Google and Samsung create a one-stop fitness app sync platform, Now various services for health and sports will be able to use each other’s data.
Google and Samsung have teamed up to create Health Connect, a platform and API that will provide developers with a set of tools to sync user health data across various Android apps and fitness devices.
This single hub should make it easier to keep track of information about physical activity and body condition from various sources.
As soon as the user consents to the processing of data, developers will be able to collect statistics in encrypted form on his device. This applies to steps taken, heart rate, calories burned, and so on. The user will be able to choose what information to share and with which applications.
Health Connect already supports more than 50 types of data in various categories, ranging from activity tracking and body characteristics to monitoring sleep cycles and diet.
Samsung Executive Vice President Taejong Jay Yang noted that Samsung Health will also switch to Health Connect later this year. With the permission of users, developers will be able to use accurate and optimized data obtained from the Galaxy Watch in their applications.
Health Connect fits in with Google’s wider efforts to help billions of people be healthier, using our platforms and technology to connect and bring more meaning to health information, is currently in open beta available to all Android developers. In addition to Samsung, Google is also working with MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings as part of its early access program. Google Fit and Google-owned Fitbit are also set to roll out to Health Connect, meaning the technology should be available for the release of the Pixel Watch later this year.
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