Polar opens up for Apple Health and Google Fit

Fitness giant adds its data to the health app mix
Polar pals up with Apple and Google
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Sports watch and fitness tracking giant Polar has opened its data up to Apple and Google's new health platforms.

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The company behind the Polar M400 and Polar Loop fitness tracker is enabling its data to be viewed using the new Google Fit platform and also Apple Health – which is a large part of iOS 8.

Anyone who uses Polar Beat will be able to integrate their data with the Google Fit app from this week, while Polar Flow will sync up with Apple Health from next week.

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Both services merge health data from a range of fitness apps and devices in one place, bringing together information from various sleep trackers, blood pressure monitors, smart scales, running watches and activity monitors. In the future this data could be transferred to your doctor for a more complete picture of your health.

Marco Suvilaakso, Director of Product Management at Polar said:

β€œIt made perfect sense to us to ensure these services are compatible with Google Fit and Apple HealthKit – two important one-stop ecosystems for everything health and fitness.

β€œWe're sure our users will value this additional connectivity as they use Polar Loop, Polar M400, Polar V800 or Polar Beat."

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