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Google Fit Preview SDK Arrives For Android Developers 13

Posted by timothy
from the want-to-sense-your-heart-beating dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google today released a preview SDK of Google Fit available to developers. The tool provides APIs for apps and device manufacturers to store and access activity data from fitness apps and sensors on Android and other devices (like wearables, heart rate monitors or connected scales). Google warns that the preview release contains the Google Fit APIs for Android, but does not contain the REST API or the Android Wear APIs, which will be included in the official release. Furthermore, while it will let you develop and test fitness apps, they cannot be published to Google Play until official release."
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Google Fit Preview SDK Arrives For Android Developers

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  • I be able to use Android Studio to develop for Gingerbread instead of it throwing 72+ errors about the Holo theme not existing (because themes were only added in Honeycomb)? I've already changed all the instances of defaultTheme to none in the config files according to StackOverflow, but that didn't help.

  • Google warns that the preview release contains the Google Fit APIs for Android, but does not contain the REST API or the Android Wear APIs....

    Sorry, you're telling me that there's no REST for the FIT? Sounds exhausting....

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  • by m00sh (2538182) on Thursday August 07, 2014 @08:28PM (#47627433)

    So, apparently this has a fitness store ... not a store to sell you stuff, but a storage of the user sensor data (snarkily probably a store for advertisers).

    I think this might be a good idea. Recently motorola discontinued their motoactv watch and in the process also broke their website. So, your entire history went with that and your device became almost useless after that.

    Also, the devices have made data overly fractured. The pedometer syncs to a different website than your running app. They don't want to co-operate. Maybe the fitness store will be one central repository for all that data.

    I would rather have an open standard and have the encrypted data stored in dropbox but I guess this is the idea of the API.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      That's why Apple and Google have developed health APIs into the OS - because they see all these sensors and gadgets are all working in incompatible ways.

      Basically the goal is to gather all the data into a central location, and then each fitness app can extract the parts they want and use it on their own website if desired.

      Basically the APIs isolate the gathering and collecting of data from the dissemination and analysis - so you can use any pedometer for counting steps, any heart monitor for your heartbeat

    • That would facilitate user switching their fitness apps, the established apps (runkeeper, nike, endomondo) would probably not implement it or delay its implementation as long as possible to avoid losing their userbase.

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