Google previews Google Fit APIs for sharing fitness-logging info

Google logoGoogle announced a new set of APIs called Google Fit at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Fit is meant to help Google users keep track of fitness goals with wearables, sensors, and data-logging apps by letting those apps and devices share information with each other.

Google didn't go into much detail on usage scenarios of the APIs, but it appears that app flexibility will be more dependent on the apps themselves, rather than the platform. The platform will have a single set of APIs that allow different fitness apps to share info between one another with the appropriate permissions.

Google Fit

As one example, Google showed the fitness app Noom, which is normally used to log body weight. With the APIs, Noom can pull in data on nutrition and workouts from other apps to present a better picture of what is going into weight changes.

Google named a number of partners including LG, RunKeeper, RunTastic, Adidas, Basis, Nike, and Motorola. Google specifically mentioned wearables, but the only device named for integration during the presentation was Nike's Fuel system.

Google announced Fit just weeks after Apple announced a similar platform dubbed Healthkit. While Google's focuses more on data and fitness tracking, Apple's appears to center more around health and medical issues and can share information with healthcare providers.

The platform SDK will be available in a few weeks, Google said.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google

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