Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Brittany A. Roston - Nov 19, 2015, 2:46pm CST
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Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit, the company’s fitness tracking app, has been updated with several new features, not the least of which are instant insights into one’s fitness activities — walks, runs, bicycle rides, and such. Google Fit will gather data related to those activities, such as how fast you’re cycling or your running pace, and present it as a snapshot alongside a route presented on Google Maps.

In addition to Instant Insights, which is shown in the image above, those with Android Wear smartwatches can set up a daily strength training challenge, which will involve sit-ups, squats, and push-ups. The watch will automatically detect when each of these take place, adding it to the Google Fit app as part of the day’s overall activity.

In addition, Google Fit has new integrations that will be rolling out to users “in the coming days.” This includes support for the Sony Smartband 2, Basis Peak, Xiaomi Mi Band, Mi Band 1S, and Sleep as Android, and apps like LoseIt, Fatsecret, Lifesum, and MyFitnessPal. This will expand insight into one’s health and fitness goals, the company says.

You can grab Google Fit from the Google Play Store. It works similar to the fitness tracking apps from other companies, presenting data in colorful, easy-to-digest graphs that are grouped by category. As the tracker is used, it will start to present things like daily averages, as well, providing an overall snapshot into one’s daily life habits.

SOURCE: Android Official Blog


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