With Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and a mass of app updates rolling out this week, Google is also pushing out a new version of Google Fit. The update includes 100 new activities, bug fixes and a few extras for the Android Wear users in the crowd.
Google Fit is a fitness tracking utility that Google has built to run, primarily, from the built-in sensors in your Android device. No need for a fancy armband. Google Fit is free in the Google Play Store, and the update is rolling out to users as we speak.
The update to Google Fit brings 100 new activities to the app. While Google has tweaked their algorithms to better measure your steps, currently able to register walking, running and cycling, these 100 new activities will require you to manually enter the activity.
The new activities should not leave many in a lurch, there is a large grouping of winter sports and activities included, such as skiing, skating and even biathlon, plus your normal stuff like volleyball, circuit training, boxing, cricket, dancing and kite surfing.
Perhaps the most exciting upgrade to the Google Fit app is the new Android Wear support. Google is still calling things experimental here, but your smartwatch should now be able to measure your step count even when not connected to your phone. Your watch will remember your activity and sync it up to your phone and Fit history the next time you connect. This is great news for those that have a monstrous new phone that just doesn’t lend itself to going for a run or swim.
The update to Google Fit should land on your device soon, or hit up the Google Play Store for your fresh copy.
Have you been keeping track of your Google Fit data – how accurate would you say it has been?