Android Wear devices, such as the Moto 360 or Samsung Gear Live smart watches, connect to your phone and also provide additional health tracking sensors and quick notifications. Google this week launched Google Fit, an application to store all your health fitness tracking data in one place. The launch comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement of the soon-to-be released Apple Watch and the beginning to rollout Apple HealthKit.
Wearable fitness trackers often fall short by not being able to to distinguish between activities such as Cycling and Running. Smartphones have additional sensors and after two days of testing, Google Fit does a spot on job of recognizing different physical activity logging. My morning bike commute was accurately logged with Google Fit whereas my wearables, a Fitbit Flex and Misfit Shine, only recorded general activity points or steps.
It is not yet known Google’s data sharing partners or if there are plans to bring back the formerly cancelled Google Health. The Upload Database option does not seem to enable manually uploading fitness data such as exports from Fitbit or Misfit. Look for a future update guide from MobileFOMO on how to import your fitness data, such as from Fitbit to Google Fit, using an IFTTT recipe by uploading data from Google Drive. Out of continuity, I also tried connecting my Google Account to Fitbit by relogging in with my Google+ ID seeing if it would also add extended sharing permissions. This was not yet the case.
Using smartphone only health tracking requires taking your phone everywhere for every step. While this is mostly true that my phone is at the same location I am, it’s not always in pocket as I’ll often leave my phone at my desk as I head to the watercolor or walk around the office. Google Fit is a good step in the right direction adding continuity between iOS 8 and a coherent Android platform.