To improve its official Android health and fitness app, Google has redesigned Fit from the ground up. Which is why the new Google Fit is built around two pretty simple activity goals the update bases on recommendations it got from the AHA and WHO about how people can improve their health - those goals are called Move Minutes and Heart Points.
Google Fit has been in dire need of a major update for quite a while now, and less than two months before Google's expected fall hardware event where we're anticipating the company's first Pixel Watch, our prayers have been answered.
Move Minutes is a stat that tracks how often you walk around, with the goal of encouraging people to move more and sit less. Speaking of those goals - there's a visible component to meeting them that includes closing activity-tracking rings, as users of Apple Watch are already familiar with.
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There are a plethora of fitness apps on the Play Store, and Google's in-house solution Google Fit hasn't caught on like that. For each minute of moderate activity (like jogging), you'll get one 'Heart Point.' The points are doubled for more intense activities, like running or kickboxing.
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 goal is to hit an amount of activity equivalent to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week, in line with AHA and World Health Organization recommendations. This will be easier to track if you have a smartwatch with a heart rate sensor, but if you don't Google will use a combination of accelerometer and (if available) Global Positioning System data to predict the intensity of your movements. The app has also been upgraded with data on more than 120 other activities. Google Fit also works with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal.
The new Google Fit is rolling out "beginning this week" on Android and Wear OS. iOS users with a Wear OS smartwatch will be able to track their Google Fit progress through the Wear OS app.