Google Fit: Fitness and Health Tracking Platform Announced

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At the ongoing Google I/O 2014 developer's conference taking place in San Francisco, Google along with the number of products, also announced a platform which is fitness-oriented. Dubbed as Google Fit, this health and fitness tracking platform is something that will directly compete with Apple's recently launched Healthkit.

Google Fit: Fitness and Health Tracking Platform Announced

What it does is very simple. The platform will aggregate and collect your fitness data at one place. It will help users monitor their fitness activities like heart rate, blood sugar, steps taken etc. on this platform. Basically, it's a single set of APIs will allow developers to dig into rival apps and combine data for deeper and smarter insights.

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In plain words, Google is building a single set of APIs which will allow fitness/health tracking apps and devices to share data with the aim of bringing a more "complete picture of the user's fitness". Users will be given full control over sharing their information with apps and will be able to delete data at any time.

One Google employee reportedly said, "So if a user grants permission, apps can have access to a user's entire fitness stream to give better recommendations through this additional context."

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Google Fit partners already include Nike, HTC, LG, Withings, Motorola, Noom, Runtastic, RunKeeper, Adidas, Mio, and Polar. Nike also announced that it will integrate its popular Fuel points system into Google Fit for other apps to use. Adidas, on the other hand, is also developing a line of sensor-based health wearables that will integrate with the Google Fit platform.

The Google Fit Platform Preview SDK will be available "in just a few weeks," a Google employee added.

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