Google Fit is Now Available for Download, Provides Centralized Health & Fitness Tracking
Google’s answer to Apple’s Health Kit is here. Google Fit, which was announced back in June this year, is now available for download on the Play Store. Much like Apple’s Health Kit, Google Fit offers a central place to monitor your health goals and workout stats. The app is compatible with every Android Wear device in the market.
More importantly, Google Fit can work as a standalone health tracker. The app can monitor your walking, running and cycling (no swimming though). Goals based on duration or total steps can be established, with Fit keeping you aware of your progress throughout each day. Third party apps (like Runtastic) and fitness trackers (like Fitbit) can also tap into Google’s platform and input your health data.
Confirmed partners at launch earlier this year included Nike, HTC, LG, Withings, Motorola, Noom, Runtastic, RunKeeper and Polar. More fitness trackers and apps are expected to use Google Fit’s APIs in the near future. Google Fit can also be accessed via the Web too. Although this fitness app follows Google’s new Material Design guidelines, Google Fit is available to all users running Android 4.0 and newer. One can expect Google Fit to be a battery hog, but we can confirm only after we thoroughly test the app.