Google Fit web app is getting ditched as focus shifts to smartwatches and phones

This is definitely good news for Wear OS smartwatch owners
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Google has decided to shutter the web version of its Google Fit platform to concentrate on improving the experience on Wear OS and Android devices.

Visiting Google Fit from your desktop now displays a big yellow banner at the top of the page that explains all. It reveals that the website will be turned off on 19 March 2019, prompting anyone that wants to continue tracking their health and fitness to download the Fit app for your Android phone or Wear OS smartwatch.

Essential reading: How to use Google Fit

It's perhaps not all that surprising that Google has done this, especially when you consider that the web version of Fit remained exactly the same despite the platform getting a major revamp in 2018. It was never the slickest of places to view your data and we'd be surprised to find out that a lot of people relied on Fit on a desktop.

Since that Google Fit revamp in August last year, we've seen new features added to the platform including Guided Breathing for smartwatches and the ability to add a Fit widget to your phone's homescreen to help keep a closer eye on those Move Minutes and Heart Points.

With those Google Pixel Watch rumors refusing to go away and the moves Google has made to beef up its smartwatch platform recently, it's actually pleasing to hear that the big G will dedicate more time and resources to improving the Fit experience from the wrist.

Do you rely on Google Fit on the web to check your data? Let us know in the comments section below.

Via: 9to5Google


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Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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