composite tracking graph. Critical health metric like heart rate are also fed in from your Android apps running on your devices. This means, you will be able to monitor your health graphs as well as workout progress in actual time, all in one place. The platform will also recommend goals to users based on their previous performance. 

Google Fit offers real-time progress analytics to help you achieve your fitness goals

Google Fit offers real-time progress analytics to help you achieve your fitness goals

Visit the support page online to know how you can set up your smartphone Fit app to sync on the web:  Google Fit Support

Users will also have the option to dismember a third-party app from the Google Fit analytics dashboard.

Google Fit SDK for developers

Google has also just rolled out its Google Fit APIs (Application Program Interface) inviting developers who want to design apps for Android Wear and Android devices that would be integrated with the Google Fit app interface panel. Developers can use the DevKit coding to build their app for Fit and it looks like the Google+ Community of Google Fit Developers is already thriving with experimentation and explorations.

The Google Fit SDK for developers is eyeing third-party apps to associate with for an all-round fitness monitoring

The Google Fit SDK for developers is eyeing third-party apps to associate with for an all-round fitness monitoring

 

What this application base will give developers is the advantage to access to user’s track records on Google Fit, enabling them to develop targeted apps with customizable user experience. The company also hints future collaboration with names like Adidas, Runtastic, FatSecret and LG to bring out apps and devices to unify with the Google Fit tool. 

Incidentally, Apple is also preparing its HealthKit revamp for iOS8 to work with compatible apps from big names such as Nike, hoping to make them all consolidate on its hub.

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