Health Connect syncs between Fitbit, Samsung and more

Health Connect syncs between Fitbit, Samsung and more

There are dozens of fitness apps on Android to help you track your steps, goals, and exercises throughout the day. Google’s new Health Connect app promises to sync fitness data from various Android apps including Fitbit, Samsung Health and more.

In recent years, Google and Samsung have worked closely on projects related to fitness and wearables, with the latter company helping to develop Wear OS 3, which surprisingly is still exclusive to the Galaxy Watch 4. Showcasing at Google IO 2022, the two companies are collaborating again to create Health Connect, a service and companion developer API for Android designed to make your fitness data more portable.

In short, fitness apps are updated to share their data with the Health Connect app on your phone. Once stored in Health Connect, any other fitness-related app (that you give permission to) can read this data and potentially use it to get a more complete picture of your day.

For example, maybe you have a Samsung phone and want to use the Samsung Health app, but your tracker is made by Fitbit. In theory, Fitbit could soon store data from your wearable in Health Connect, and Samsung Health could then read it and save it for your day.

In addition to its own apps — Google Fit and Fitbit — Google has already announced Health Connect partnerships with a handful of other apps, including Samsung Health, Leap Fitness, MyFitnessPal, and Withings. But that’s just the beginning, as any aspiring Android developer can create an app that requests permission to read or write fitness data for Health Connect.

At launch, Health Connect is designed to cover a few key metrics about your health and well-being:

  • activities such as running, exercising or sleeping
  • body measurements such as weight and metabolic rate
  • cycle tracking for menstrual cycles and ovulation tests
  • nutrition Information like your water intake and food data (calories, sugars, etc.)
  • Sleep Details including length and type
  • vitals such as blood sugar, body temperature and blood oxygen levels

Of course, your health data is incredibly private, which is why Health Connect is designed to protect your health data. Health Connect easily shows you which apps currently have permission to read every single metric of your fitness data, and you can easily revoke access to them. In addition, your health information is protected from potential attackers because it is encrypted on your device.

Health Connect is available now in Early Access via the Google Play Store for devices running Android Pie or later. Currently, however, none of the announced partner apps appear to have been updated to connect with it. Instead, it currently seems more suited as a developer’s playground than a fitness data syncing suite, but there’s no harm in installing it early to be ready.

This article and its title have been corrected to “Samsung Health” and not “Samsung Fit”.

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