Move over, Apple Health. Google now has its own fitness tracking app as well.
The app uses sensors already built into your phone to automatically detect when you’re walking, biking, and running.
The Web giant on Tuesday (October 28, 2014) launched Google Fit, a new fitness app to help you track your activity and stay motivated in your quest for health. First announced at Google I/O, the app uses sensors already built into your phone to automatically detect when you’re walking, biking, and running.
You can also use the app to set fitness goals based on either duration or steps, and monitor them over time. As you go about your business, the app will offer up performance-based recommendations to help you meet your goals.
“It’s a great tool to discover how active you are and check in on your progress as you work on your fitness goals,” Sabrina Ellis, director of product management for Android, wrote in a blog post. The app works across Android phones, tablets, Android Wear smart devices, and on the Web, so you can check in just about anywhere you are.
Google Fit also plays nice with a number of other fitness tracking devices and health apps, including Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper, and Noom Coach, so all your fitness info stays organized in one place.
“No need to check one app to see your weight and another to review a run—with Google Fit, that data will all be surfaced in one, simple place,” Ellis said.
The app is available in Google Play for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.
Google Fit’s dashboard, also available on the web, tracks your activities over time and your progress toward exercise or weight loss goals. Eventually, you will also be able to connect Google Fit to third party apps and devices, including Android Wear smartwatches and fitness trackers from Runtastic, Polar and Basis.
Source: PCMag.com, Mashable.com, Techcrunch.com, engadget.com