Google Fit to collect your fitness data

Google is gearing up to launch a health data aggregator at its annual I/O developer conference.

Google Fit to collect your fitness data

According to Forbes, the service is called Google Fit and will be unveiled on 25 June.

Google Fit will aggregate data from “popular fitness trackers and health-related apps” using open APIs, Forbes claims.

If true, this would make it a direct competitor of Apple’s HealthKit – the framework that underpins its iOS 8 Health app.

One immediately noticeable difference between Google Fit and HealthKit, however, is apparently a deep focus on wearables.

At WWDC, Apple announced partnerships with the Mayo Clinic and Nike, which recently scrapped its Nike+ FuelBand wearable hardware division.

Google, on the other hand, will apparently be revealing partnerships with a number of wearable device makers – a claim that’s bolstered by the fact there are two sessions on wearable computing on the first day of I/O.

One obvious candidate for a partnership of this kind would have been Samsung, with its Galaxy Gear range of smartwatches – particularly the Gear Fit.

However, with the manufacturer moving away from Android to the Linux-based Tizen operating system, this is no longer such a sure bet.

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