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Google Fit app released

Google Fit app released

Google has released a proprietary wellbeing app for Android phones, as it bids to take the fight to Apple's all-encompassing Health application.

Dubbed Google Fit and first seen at the company’s I/O event back in June, the app is capable of delivering detail on workouts and aggregating information from other fitness add–ons.

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The app can track walking, cycling and running itself and works across Android devices, including smartphones, tablets and Android Wear watches. You can also track your fitness goals via the web.

The big draw, however, is Google Fit’s ability to hook up with other fitness tools.

Mountain View says the likes of Runkeeper and Strava will play nice with its app from the off, allowing you to see key running and cycling data from each of those apps on one screen. Tithings and Runtastic are also in on the act.

There are obvious comparisons with Apple’s Health app, which launched on iOS earlier this year.

Like Cupertino's effort, Google Fit has its own dedicated software development kit, so that third-party developers can create apps which dovetail with its service.

Google Fit is available now for free from Google Play and works with Android handsets and tablets running version 4.0, AKA Ice Cream Sandwich, and above.



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