Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Google announces the redesigned Google Fit experience

Google announces the redesigned Google Fit experience

What do you think of the new Google Fit? Well, two new focuses.

Google have centred the new Google Fit around two main goals (based on recommendations from the AHA and the WHO), Move Minutes and Heart Points. Heart Points tracks how often you raise your heart rate and then awards you points-one minute of moderate excessive is worth one point, while more intense activities like swimming or boxing will yield double the points. Similar to Apple's "Move" feature, Google's Move Minutes will nudge you to make smaller adjustments to your day to hit your goal.

Just like before, Google Fit will use the Global Positioning System and accelerometer on your device to track all of this physical activity, but it does still integrate with third-party apps and accessories if you're using other services to track things but still want to bring it back into Google Fit. I'd imagine there is even more baked in, but this is all Google has shared in a blog post. When you're walking, running or biking throughout the day, Google Fit will automatically detect these activities using your phone or watch sensors-like the accelerometer and GPS-to estimate the number of Heart Points you earn. Google Fit also integrates with your favorite apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal to give you credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point you earn.

This new experience will be rolled out to users around the world starting this week.

Google adds Gmail Confidential Mode to Android
You will see an option to remove access , just tap on that, and the recipient will no longer be able to access the file. Lastly, the confidential mode also allows the users to secure the attachments of their mail by a passcode.

Google has worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and American Heart Association (AHA) to create its new metrics.

All this physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep and improve mental well-being. One reason for this, said Hollendoner, is that a large set of users have found the flexibility of Fit overwhelming, while the widely-embraced 10,000 step target was too daunting.

"The AHA has had the scientific guidelines since 2008 and people don't understand them, doctors don't adopt them", said Patrick Wayte, senior VP at the Center for Health Technology & Innovation at the American Heart Association.

Both Apple and Google are also taking steps to improve wellbeing and cut smartphone usage by introducing new screen time tools to help users track their phone use habits and cut down where necessary. The update will be rolling out to all devices - Android, iOS and Wear OS - this week.

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