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Google Fit gets all-white redesign, new activity rings

Google Fit gets all-white redesign, new activity rings”

Google Fit is available as an Android app only, and it's not included with the platform, so you must first download it from the Google Play Store.

Google Fit now includes features called Heart Points and Move Minutes.

Google Fit, the company's health and fitness platform, is getting a total overhaul, bringing new features and a facelift to both smartphone and smartwatch apps.

Once you've recorded a certain amount of information, the intention is Google Fit will start to give you tips on where you can fit exercise into your day or how you can increase your heart rate at certain points in your day.

The new Google Fit program works with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to give the whole system a kick in the trousers. But as Apple builds out its own fitness features with an upcoming Watch OS update, keeping pace won't be easy.

Google has drawn on recommendations from the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to form the new goals.

"The AHA has had the scientific guidelines since 2008 and people don't understand them, doctors don't adopt them", said Patrick Wayte, senior VP at the Center for Health Technology & Innovation at the American Heart Association.

Just like before, Google Fit will use the Global Positioning System and accelerometer on your device to track all of this physical activity, but it does still integrate with third-party apps and accessories if you're using other services to track things but still want to bring it back into Google Fit. "These things don't get translated very well". You can expect these changes to hit the app sometime this week. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening. Google Fit also works with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal.

Heart Points is a different measurement that focuses on the benefit you get when you push yourself. Instead it will live inside the Wear OS app, where you'll be able to see the same overview of your activity, but won't be able to log workouts without a Wear OS smartwatch.



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