Google Fit gains new features, Android Wear watchface

With the arrival of the Apple Watch and its integration with Apple’s Health app, the intersection between wearables and fitness is once again back in the public eye. And while for the moment it’s Apple that’s capitalizing most on this publicity, other players in the smartwatch game aren’t about to let this opportunity pass them by. Last fall, Google formally got the ball rolling on Google Fit, its own health and fitness hub with tight ties to wearables, and today Google shares word of some new features its own tool is receiving.

Apps like Google Fit are all about data, and beyond collecting it, they need to present it to users in a convenient interface. To that end, Google’s introducing a new Fit widget that can live on your phone’s home screen, as well as a custom Google Fit Android Wear watchface.

There’s also a new historical view for Fit data, letting you view performance as broken down by days, weeks, and months. And by entering in your gender, weight, and height, Fit will now produce reports estimating distance traveled and calories burned during your various workouts. The updated Fit app is available as of today in the Play Store, so just pull down the latest software and you’ll be ready to start trying these new features for yourself.

Source: Google

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