Google announced its Fit App was getting a redesign some time ago with Apple like health-tracking rings. And Google’s new wearable is said to come with GPS, LTE, and VoLTE. It will have comprehensive fitness tracking and coaching abilities. The device is also rocking the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 from Qualcomm.
But let us get back to what we think we know about the new app. In recent years there has been debate on whether the number of steps you take is the best gauge of your physical activity. As such, Google collaborated with the World Health Organisation and the American Heart Association to introduce a couple of new activity goals in its redesigned app. Only available on Android and Wear OS they are called Move Minutes and Heart Points.
Now Google has stated that these new features aim to allow a more simplified approach to leading a healthy and balanced life. The app is aimed at running and walking more than any other activity. So the latest iteration of the app still won’t capture your cycling and swimming metrics like a dedicated multisports watch.
Move Minutes counts the amount of time you spend doing physical activity vs. the time you spend being stationary. The app now rewards you for small acts like taking the stairs or walking away from your desk.
With Heart Points, you’ll receive credits for making your heart pump harder. This could be anything from increasing the pace when walking your dog, to double-the points if you opt for more intense activities like going for a run or kickboxing.
Google Fit will automatically detect if you are walking, running or biking using the phone or watch accelerometer and GPS to estimate the number of heart points you’ve earned. Now, if you are into a different activities Google Fit allows you to choose gardening, pilates, rowing or spinning, and the app will calculate the Heart Points and Move Minutes achieved during your activity. Google Fit also works with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal, so you get credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point you earn.