Google previews Fit software kit for health-tracking apps

The SDK will be available in a few weeks and is aimed at helping pull together data from multiple devices

Google's Fit health tracking software kit unveiled at Google I/O.

Google's Fit health tracking software kit unveiled at Google I/O.

Google is set to release an SDK aimed at making fitness-based apps more effective by pulling in data from multiple devices.

Google Fit, as the company calls the software development kit, will be available to developers in a few weeks, Google said Wednesday at its I/O developer conference.

The problem today is that many health tracking apps are siloed in their own spaces, said Ellie Powers, product manager of Google Play. Fitness-app developers who use the Google Fit set of APIs (application programming interfaces) will be able to create software that provides a broader view of fitness activity with data from various devices, including smartwatches.

Google's new smartwatches, also announced at the conference, have sensors for fitness-tracking applications.

"Fit takes away the complexity of handling multiple sources," she said, to provide "a unified view of fitness activity."

Nike, for instance, will begin allowing other apps to access data gathered through its NikeFuel platform with Google's system.

Other partners that will be using the system include Adidas, HTC, LG and Basis, Google said.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileinternetGooglemobile applicationsNikeInternet-based applications and servicesGoogle I/O

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Cate Bacon

Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?