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Google Fit is Android's answer to Apple's Healthkit platform

Nike, Adidas and HTC sign up to the fitness-tracking service
Thu Jun 26 2014, 08:35

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch with Android WearGOOGLE FIT was unveiled during the firm's I/O press conference on Wednesday as Android's answer to Apple's Healthkit platform.

Much like the iOS alternative, Google Fit is a hub that collates all of a users health and fitness data, such as calorie intake and steps walked, from multiple applications and devices including the newly-announced Samsung Gear Live smartwatch. Adidas and Nike have also confirmed that they are onboard with Fit, meaning the software will work with the likes of the Fuelband.

Other confirmed partners include LG, Withings, Motorola, Noom, Runtastic, RunKeeper, Polar and HTC, yet another hint that the Taiwanese firm is planning a smartwatch.

It will be easy for other brands to get onboard, too, with Google announcing that the Google Fit Platform Preview SDK will be available to developers "in just a few weeks," allowing apps to put together a "complete picture of the users’ fitness." However, Google has been keen to point out that the user will have complete control over what apps are able to access their data.

There's no word as to when Google Fit will be available to the masses, but it likely will debut alongside Android L in the autumn.

The announcement of Fit sees Google going head-to-head with Samsung as well as Apple, with the Korean firm having announced its wearables-focused SAMI platform earlier this year.

Google also today spilled some more details on its Android Wear operating system during its I/O keynote on Wednesday,  and announced that the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live smartwatches will be available on Google Play today priced at $199 and $229, respectively. µ

 

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