During Apple’s WWDC, they announced iOS 8 which included announcements of Apple’s other software features, like the HealthKit and Health apps. Now it seems that health could be the next big thing because according to a report from Forbes, it looks like Google could be planning to get into it as well with a health service called Google Fit.
According to their sources, Google is expected to show off the new feature at Google I/O which will be taking place towards the end of the month. Based on what’s been said about the service so far, it sounds similar to Apple’s HealthKit, where Google Fit will basically help to aggregate all the data from fitness trackers and health-related apps. If anything it also sounds a bit similar to Samsung’s SAMI which was announced last month.
As expected, Google Fit will help to aggregate data through open APIs that will allow apps to share information. Google is also expected to announce partnerships with wearable devices makers at Google I/O, much like what Apple did at WWDC themselves. In fact assuming that this is true, we wouldn’t be surprised if Google’s Android Wear were to contain links to this rumored service, since Android Wear is essentially Google’s attempt at creating a platform for wearable devices.
It is unclear how Google Fit will work – will it be a standalone app or will it be built into Android, like what Apple is doing with HealthKit and iOS 8. An earlier tweet by Google seemed to hint that the next build of Android would be version 5.0 so perhaps Google will have something to share with the rest of the class at Google I/O. The event will be held from the 25-26th of June so check back with us then for the details.
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