Google Fit Receives New Update, API’s

Android / Fitness & Health / Google / Mobile
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These days, anyone trying to use their smartphone to track their exercise and fitness plans knows that there are a plethora of fitness apps available. Two of my favorites are MapMyFitness and Endomondo. Then there’s training apps like C25K, and many others. So how do you keep all your workout info in one place?

It seems Google Fit wants to be that hub that helps organize all of your data. Rather than acting as a repository for all that data, it appears that the developers behind Google Fit are working toward helping Google Fit talk to all of your fitness and calorie apps and help them all talk together.

They recently updated the Google Fit app with some new features, including an Android Wear watch face that helps users track their progress throughout the day. They also added data types to the Google Fit SDK and have new partners tracking data (e.g. nutrition, sleep, etc.) that developers can now use in their own apps.

Some of the new features include:

  • The Google Fit app now computes the distance traveled per day.
  • If a user has entered their details into the Google Fit app, the app now computes their calories burned per day.
  • LifeSum and Lose It! are now writing nutrition data, like calories consumed, macronutrients (proteins, carbs, fats), and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to Google Fit. MyFitnessPal will start writing this data soon too.
  • Basis Peak and Sleep as Android are now writing sleep activity segments to Google Fit.
  • Endomondo, Garmin, the Daily Burn, the Basis Peak and the Xiaomi miBand are new Google Fit partners that will allow users to store their workout sessions and activity data. Developers can access this data with permission from the user, which will also be shown in the Google Fit app.
  • Runkeeper now shows a Google Now card to its users encouraging them to “work off” their meals, based on their meals written to Google Fit by other apps.
  • Instaweather has integrated Google Fit into a new Android Wear face that they’re testing in beta.

I like the idea of Google Now cards and Android Wear faces. The Google Now cards could be very handy if you use Google Now frequently (as I do). It will be interesting to see how all these new API’s are put to use by more and more developers.

What’s your favorite workout app? Is it the app that tells you where the closest coffee shop is?  Let us know in the comments!

  Source: Google Developer Blog  Get Google Fit from Google Play

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