The other day we’ve told you that Google is looking to launch the Google Fit platform that would obviously compete with Apple’s recently announced HealthKit offering.
Developers will have a set of APIs to plug into the platform.The new information, provided to us by AndroidPolice, suggests that the actual name of the service will be Google Play Fitness, and – it will provide app developers with a set of APIs to plug into the platform.
The service itself will aggregate all data fitness apps are producing, organize that data, and when user demands – show it all in a nice-lookin’ format. The service will run in the background at all times, catching all relevant information along the way. Users will naturally be able to control which data they are willing to share with Google and which they would rather keep for themselves (or bound to another app).
Even without integrated apps, Google Play Fitness will have special considerations for motion recognition, determining speed and distance traveled.However, even without integrated apps – Google Play Fitness will have special considerations for motion recognition, determining speed and distance traveled, and hashing out any data conflicts between its own collection and “data points” collected from other apps.
It is expected that Google announces both the developer and device partners at the forthcoming Google I/O event in San Francisco, with Android Wear smart watches, and popular smart bands like Fitbit and Jawbone UP24 playing a big role in the overall strategy.
Google, of course, is not the only company looking to have its solution serving as a central hub for all the fitness data. The mentioned HealthKit will take that role for iPhone users, while Samsung wants to do the same with its S Health app. Microsoft too, will likely have something similar for Windows Phone users.