Google introduced a new version of the Google Fit application for Android smartphones and smartwatches on the platform Wear OS (Earlier Android Wear). These changes may be due to the possible appearance of Pixel Watch watches from Google itself this fall.
The “new” Google Fit focuses on “Move Minutes” and “Heart Points”, which are the new targets on which the main emphasis is placed. “Move Minutes” and “Heart Points” were developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization. Recently, Google is increasingly working with both organisations to understand the “science of physical activity.”
Google Fit helps the user to maximise physical activity and training. Move Minutes – are earned by all user actions during the day and, thus, motivated to change the way of life for the better. Heart Points is a more advanced system, according to the developers of Google in the official blog: “It makes the heart work harder.” For example, a quick stepper minute will earn only one point per minute, and more intensive exercises, such as running and kickboxing, will bring two points in the same minute.
On the recommendation of the AAS and WHO, to reduce the risk of heart disease, it is sufficient to walk every day at a rapid pace for half an hour, for five days a week. Also, it will help to strengthen sleep and improve psychological well-being.
To determine the number of Heart Points received, Google Fit analyses the data using smartphone sensors. The application also works with other fitness services, for example, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. Thus, the user will be able to earn points using any convenient service.
The update for Google Fit will begin to spread from today.