Hot on the heels of Apple’s Healthkit announcement at WWDC 14, Google have launched Google Fit, a platform designed to integrate all your health and fitness information from apps into one place. Sound familiar? That’s because it probably is.
Taking to the stage at the Google I/O keynote in San Francisco, Ellie Powers, product manager for Google Play said that Google Fit would ‘…help users keep better track of their fitness goals…’ and that the platform would give a complete picture of the user’s fitness blending data from multiple apps and devices.
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However, the striking difference between Health and Google Fit is that Health, on first appearances, seems to be offering much more than Google in terms of patient/doctor compatability/information. While Google focuses solely on the fitness element for the user, Apple also hint that in the future that your vitals will be sent to your doctor and, if need be, prompt a call from a health care professional. While this might not have that big an appeal to the younger market, older generations or those with long term conditions can certainly benefit.
But what Google have also announced is that Google Fit will also take in data from Adidas hardware (plus others) and its partnership with Nike, which will certainly help to propel its use of Google Fit with the already large audience both brands have.
On top of all this, while dedicated followers of Apple have to wait until autumn (possibly longer) for the iWatch, Google announced that their smart watches (powered by Android Wear) were available for order immediately (shipped to customers by early July). With both Samsung and LG entering the fray with two types of smart watches available, it is only the Samsung Gear Live that will be able to monitor speed, location, direction and heart rate, where the LG G Watch can’t monitor heart rate (for the extra £10 we wonder why they didn’t bother with tech for it), effectively knocking it out of the fitness monitoring game. Both are designed with square watch faces but if you don’t want to break tradition and prefer a round watch face you will have to wait until the end of summer for the Moto 360; details are still pretty vague as to what they will offer.
There’s lots more to look out for from both Google and Apple in the coming months, hold onto your hats!