February 4, 2021
Google Health has announced a new wellness feature coming to its Google Fit mobile app that uses machine learning to give users heart rate and respiratory rate readings without the need for any hardware other than their smartphone's camera.
The two tools are slated to launch for all Pixel devices in the next month, and will come to additional Android devices running version 6 within the months to...
March 27, 2020
Two medical research organizations have kicked off new efforts this week that seek to use consumer-health wearables to identify or event predict the onset of disease.
The first is the DETECT (Digital Engagement & Tracking for Early Control & Treatment) Study, headed by the Scripps Research Translational Institute. It combines heart-rate, activity and sleep data collected through a range...
August 5, 2019
Sleep tracking, iOS support comes to Google Fit. Google Fit saw an update on Friday that allows the health tracking app to connect with sleep apps and services, thereby allowing users to monitor their rest within Google’s product. The tool’s iPhone app has also received a boost that brings the run, hike or biking route summaries of the Android version those pairing an iPhone with a Wear OS...
April 24, 2019
No longer bound to Android phones or Wear OS, the Google Fit app is coming as a standalone iOS download for iPhone users, according to a Google blog post published earlier today.
Since its big redesign last August, Google’s free exercise and heart health tracking platform already seemed to take a page from Apple’s own fitness offering with its fitness ring-like progress bars.
Now the app, which...
February 25, 2019
Google has been busy recently. Just in the past week it has closed down its Google Fit website, launched a new drug disposal tool and announced the first clinical use of Verily’s machine learning tool for diabetic related diseases.
Below is a look at three of the company’s digital health announcements in the last week.
Addressing the opioid crisis
It started last Wednesday when Google...
August 21, 2018
The Google Fit exercise app is getting a facelift this week with new activity and heart health tracking goals based on recommendations from leading health organizations, the tech giant announced today.
“There’s a lot of talk out there about how to stay active and healthy: ‘get your steps in,’ ‘sitting is the new smoking,’ ‘no pain, no gain.’ It can feel overwhelming,” Margaret Hollendoner, head...
March 16, 2018
Yesterday, Google announced in a blog post that Android Wear was changing its name to Wear OS, a rebranding designed to reflect the fact that one in three Android Wear users also uses an iPhone. The company hopes to make it more obvious that devices running the wearable operating system are compatible with Apple devices as well, something which has been the case since 2015.
"As our technology and...
March 28, 2017
Consistency and dedication may the hallmarks of success for fitness, but that doesn’t mean the apps to support exercise or diet need to be narrow in their focus. Operating on the idea that consumers want flexibility in how they pursue their health goals, Adidas has released a new app that offers a wide variety of content and tracking for multiple aspects of health.
All Day, which is now...
March 14, 2017
Google Fit, the company’s health and fitness platform that launched in 2014 as an Apple Health competitor, is headed in the same direction as the rest of the tracking app industry: collecting more data on users and serving it back to them as personalized insights. Head of health and fitness apps for Google Play Mary Liz McCurdy spoke on a panel at SXSW this week about that trend.
October 28, 2016
Mountain View, California-based AliveCor, which makes an FDA-cleared mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) device and companion app collectively called Kardia Mobile, has released new features that make it easier to integrate weight, activity, and blood pressure readings via Apple Health or Google Fit.
The added features built on Kardia Mobile’s existing monitoring capabilities for atrial fibrillation,...