Before last Friday, Google’s My Tracks inhabited a shrinking subset of fitness apps which merely record, not offer insight into, your workout routine. It could use GPS to track runs and walks over a set period of time and upload the results to Google Drive, but that was just about it. With the addition of Google Fit integration, though, My Tracks has become a little more useful, albeit still barebones. (more…)
The experimental feature, which was more than likely highly requested by users, allows your Fit to continuously track your activity, even when it is unpaired from a smartphone. For example, if you go on a run through the woods and leave your phone in the car, your watch should still track the data properly, then sync that info once your devices are reconnected. (more…)
Give them incentive, and developers will build awesome things. That is the premise of the Google Fit Developer Challenge, which the eponymous search giant announced yesterday. In partnership with lifestyle companies adidas, Polar, and Withings, Google’s contest for fitness apps will see winners receive front-and-center placement in the Play store and smart devices from the aforementioned sponsors. (more…)
The official Google Fit app is now available for Android devices through Google Play, allowing Android users to track all of their activity, tying all of the info directly to your Google account. With Google Fit, users can reach personal goals, which are specified by you within the app. These can be running, walking, or even biking goals. (more…)
Fitness tracking is evidently a great use case for smartwatches. Problem is, nascent platforms like Android Wear are, at least until the debut of Google Fit with the finalized version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, utterly lacking in that department. Thankfully, there are companies like Jawbone to fill the gap in the interim. (more…)
Google is pushing Version 6.1 of Google Play Services to users this afternoon, but don’t expect anything too crazy in the update. As for what is new, Google lists updated APIs for Drive and Fit, which also brings additional support for developers looking to test our their fitness devices through Android Wear. (more…)
Google Fit, the open platform Google introduced at I/O to help developers build fitness apps, now has a preview SDK available.
For those new, Google Fit brings a “single set of APIs for app and device manufacturers to store and access activity data from fitness apps and sensors.” Using these APIs, fitness information and history can be used in apps to do things like personalize coaching, bring insights into health activities, and recommend fitness lifestyles.
Google Fit has already partnered with companies that include the likes of Adidas, Nike, Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, Withings, and Runtastic. (more…)
According to a report out of Forbes, Google will unveil a new service called “Google Fit” at its I/O developers conference in a couple of weeks. The service will collect and aggregate data from fitness trackers and health-related apps; think steps or heart rate or other fitness activities. Google is also said to be ready to announce partnerships with wearable device makers at the conference. (more…)