Google Fit to Challenge Apple and Samsung in Health-Tracking Arena
Consumers will soon have yet another option when it comes to keeping track of their health and fitness data. According to unnamed insider sources cited by Forbes, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) will soon be launching its own health data collection platform called Google Fit. The service will be unveiled at Google’s upcoming I/O developer conference that kicks off on June 25. Although Google has not officially confirmed the existence of Google Fit, the I/O conference schedule lists several workshops that could conceivably cover the introduction of Google Fit, including one titled “Wearable computing with Google” and another called “Designing for wearables.”
According to Forbes’s sources, Google Fit will offer open APIs, allowing it to collect health and fitness data from various third-party wearable tech devices and health-related apps. This open connectivity will let users manage their health data from multiple different sources. It is also likely that Google Fit will mesh closely with Android Wear, the operating system specifically designed for wearable tech devices that Google announced earlier this year. As noted by Forbes, this will be Google’s second attempt to establish a health data storage platform after it shut down Google Health in 2012.
Google Fit will be the third major health-tracking platform announced in as many weeks. Samsung (SSNLF.PK) announced its own health data platform called SAMI, or the Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions, at an event in San Francisco late last month, reports VentureBeat. Like the upcoming Google Fit, Samsung’s SAMI platform aggregates health data from wearable tech devices and health-tracking apps. Alongside SAMI, Samsung also unveiled a prototype wrist-worn health-tracking device called Simband that allows users to see various health data metrics in real time.