Google Rolls Out Google Fit App, Encourages Us to Be More Active
Article by George Norman
On 29 Oct 2014
It’s good for your health to be active; it's great for your general well-being to improve your fitness. To encourage and motivate you to be more active, search engine giant Google rolled out Google Fit, a fitness app that you can use to track your activity, set and monitor fitness goals. Director of Product Management at Google Sabrina Ellis explains:

“Google Fit uses sensors already built in to your Android phone to automatically detect walking, biking and running. And you can set and monitor your fitness goals based on your activity levels. It’s a great tool to discover how active you are and check in on your progress as you work on your fitness goals,” Ellis said. “Just keep your Android phone with you and we’ll make sure your activity counts – whether you’re cycling up steep hills, going for a morning jog or walking the dog,” she added.


Google Fit – Main Features
  • Activity tracking – the app can automatically detect and track walking, biking and running. It does this by using sensors built into your Android smartphone. If you carry your phone around with you, Google Fit will track your activity and you will be able to review your activity.
  • Fitness goals – use the app to set goals based on duration or steps; get performance-based recommendation for your fitness goals; easily see your goal progress.
  • Connect devices and apps – you can connect devices and apps like Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper and Noom Coach to Google Fit. This way you can access all your fitness data from a central location.
  • Availability & compatibility – Google Fit is available for Android smartphones and tablets and for the web; Google Fit is compatible with all Android Wear devices.
You can get Google Fit for Android for free from Google Play.
Google Fit works with smartphones and tablets powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or newer.

You can get started with Google Fit on the web by visiting the Google Fit official website.

Google also rolled out the Google Fit SDK. Learn more by following this link.

I have to remind you that Apple has something similar to Google Fit – the new Health app available with iOS 8 and Healthkit available with iOS 8 SDK.

Tags: Google, Google Fit, health, fitness, app, Android, Google Play, Google Fit SDK
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