Google Fit was unveiled to the world back in June, promising a platform to help people track their fitness goals. It’s essentially a set of APIs that lets developers dig in to rival apps and combine data for deeper insights, similar to Apple Health.
Today, Google has launched a dedicated Google Fit app for Android, serving to capture all your movements throughout the day, including walking, running and cycling. It’s a little bit like Moves, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, and a myriad of other fitness-tracking services.
All you do is install the app on your phone, hook it up with your Google account, and Google Fit tracks everything, while serving up stats of your week-to-week and day-to-day activities.
You can also set goals based on duration or steps, and see how you progress, with Google Fit dishing out recommendations based on your performance.
The Google Fit app, while a useful tool in itself, is also Google showcasing its own APIs, as it lets you connect third-party devices and apps to gather all your data in a single place. Naturally, it connects with Android Wear too.
Confirmed partners at launch earlier this year included Nike, HTC, LG, RunKeeper, Withings, Motorola, Noom, Runtastic and Polar. So someone who prefers to use the Runtastic Orbit fitness band when running and a Moto 360 smartwatch the rest of the time, can centralize all their data within Google Fit.
The platform can supposedly be accessed via the Web too, though the link isn’t currently working for us. But you can download Google Fit for Android now.
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