Google today updated Google Fit with new features: an Android widget, an Android Wear watch face, and new tracking estimations for distance traveled and calories burned. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.
Google Fit can now keep track of your progress, but you’ll have to give it some information to work with first. Update your profile to include gender, height, and weight. The app will use those to give you an estimate on how far you’ve gone and how many calories you’ve shed during the day as well as during your workouts:
Better yet, Google Fit now keeps track of this data so you can look back on your fitness history. You can check out your activities grouped by days, weeks (shown below on the left), and months (below on the right) to get an idea of how what you do affects your fitness over time.
As you can see, looking over your fitness history can be particularly useful on a device with a larger screen. The hope is that all this historical data will result in users getting healthier, and in turn using Google Fit even more.
As for the Android widget and Android Wear watch face, here is what they look like:
Again, Google’s goal is rather straightforward: “Now with a quick glance at your phone or watch, you’ll be able to see how close you are to your goal and stay motivated.”
With Google I/O 2015 scheduled for later this month, we expect there may be even more Google Fit news in the pipeline, though clearly Google didn’t want to wait with this update. Still, the growing interest around wearables warrants something for developers to chew on — maybe they’ll get access to all this data?