If you haven’t been paying attention lately, the mobile market has taken a turn: smartphones and tablets were once the only devices available, but these are slowly yielding a new path to smart fitness bands and smartwatches. With new gadgets comes the question, “what are we using these devices for? Are they relevant to everyday life?” If you’re not a tech enthusiast who enjoys the technology for its own sake, you want to know how you can incorporate these devices into everyday life.
Google, along these lines, has already announced its Android Wear platform that will entertain smartwatches such as the Moto 360, LG G Watch, and possibly a Samsung smartwatch (called the Galaxy Wear, as a working name). At the same time, however, it’s always the case that smartwatches don’t do enough to help with the uber health-conscious consumers who want mobile wrist wearables for the sole purpose of health record and activity. Don’t worry: Google’s got its own solution.
Called Google Fit, sources say that the search engine giant will reveal the new health platform at its annual Google I/O Conference that’s set to happen within the next 10 days. Google Fit, similar to Apple’s Health/HealthKit and Samsung’s “S.A.M.I” platforms, will record, track, and analyze your workout activities, health data, and so on. We don’t yet know exactly what types of information Google will record, or whether Google Fit will become an app on the Android ecosystem or a part of the software settings, etc., as these details will be sealed tightly until the big announcement.
It was rumored some months ago that Google would emerge with its own smartwatch, but the rumored watch that was seen in patents was nothing more than Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch. LG announced its own G Watch at the company’s latest LG G3 announcement, but we’ve only seen pictures and the G Watch appear in a few videos. Japanese manufacturer Sony has decided not to entertain the Android Wear platform, instead focusing on its own Sony Smartwatch line. One M8 manufacturer HTC has said that it, too, will emerge with a smartwatch, but few details are known. HTC said at its One M8 announcement that it would pair up with FitBit to offer a health-tracking experience for those who own a FitBit Force fitness band and buy an HTC One M8, but FitBit has struggled within the last few months with its fitness bands. Some customers have said that the fitness band gives users skin rashes, and FitBit had to recall its fitness bands for some time due to skin issues.
Apple has already jumped into the health market with Health and Healthkit. Both apps allow you to view your own health information, everything from blood pressure to blood sugar levels, weight, calories burned, sleep activity, and so on. Healthkit will provide a way for you to share your medical information with doctors and hospitals so that, in case of an emergency, doctors can contact you immediately. Apple’s currently in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Yale New Haven Health, Mount Sinai, Penn Medicine, UCLA Health, and sixteen other medical institutions to see to it that these new health apps serve to aid those who have ongoing medical conditions.
With companies like Google, Apple, and Samsung devoting new efforts to wearables, one wonders what this’ll do for the success of companies such as Pebble and Omate that are outside of the smartphone and tablet markets that’re developing watches for users. In the end, consumers will opt for well-known tech giants that’re already developing mobile devices, as they’re more likely to integrate numerous devices in a more developed manner. We here at Inferse will be back to bring you more coverage of Google’s new Google Fit program as more information arrives.