Google and Samsung have partnered to create Health Connect, a platform and API (utility programming interface) that provides builders a toolset to sync customers’ well being data between Android apps and gadgets. This ought to make it easier for customers to hold monitor of their well being and fitness data throughout a number of completely different platforms.
Once a person opts in, builders can compile their well being data in an encrypted hub that’s situated on a person’s gadget. Google says customers will get full management over what sort of data they share and what apps they share it with. If multiple app is gathering the identical kind of data, resembling steps taken, customers can select to share that data with one app over the others. Health Connect helps over 50 data sorts in quite a lot of classes, together with exercise, physique measurement, cycle monitoring, vitamin, sleep, and vitals.
“We’re working alongside Google and other partners to realize the full benefits and potential of Health Connect,” TaeJong Jay Yang, Samsung’s govt vice chairman, stated in a press release. “I’m excited to confirm that Samsung Health will also adopt Health Connect later this year. With users’ permission, this will enable app developers to take advantage of accurate and optimized data measured on Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use it in their apps as well.”
Health Connect is at present in an open beta accessible to all Android builders. In addition to Samsung, Google can be working with the builders of MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings in an early entry program. Google Fit and the Google-owned Fitbit are set to undertake Health Connect as effectively, which implies the tech must be obtainable in time for the Pixel Watch’s release later this year.
As my colleague Jon Porter points out, Google has gotten the place it is due to its open strategy to its merchandise, and the Health Connect API is simply one other instance of Google’s willingness to collaborate with different firms. Unlike Samsung and Apple, Google doesn’t have a tendency to drive (and even push) customers into its ecosystem — however with a Pixel Watch and Android Tablet on the way, Google could have to subtly begin nudging customers in the direction of its personal merchandise if it desires customers to purchase into its increasing lineup of Pixel gadgets.