My Tracks Gains Google Fit Integration

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…)

Google Fit Update Brings Support for Manual Entry of 100 New Activities

An update has been pushed to Google Fit this afternoon, one which brings manual entry support for 100 new activities, as well as an experimental feature for users of Android Wear.

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…)

Google Announces Fit Developer Challenge in Partnership with adidas, Polar, and Withings

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…)

Google Fit Preview SDK Now Available

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…)

Google to Launch “Google Fit” at I/O, Will Announce Wearable Partners Too

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…)