Google Fit update: support for strength training, sleep tracking added to app

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On Thursday, Nov. 19, Google announced an update to its Google Fit app. The updated health-tracking software will now record speed, elevation, route, pace, and more, providing app users real-time stats as they walk, jog, run, and ride their bikes. These new features improve Google Fit’s current ability to track steps, active minutes, distance, and calories burned throughout the user’s day.

Users who want to add push-ups to their daily routine and who own an Android Wear smartwatch will now be able to use the Fit app to track strength training. The updated app can automatically detect and count activities such as sit-ups, push-ups, and squats and instantly add them to the user’s daily workout stats, allowing the user to get credit for each count. This function is similar to features from third-party apps like the Wear Fitness Personal Trainer and the Runtastic Push Ups PRO.

With the latest update, Google Fit can now also pair up with and provide users information from their favorite third-party sleep and nutrition apps. Users can monitor the progress of their diet plan with weight loss and nutrition apps such as Fatsecret, MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, and Lifesum. They can track their sleep patterns and train themselves to sleep better with the Sleep as Android app. In addition, Google Fit now has sleep tracking support for use with sleep trackers such as the Xiaomi Mi Band and Mi Band 1S, the Basis Peak, and the Sony Smartband 2. As yet, there is no word from Google on when and if the app will include support for fitness devices such as the Fitbit, the Garmin, and the Jawbone.

According to Google, the new integrations will be rolled out in the coming days. The company said that the updated app will provide Android users better insights into their overall fitness and enable them to make better choices.