Monday , August 21 2017

Google Fit update finally brings more activities

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Google has finally released an update to the Google Fit app, which adds a lot more functionality for those people who keep fit by doing more than just walking, cycling or running.

The update to Google Fit, which is available in Google Play right now, has a number of updates including a new experimental mode which detects steps when your watch is disconnected from the phone. There’s also the usual improvements and bug fixes, but it’s the new activities that interest at least those of us who lift, or exercise in other ways.

Since launch, one of our biggest criticisms has been the lack of activities, but that’s now at an end, with Google adding over 100 new activites. The original activites: Walking, Running and Biking are still present – and are the only activites lucky enough to have specially coloured tags in activites – but the new activites include :

Aerobics
Australian football
Backcountry skiing
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Beach volleyball
Biathlon
Boxing
Calisthenics
Circuit training
Cricket
Cross-country skiing
Cross skating
Curling
Dancing
Diving
Downhill skiing
Elliptical
Ergometer
Fencing
Fitness walking
Football
Frisbee
Gardening
Golf
Gymnastics
Handball
Handcycling
Hiking
Hockey
Horseback riding
Housework
Ice skating
Indoor skating
Indoor volleyball
Inline skating
Jogging
Jumping rope
Kayaking
Kettlebell
Kickboxing
Kite skiing
Kitesurfing
Martial arts
Meditating
Mixed martial arts
Mountain biking
Nordic walking
Open water swimming
Other
P90x
Paddle boarding
Paragliding
Pilates
Polo
Skateboarding
Skating
Skiing
Sledding
Snowboarding
Snowmobiling
Snowshoeing
Soccer
Spinning
Squash
Stair climbing
Stair climbing machine
Stationary biking
Strength training
Surfing
Swimming
Table tennis
Team sport
Tennis
Treadmill
Treadmill running
Treadmill walking
Utility biking
Volleyball
Wakeboarding
Water polo
Weight lifting
Wheelchair
Windsurfing
Yoga
Zumba

The Play Store changelog for the update to Google Fit version 1.51.07-000 includes :

• Support for manual entry of over 100 new activities!
• Android Wear
• New, experimental step detection for walking when the watch is disconnected from the phone
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

We do hope that the fact that Google included ‘Australian football’ in the activites list that they are aware of the sport and are possibly going to include results in Google Now eventually ;). If you’re digging Google Fit, then you’ll probably be pretty pleased with this update, but we can’t wait to see what else is going to be included. Me? I can’t wait till my Withings scale gains support for Google Fit.

Head on over to Google Play to get the update now.

Google Fit - Fitness Tracking
Google Fit - Fitness Tracking
 
Source: Google Play.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

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archit jha
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archit jha

are there any fitness bands (non smart-watches) that can integrate with google fit yet?

Grant
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Grant

Nope. Not yet.

archit jha
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archit jha

thanks! did try searching & failing, explains why now :p

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