June 18, 2024

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Health Connect could get us closer to universal health and fitness tracking

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What you need to know

  • Health Connect is a new initiative from Google and Samsung announced during I/O 2022. 
  • The goal is to make it easier for health and fitness metrics to be shared between devices. 
  • Google has confirmed it is already working with several popular fitness app developers and services.

One of the biggest gripes when it comes to using the best fitness trackers and smartwatches is that you can’t always sync your data between different services. Arguably the most egregious offender of this is the inability to seamlessly sync your workouts and other health data between the Fitbit app and Google Fit. However, a new platform was announced during Google I/O 2022 that could help change that in the very near future. 

According to Google, Health Connect is not only a new platform, but it is also an API for app developers to target. This allows developers to “securely access and share health and fitness data across Android devices.” Google developed this in collaboration with Samsung, which comes as little surprise given how closely the two companies have been working together on the Wear OS platform. 

Health Connect platform

(Image credit: Google)

In the accompanying blog post, Google has confirmed that it is already working with the likes of MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings. But the part that we’re excited about is the adoption of Health Connect by Samsung Fit, Fitbit, and Google Health. These APIs are already available for developers to access through Android Jetpack. 


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