Google Fit, the tech giant's health and fitness tracking app, has been simplified and streamlined in consultation with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization.
Tapping the health and fitness market is a priority for Apple and Google, which both consider movement and health tracking as a key selling point for their wearable devices. "The new Google Fit is centered around two simple and smart activity goals based on AHA and WHO's activity recommendations shown to impact health: Move Minutes and Heart Points". The redesign does away with steps and puts more emphasis on activity rings to motivate one to meet their daily step goals and move regularly. Google Fit will also integrate into other fitness tracking apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal so that every single piece of activity is recorded and counted towards your Move Minute and Heart Point total.
Google Fit is not a new feature in itself, but the company behind the health and fitness platform has made a decision to give it a pretty big update that also brings new features.
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As for functional changes, Google Fit will no longer pester you for getting X amount of steps, stairs, miles, etc. tracked during the day. This integration with other apps is designed so that Google Fit can keep track of all of your activity. These will see Fit users closing rings as they earn those points.
'You'll score one point for each minute of moderate activity, like picking up the pace while walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running or kickboxing.
The new Google Fit is rolling out "beginning this week" on Android and Wear OS. iOS users with a Wear OS smartwatch will be able to track their Google Fit progress through the Wear OS app. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening.
To test calorie's burned, testers wore a face mask that was linked to a gas-analysis system.