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Google Fit SDK released if you want to build a better fitness app

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Google Fit SDK released if you want to build a better fitness app
Just before Google I/O, it was rumored that Google would be creating something to compete with Apple's Healthkit, but that's not quite what Google announced. Whereas Healthkit allows apps and devices to feed data into it, and can contact your doctors if something isn't quite right, Google Fit is just the set of APIs without the companion app. At least, there's no companion app directly from Google. But, as of today, there is a Google Fit SDK, so someone else can build a Healthkit competitor. 

Also, unlike Healthkit, Google Fit isn't solely focused on the data that can be gathered by wearables (although that is a big part of it). Google is also allowing for connectivity with other devices like connected scales. It also means that any developer that you allow access can get your health history, which could lead to a number of really cool apps with various focuses - better apps for exercise, sleep tracking, weight tracking, etc. 

The Google Fit SDK that was released today contains three APIs - the Sensors API for gathering data from devices, the Recording API for cloud synced collection of that data, and the History API for accessing and manipulating that stored data. Not all planned APIs are included in this SDK, the REST API and the Android Wear API have been left out and won't be added until the official release. 

In the meantime, if you want to build an app using the Google Fit SDK, you'll also need to update the Android L preview image on your Nexus 5 or 7 in order to test out the features. 

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posted on 07 Aug 2014, 17:05

1. Finalflash (Posts: 1821; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Eh, not really my thing but I guess it can't hurt to have this fitness stuff.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 17:11 1

3. duartix (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


Can't hurt? What if... you need to get some health insurance and your insurance company give a 30% penalty because Google showed them you have a sedentary behavior?
Still think it can't hurt?
Can't you see where this is heading? :O

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 19:59

4. NexusPhan (Posts: 513; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Watch out for those chemtrails too. Those will get you good. And whatever other paranoid theories that are out there you may have.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 22:32 1

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3383; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Maybe you have been asleep a long time in cave. I would suggest that you Google "Snowden" and see what you find. All those "paranoid theories" about government/industry data collection, Google included, were shown to be 100% correct. And then if you just search the normal news, you will find things like this:

Google Inc. (GOOG) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said new technologies that help companies analyze vast amounts of digital information have the power to bring change to the insurance, health-care and energy industries.

“Insurance is the most obvious” industry “about to explode” with uses for big data, said Schmidt, who spoke today at The Year Ahead: 2014, a conference in Chicago hosted by Bloomberg LP. Better cost controls and more efficient delivery of services are two ways data can transform industries, he said.

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posted on 07 Aug 2014, 17:08 1

2. duartix (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


NO, NO and NO!!!
Google can bloat Android with whatever services they want but they are not getting access to my health data. What limits are there to what they will do with it?
Who garantees that they aren't going to sell it to health insurance companies?
I'm telling you, the day that Endomondo or Runkeeper starts using this API, is the day that I uninstall it.

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