On Android, there are dozens of fitness apps that you can use to track your steps, goals, and exercises throughout the day. Google’s new Health Connect app promises to sync fitness data from several Android apps, including Fitbit, Samsung Health, and more.
In recent years, Google and Samsung have worked closely together on fitness and wearables projects, with the latter company contributing to the development of Wear OS 3, which is still surprisingly exclusive to the Galaxy Watch 4. At Google IO 2022, the two companies are teaming up again to create “Health Connect,” a service and companion developer API on Android designed to make your fitness data more portable.
Basically, fitness apps are updated to share their data with the Health Connect app on your phone. Once stored in Health Connect, any other fitness-related app (which you allow) can read that data and potentially use it to get a more complete picture of your day.
For example, maybe you have a Samsung phone and like to use the Samsung Health app, but your tracker is made by Fitbit. In theory, Fitbit could soon be storing data from your wearable in Health Connect, and Samsung Health could then read and save it for your day.
In addition to its own apps — Google Fit and Fitbit — Google has already announced Health Connect partnerships with a handful of other apps, including Samsung Health, Leap Fitness, MyFitnessPal and Withings. But that’s just the beginning, as any budding Android developer can create an app that asks for permission to read or write fitness data to Health Connect.
At launch, Health Connect is designed to cover a few key metrics about your health and wellness:
- Activities such as running, exercising or sleeping
- Body measurements such as weight and metabolism
- Follow cycle for menstrual cycles and ovulation tests
- Nutrition information such as your water intake and nutritional data (calories, sugar, etc.)
- sleep details including length and type
- vitals such as blood glucose, body temperature and blood oxygen level
Of course, your health data is incredibly private, which is why Health Connect is built to protect your health information. Health Connect easily shows you which apps are currently allowed to read each individual stat of your fitness data, and you can easily revoke access to any of them. In addition, your health information is protected from potential attackers because it is encrypted on your device.
Health Connect is now available in early access through the Google Play Store, for devices running Android Pie or newer. For now, however, none of the announced partner apps appear to have been updated to connect to them. Instead, it currently seems to be more of a developer’s playground than a fitness data sync suite, but it doesn’t hurt to install it early to be ready.
Corrected this article and headline to read “Samsung Health”, not “Samsung Fit”.
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