Google is getting closer to creating a fitness empire as its Health Connect platform enters public beta.
collaboration between Google and Samsung, Health Connect debuted in May with a view, According to the developer team (Opens in a new tab), providing better insight into a person’s health via a platform that aggregates health data from multiple sources in one place. To make this easier, Google is also standardizing data sharing so that fitness apps can talk to each other more easily. In this way, third-party developers are no longer forced to create and maintain multiple API connections for their applications.
At the moment, Health Connect only works with 10 health and fitness apps (Opens in a new tab) Including Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, Peloton, Oura, and Tonal. Could you Download the demo app (Opens in a new tab) Now from the Google Play Store, but there will be no app icon on the home screen. To open it, you will have to locate Health Connect in the Settings menu of your Android phone.
When you launch the platform, you will be prompted to allow supported third-party apps to open their own fitness data on Health Connect. There are also fine controls to fine-tune what each health app shares. In our tests, we connected the Peloton app and saw that you can provide data on your heart rate, but you can’t give away information about total calories burned. You can revoke data sharing or delete everything accumulated at any time. Select features found in other apps will work together through Health Connect. For example, you can sync MyFitnessPal with Peloton and get “credit” for the latter’s workout plans.
Google states that its platform supports more than 40 different types of data, which are displayed across Six categories (Opens in a new tab): activity, body measurement, cycle tracking, nutrition, sleep, and vitals. With these, you can check how much consistent sleep you’re getting and even your BMR, based on the information you enter.
We’ve reached out to Google to see if the company can tell us when Health Connect will officially launch. So far, nothing, not even a sneaky leak, has hinted at a release date. When Health Connect is released, we believe the platform will be a game-changer. Health and fitness apps often require people to flip from one app to another, just to get a complete picture. Under Google’s colorful banner, we can see this heavy process fading away.
Considering Fitbit is one of the first 10 supported apps, we were surprised there was no support for fitness trackers or smartwatches. This is especially strange considering that Google recently launched a PixelWatch (Which is a bit unearthed Very generous in reporting how many calories people are burning). Device support may come in a future update, but nothing is official at the moment.
However, we recommend going ahead of the curve if the platform supports something like the Pixel Watch or Oura ring. Be sure to check out our list of Best fitness trackers of the year To find the right health equipment for you.