Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Google Fit reboot revealed, update now

Google Fit reboot revealed, update now

Google is revamping its fitness platform ahead of a potential smartwatch push this fall.

Google Fit now includes features called Heart Points and Move Minutes.

Starting this week, a brand-new Google Fit will begin rolling out to users everywhere on Android, iOS, and Wear OS. Similiar to other fitness tracking apps, Move Minutes and Heart Points are tracked via progress circles that turn into octagons once you achieve your goal.

The new Google Fit program works with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to give the whole system a kick in the trousers.

Google Fit is not a new feature in itself, but the company behind the health and fitness platform has chose to give it a pretty big update that also brings new features. But as Apple builds out its own fitness features with an upcoming Watch OS update, keeping pace won't be easy.

Heart Points meanwhile focus on the activities that are actually getting your heart pumping, so you'll only earn these for more moderate exercise.

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"The AHA has had the scientific guidelines since 2008 and people don't understand them, doctors don't adopt them", said Patrick Wayte, senior VP at the Center for Health Technology & Innovation at the American Heart Association.

The app has had a redesign to follow Google's Material Design style, and the way it records your daily health data has changed too.

In addition, Google Fit will also automatically detect other activities like walking, running or biking. Or if you do more intense workouts like playing basketball or kickboxing, you'll earn double points. You can also manually choose activities such as gardening, pilates, rowing, or spinning in the app.

The new app will encourage users to move more regularly and increase their heart rate by doing physical activity in order to meet the World Health Organization and AHA recommended amount of exercise.

The new app will behave a little differently on iPhone, which doesn't have a standalone Fit app. We're still not sure on every app that will connect to it, but we know it works with Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal.

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