Google and Samsung have been associated with creating Health Connect, a platform and API (application programming interface) that provides developers a toolset to sync users’ health data between Android apps and devices.
It should make it more comfortable for users to keep track of their health and fitness data across several outlets.
Once a user opts in, developers can assemble their health data in an encrypted hub placed on a user’s device. In addition, Google says users will get complete control over what kind of data they share and what apps they share.
For instance, if more than one app gathers the same data type, such as steps taken, users can decide to share that fitness data with one app over the others. Health Connect sustains over 50 data types in several categories, including cycle tracking, nutrition, activity, body measurement, sleep, and vitals.
“We’re working alongside Google and other partners to realize the full advantages and potential of Health Connect,” TaeJong Jay Yang, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press release. “I’m excited to confirm that Samsung Health will also adopt Health Connect later this year. With users’ permission, this will enable app developers to take advantage of accurate and optimized data measured on Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use fitness data in their apps.”
Health Connect is presently in an open beta convenient to all Android developers. In addition to Samsung, Google performs with MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings developers in an early access program. Additionally, Google Fit and the Google-owned Fitbit are set to adopt Health Connect, which means the tech should be available for the Pixel Watch’s release later this year.
As my colleague Jon Porter suggests, Google has gotten where it is because of its open approach to its products. The Health Connect API is another example of Google’s readiness to collaborate with other companies.
Unlike Samsung and Apple, Google doesn’t overlook to force (or even push) users into its ecosystem — but with a Pixel Watch and Android Tablet on the way. Google may have to subtly begin encouraging users towards its products if it desires users to buy into its expanding lineup of Pixel gadgets.