However, for other stuff, Google says the app has also been upgraded with data on more than 120 other activities in hopes of enabling the service to gather more accurate fitness data.
The new Google Fit showcases Google's new Material Theme UI with lots of white, the Google Sans font, a bottom navigation bar, etc.
Google Fit now uses two activity goals based on World Health Organization and AHA research, in order to push users towards achieving the right amount - and crucially, the right intensity - of exercise. Move Minutes are pretty self-explanatory: Any movements through the day will be tracked either by your phone or smartwatch.
Move Minutes is a stat that tracks how often you walk around, with the goal of encouraging people to move more and sit less. This will be easier to track if you have a smartwatch with a heart rate sensor, but if you don't Google will use a combination of accelerometer and (if available) Global Positioning System data to predict the intensity of your movements. The two stats combined look a bit like the Apple Watch's activity rings-swapping out a step-count goal for something that functions like a game. Each piece of activity during the day earns the user Move Minutes which are of course recorded in the Google Fit app.
In addition, Google Fit will also automatically detect other activities like walking, running or biking. Moderate activity, like fast walking, will earn you one point per minute, while more intense stuff like running or kickboxing will net you two points per minute. Google has also redesigned its Google Fit app, the backbone of fitness tracking on Wear OS and on Android devices that aren't Samsung. Google says a user can close their rings by just brisk walking for 30 minutes for 5 days a week which can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep and mental health.
If you don't use Google Fit for your fitness tracking, worry not as the app also integrates with nearly every other popular fitness app out there like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal.
The new Google Fit will be able to track your daily routines and exercises either directly from the smartphone or your Wear OS-equipped smartwatch.