New Google Fit App Displays Fitness Data From Wearables, Offers Android Competition Versus iPhone's Apple Health App

By Connor Sears , Updated Oct 29, 2014 04:21 PM EDT

Yesterday, Google launched a Google Fit app for Android phones that lets Android users keep all of their fitness data from Android Wear watches and other third-party sources in one easy location.

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The app looks to offer the same kind of service that Apple Health does for iPhone owners, taking information from other sources, or from the phone itself, and displaying it all together with easy-to-read graphs and charts. The app is designed to work closely with Android Wear devices like the LG G Watch or the Moto 360, which all come with Google Fit installed. Unfortunately, installing this app will erase any previously gathered data from you Android Wear watch, CNET reported. Still, many will doubtless consider a fresh start something of a godsend when it comes to fitness.

Google Fit seems primarily interested specifically with exercise, as opposed to offering nutrition and sleep data like other fitness programs do. With Google Fit, your Android phone will track how far you walk, bike or run each day and present it to you in whatever graph- or chart-related format you prefer. You can also set fitness goals through the app, like if you slowly want to make running a more prominent part of your daily exercising.

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Google Fit is available as a free download off Google Play. To run the app, you'll need an Android device running at least Android 4.0.

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