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Google to Take on Apple in Health and Fitness Tracking with 'Google Fit'

android_wear_fitnessJust weeks after Apple announced its Health app for iOS 8 and corresponding HealthKit platform for allowing developers and accessory manufacturers to tie into the system, Google will apparently be making a similar announcement at its Google I/O conference. According to Forbes, Google's new "Google Fit" service will perform a similar function to HealthKit, aggregating data from fitness trackers and apps in one place on the user's device.
Google Fit will aggregate data through open APIs, instruction sets that allow apps to share information, and will also announce partnerships with wearable device makers at its I/O conference, Forbes understands. One source with knowledge of Google’s plans said Google Fit would allow a wearable device that measures data like steps or heart rate to interface with Google’s cloud-based services, and become part of the Google Fit ecosystem.
Forbes says it is unclear whether Google Fit will be integrated into Android by default or if it will be handled through a standalone app.

Earlier this year, Google announced its Android Wear project to bring Android to wearable devices such as smart watches, with a focus on health monitoring. As a result, Forbes speculates Google Fit could serve as a hub for integrating data from a variety of Android Wear devices, as well as other products tying into the platform.

Apple's Health feature received only a few minutes of stage time at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference last week, although the company does have a feature page up on its site previewing the system. While Health will be able to tie into a variety of devices and apps as developers build in support, Apple's iWatch is expected to be a major focus for the platform. Rumored for launch later this year around the time iOS 8 is released to the public, the iWatch will reportedly feature a number of biometric sensors to help monitor health and fitness. As a result, we can expect to hear much more about Apple's Health initiative when the iWatch is ready to go.

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27 weeks ago
I'm curious to see what the EULA says about privacy and data collection. ;)
Rating: 32 Votes
27 weeks ago
Samsung: Whatever Apple can do, we can do first.

Google: Whatever Apple can do, we can do worse.

A shame neither copy the quality aspect Apple thrive on.
Rating: 26 Votes
27 weeks ago
so many purely asanine comments in this thread about google copying.

you do realize that Apple are copying too right? health based Apps, hardware and platforms have been available by competing platforms for years.

Apple AND google are late to the game.

but of course, only google is the copycat.

The more competition in the Market the better. More features, More products. More choice. Everyone is welcome.
Rating: 24 Votes
27 weeks ago
"Your current heartrate is 151. Do you need a will-writer? Click for directions."
Rating: 23 Votes
27 weeks ago
Look, my astonished and surprised face -> :rolleyes:
Rating: 22 Votes
27 weeks ago

I'm curious to see what the EULA says about privacy and data collection. ;)


"Your blood pressure is slightly elevated. You should talk to your doctor about Zaroxlyn. Click here for more information."
Rating: 20 Votes
27 weeks ago

Shameless Copycats!
Google is The New Xerox

A copy is never better than its original


By rights Google tried to create a social heath infrastructure a few years ago

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Health

This was about 1 year after the iPhone debut.

The problem here is that Google was trying to create a system where people would volunteer their health records in an effort to create a network that can be used by doctor's and medical practitioners to track your health, but it also had the feature to hook into products like the Withings wireless weight scale and BP monitor data.

BTW Withings has had a health tracking app for over 5 years connected to all their products.

http://vitrine.withings.com/us/

So who is copying who? Google is dusting off an old idea while Apple is finally jumping on board to something that is 5 - 6 years behind what other companies have already been doing.

This is Apple's modus operandi pretty much from the start. Wait and see what everyone else is doing and then create their own version of it backed by huge marketing push to make people think it is new and revolutionary.

The problem is that this works every time because Apple customers are like goldfish, they only remember technology up to their last iOS upgrade.
Rating: 18 Votes
27 weeks ago
Well if we are calling Google copy cats I seem to remember Samsungs health app came out long before apples. Not to mention apple's only exists in beta form.

Fanboyism at it's best.

Shameless Copycats!
Google is The New Xerox

A copy is never better than its original

Rating: 17 Votes
27 weeks ago
Shameless Copycats!
Google is The New Xerox

A copy is never better than its original
Rating: 16 Votes
27 weeks ago

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Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2014/06/android_wear_fitness.jpg)Just weeks after Apple announced its Health app for iOS 8 (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/02/apple-health-initiative/) and corresponding HealthKit platform for allowing developers and accessory manufacturers to tie into the system, Google will apparently be making a similar announcement at its Google I/O conference. According to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/06/12/exclusive-google-to-launch-health-service-google-fit-at-developers-conference/), Google's new "Google Fit" service will perform a similar function to HealthKit, aggregating data from fitness trackers and apps in one place on the user's device.Forbes says it is unclear whether Google Fit will be integrated into Android by default or if it will be handled through a standalone app.

Earlier this year, Google announced its Android Wear project (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/03/18/google-android-wear/) to bring Android to wearable devices such as smart watches, with a focus on health monitoring. As a result, Forbes speculates Google Fit could serve as a hub for integrating data from a variety of Android Wear devices, as well as other products tying into the platform.

Apple's Health feature received only a few minutes of stage time at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference last week, although the company does have a feature page (https://www.apple.com/ios/ios8/health/) up on its site previewing the system. While Health will be able to tie into a variety of devices and apps as developers build in support, Apple's iWatch (http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/iwatch/) is expected to be a major focus for the platform. Rumored for launch later this year around the time iOS 8 is released to the public, the iWatch will reportedly feature a number of biometric sensors to help monitor health and fitness. As a result, we can expect to hear much more about Apple's Health initiative when the iWatch is ready to go.

Article Link: Google to Take on Apple in Health and Fitness Tracking with 'Google Fit' (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/13/google-fit-health-tracking/)


People need to think about posting . Google has been working on health kit stuff probably just as long as Apple has been.
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