Google unveils new fitness app

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The Google Fit fitness app

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Google has launched a new fitness app for Android phones that allows users to keep track of their activity levels and monitor their fitness goals.

Simply called Google Fit, the app offers an Android alternative to the comparable Apple HealthKit, which comes pre-installed on iOS 8 devices.

Google Fit users can utilise built-in Android sensors to automatically detect how many steps they have taken in a day. Exercises, such as cycling and running, can also be tracked and logged.

“It’s a great tool to discover how active you are and check in on your progress as you work on your fitness goals,” wrote Sabrina Ellis, Android’s director of product management, in a blog post.

“In fact, you can check in just about anywhere, including your phone, the web, tablet and Android Wear devices.”

“Just keep your Android phone with you and we’ll make sure your activity counts – whether you’re cycling up steep hills, going for a morning jog or walking the dog.”

Google Fit also connects to other standalone fitness devices and apps, such as Strava, Withings, Runtastic, RunKeeper and Noom Coach, to allow a one-stop dashboard for all things fitness-related.

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