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Google Fit, Google also wants to track your physical activities

Unveiled during Google I / O the platform to aggregate all tracking data of physical activities. Here's what we know so far

(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)

San Francisco – Google's entry into the world of fitness tracking a direct response to the launch of HealthKit by Apple, a way to keep track of the many applications already on the market – from Nike Plus and Fitbit, all naturally dedicated to the related bracelet to wear – but also the definitive confirmation, if still needed, that in the future of mobile there is a close relationship with health check.

Like HealthKit, Google Fit will also be a platform to aggregate all the data obtained with the detection of physical activities and sleep, with any device you want to use and without the need to use different apps for each accessory. Unlike Apple, however, Google seems to have put together not a small diagnostic center, but an ecosystem in which all the data will simply converge, whatever the app used to track them and the sensors to detect them. There are no subsequent steps, there are no medical implications. For now, at least.

For this, Google has worked with several partners – from Adidas to Nike and Withings, from Runtastic to Runkeeper – for the development of applications and the compatibility check with the bracelets that are already on the market and those that will come. For their part, even the producers will try to follow Google along the open platform path: Adidas, for example, has announced the release of APIs for the development of third-party applications that use the sensors of its accessories.

(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)

Like the other news announced during the opening keynote of I / O, Google Fit will also be integrated in the next version of the operating system, Android L – coming in the fall. The developer kit, on the other hand, will be available in the coming weeks.


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