Google announced it back at Google I/O 2014 in June, and built in support for it into Android 5.0 Lollipop in August, but it's now finally here, it being Google Fit. The app just hit Google Play, bringing a fairly basic activity tracker to your Android phone. Google Fit tracks walking, running, and cycling activity, either on your phone or from an Android Wear device.
Here's a quick run-down of what Google Fit can do:
Reach your fitness goals
- Set goals based on either duration or steps and see your progress throughout the day.
- Receive performance-based recommendations for activity goals.
A comprehensive view of your fitness - Connect third party devices and apps to Fit and we'll show you all of your fitness data in one place.
Available everywhere - Compatible with all Android Wear devices. - Also access Google Fit on the web at www.google.com/fit and on your tablet.
It's worth noting that installing Google Fit will wipe any activity tracking on your Android Wear smartwatch, so you'll be starting over in the process. I swear I've put more than 3 steps on my feet today.
Google Fit itself is rather bare bones as far as fitness trackers are concerned. What's more important, is how Google Fit will work as a platform for developers to build better fitness-tracking apps and accessories for Android devices.
Google Fit is available now for free from Google Play, and you'll need a device running Android 4.0 or higher to play at this party. And, you might want to actually do some running too.