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Aug222018

Google Fit Redesigned With New Health-tracking Rings

Google rolls out a redesigned Google Fit app for Android and the Fit section of the Wear OS app on iPhone.

Google says the new design focus on “closing rings” informed by health recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to get users the amount and intensity needed to improve their health.

Every day, users will be encouraged to complete two activity goals to improve their health: one is “move minutes” and then another a new thing called “heart points.”

Those metrics are an attempt to “abstract away the complication” of fitness tracking, says Margaret Hollendoner, senior product manager for Google Fit.

“Move Minutes” metric encourages to “move more and sit less” can capture different activities throughout the day, like taking stairs etc.

“Heart points” is designed to encourage people to engage in activities that will get their heart pumping harder (heart rate up). Even a moderate activity each minute, like “picking up the pace while walking” will help to score one point, Google says. While more intense activities like running or kickboxing will double these points.

Here is a GiF animation showing Google Fit on Android and on Wear OS by Google:

Redesigned Google Fit on Android and Wear OS by Google with New heart point and move points

Google claims it worked with the AHA and WHO to set up Fit so that it can help users track their progress toward achieving the physical activity guidelines the groups recommend.

“It takes just 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week to reach the AHA and WHO’s recommended amount of physical activity,” wrote Google. This is shown to “reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep, and increase overall mental well-being.”

With both metrics, Google Fit will attempt to use sensors on the phone or watch, like accelerometer and GPS to detect activities, such as walking, running or biking, and estimate number of Heart Points..

Google says, for the different type of workout, users can choose other activities, like gardening, Pilates, rowing or spinning, and the rest is done by the Fit to calculate Heart Points and Move Minutes achieved.

Beyond the new metrics, the Fit app has been cleaned up, modernized as well as simplified.

And, since it now integrates with other fitness apps, like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal, “you will now get credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point earned.”

Users will get tips to help adjust their goals over time based on their activity. A journal tab will show activities, achievements and goal progress across all the apps. A floating “plus” button allows users to set up custom exercise routines.

These changes will appear on Google Fit on Android, or Wear OS by Google watch beginning this week.

You can learn more about Google Fit at google.com/fit.

 

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