Health Connect, Samsung and Google’s new Android API for activity tracking

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We all know the saying, “A healthy body leads to a healthy mind”. And today, we have various devices and apps that help us in our fight to stay fit — smart watchesconnected bracelets and even connected rings that constantly follow us and record our data.

If you’re part of the Apple ecosystem, just open the Health app on your iPhone to find out where you are on your fitness journey. But if you’re on Android, you have so many apps and devices to choose from that at some point it might become difficult to see all your data in one place.

As part of a new joint venture between Google and Samsung, the tech giants announced at this year’s Google I/O Health Connect, a new Android platform and API that will allow users to share and sync their health data across all devices and health tracking apps.

With Health Connect, information between apps like Samsung Health, Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings will be collected, combined, and then synced, so there should be no discrepancies in their readings. This also applies to your devices. You’ll see the same metrics like your activity, sleep, food, body measurements, and vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure on your smartphone, watch, and tablet, regardless of manufacturer.

Also, when you receive the same type of data from multiple apps (e.g. steps), you can choose which app you want to prioritize. The Health Connect API should also help establish centralized privacy controls for Android clients. “We appreciate Samsung’s collaboration as we deploy Health Connect to foster richer app experiences while providing centralized privacy controls for users.“, shared Google on its blog.

Data encrypted and stored on the device

According to Google, fitness information will be encrypted and stored securely on your device. You’ll have full control over your data, including which apps access it and when. You can also erase unwanted data from your device.

The only downside to today’s announcement is that it is not yet available to users. Health Connect beta is now available to developers, who can start integrating it into their health tracking apps. We’ll have to wait for the platform to be integrated into the various apps, but hopefully Health Connect will debut when the Pixel Watch becomes available. But more importantly, we hope it will just sync data to Google Fit from other health and fitness tracking apps.

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