Report: "Google Fit" Launch Planned for I/O Because of Course it Is

By Eric Limer on at

Google I/O is just around the corner, and according to a report from Forbes it will bring a new Google service called "Google Fit." This is after Samsung has announced its nebulous SAMI concept, and Apple its HealthKit. It only makes sense Google is working on its own.

Nt only does it make sense for Google to be working on a fitness service of some sort just because that's what everybody is doing. Google has already been carefully dipping its toe in the water by integrating a rudimentary pedometer function into Google Now that offers a "miles walked" card at the end of the month.

And that's to say nothing of the impending release of Google's Android Wear smartwatch platform. So far the upcoming Android Wear devices have shown no signs of any fitness tracking capabilities, but at this stage in the wearable game the lack of any sort of health features feels like a deficiency. It makes perfect sense that Android Wear would also creep into fitness tracker and fitness-tracking-smartwatch territory.

It's unclear what Google Fit would be if it does in fact exist. It could be a standalone app, or an API built into Android going forward. Whatever it is, though, you can bet that it would have strong Google Now hooks, as well as some sort of attachment to Android Wear. This is just an unverified report though, so who knows for sure if this is even real, but I wouldn't be surprised; it just makes too much sense. [Forbes]