Google Fit Gets a Big UI Update With Two Health Focuses

22 August, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Google Fit has a brand new design and features that promote heart health

This morning the folks at Google revealed the new Google Fit.

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.

Google's trying to get you off the couch, by simplifying the look of its "Fit" app to measure just two things: how much you move, and how good that is for your heart. Move minutes are created to encourage you to move more and sit less.

Google Fit is the go-to app for fitness enthusiasts on the Android platform: made by Google itself, Fit gives you an overview of your daily activities and stimulates you to move more and lead a more healthy lifestyle.


The all new Google Fit is redesigned to encourage the user to be more active and get fit. The amount of Heart Points you earn is also based on the intensity of the exercise. Similar to the Apple Watch, your goal is to close your rings each day. Heart Points are earned by activities that get your heart pumping harder.

For easily identified activities like walking or biking, Google says Fit can automatically track your activity. Moderate activity such as walking the dog at a brisk pace will earn a point per minute whereas running will earn double this.

Google has redesigned its fitness app as it looks to redefine the "10,000 steps a day" exercise goal now used by many fitness trackers. 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. You can also manually choose activities such as gardening, pilates, rowing, or spinning in the app.

But potentially the best part about Google Fit is that it will also share data with other major fitness apps, including Strava, My Fitness Pal, Runkeeper, and Endomodo, while also pulling in new data from a supported Wear OS smartwatch, which could help prevent your apps from needing to fight over your wellness stats. The update will be rolling out to all devices - Android, iOS and Wear OS - this week.

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