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Google Fit's slick new design puts the focus on metrics that actually matter
Google is pushing a redesign for its popular fitness tracking app Google Fit. The refreshed design is focused on bringing more familiar metrics such as step tracking to the forefront. The overall look is also bolder and brighter to make information more easily viewable at a glance.
To start, the activity circle on top of the app has become smaller and your profile picture is not at the center anymore. Google has also put the focus on step tracking rather than Move Minutes at the insistence of users.
“We recognize that counting steps is a familiar activity goal and a great starting point for many of our users when on the path to getting active,” the company wrote on the support page for Google Fit. “We listened closely to our users and now both Heart Points and step count will be paired together as goals at the center of our app,” it added.
While the change makes it simpler for users to track their steps, Google notes that Move Minutes aren’t going away. You’ll still earn a Move Minute every time you take at least 30 steps in 60 seconds.
When you complete your goal for steps taken and Heart Points, you will be greeted with a new celebration animation to mark your achievement.
Besides the enhanced focus on steps and Heart Points, the app on Wear OS watches also get new Tiles. These let you to start a workout with a tap and see your daily or weekly goal progress at a glance.
The new Google Fit redesign is now rolling out to both Android and iOS platforms. Users with Wear OS devices should also start seeing the update now. However, watches that are not compatible with Android Wear 2.0 will not receive the update.