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Google Fit gets a redesign ahead of possible Pixel watch launch

22 August 2018

Google has updated its fitness tracking app Google Fit. You can expect these changes to hit the app sometime this week.

There's a whole host of Google apps that people use on a daily basis, like Chrome, Gmail, Drive, and so on.

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Google's revamp simplifies its tracking program, which it first launched in 2014 as a competitor to Apple's HealthKit. The amount of Heart Points you earn is also based on the intensity of the exercise.

Like the name implies, Move Minutes is a simple stat that tracks how often you walk around, with the goal of encouraging people to move more and sit less. Move Minutes can be earned for all activity like taking the stairs or going for a walk. For each minute of moderate activity (like jogging), you'll get one 'Heart Point.' The points are doubled for more intense activities, like running or kickboxing. This is Google's fitness ecosystem, a system that ties together the many sensors and devices given to users across the mobile smart device universe to create a health-aimed regiment of activity for the everyday average citizen. If you're into a different type of exercise, you can choose other activities like gardening, pilates, rowing or spinning, and Google Fit will calculate the Heart Points and Move Minutes achieved during your workout. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening.

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The new Google Fit app has been developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association, having been envisioned as the most intelligent consumer-ready fitness tracker to date.

But potentially the best part about Google Fit is that it will also share data with other major fitness apps, including Strava, My Fitness Pal, Runkeeper, and Endomodo, while also pulling in new data from a supported Wear OS smartwatch, which could help prevent your apps from needing to fight over your wellness stats.

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To reach the AHA and WHO's recommended amount of physical activity, it takes just half an hour of brisk walking for five days a week. Instead it will live inside the Wear OS app, where you'll be able to see the same overview of your activity, but won't be able to log workouts without a Wear OS smartwatch.

Google Fit gets a redesign ahead of possible Pixel watch launch