Google has overhauled its health app Google Fit, adding more metrics, feedback and data from a host of wearable devices.
Previously, Google Fit was a rather toothless aggregator of basic data. Much like Apple Health, it was designed to be a platform that unified health data from Android Wear devices, sports apps and even the sensors inside our smartphones, but it offered little reason for users to dive in.
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However, with new features such as the real-time tracking of running and cycling – including all the maps and data you'd expect from the likes of Strava – there are now more reasons for people to pick up the app.
And Android Wear users are also better catered for, too. You can now use your Google powered smartwatch to measure a range of exercises including press-ups, squats and sit-ups. These will be tracked using the device's accelerometer and then recorded in Google Fit.
When it launched in May 2015 Google Fit was unable to sync data with non-Android Wear devices, but that's changed now. Google Fit will now display sleep data from the Xiaomi Mi Band and Mi Band 1S, Sony SmartBand 2, or the Basis Peak and nutrition from MyFitnessPal, Fatsecret, Lifesum, or LoseIt.
It's actually now much more inherently useful that Apple Health, and at least provides some reason to open the app.
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