Google Fit Gets a Big UI Update With Two Health Focuses

To improve its official Android health and fitness app, Google has redesigned Fit from the ground up. According to a Google announcement for the "new" Google Fit, your fitness goals will now be measured by your Move Minutes and Heart Points.

Google Fit, while functional hasn't been quite on par with competitors since its launch. Move Minutes are pretty self-explanatory: Any movements through the day will be tracked either by your phone or smartwatch. Move Minutes can be earned for all activity like taking the stairs or going for a walk. It's also proven a key area for partnerships between Google, Apple and the growing industry of health and wellness apps that rely on smartphone sensors to track activity.

The second element of the update is called Move Minutes, which will just record your active time.

Heart Points meanwhile focus on the activities that are actually getting your heart pumping, so you'll only earn these for more moderate exercise. This means, for example, "picking up the pace while walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running or kickboxing".

The new Google Fit is also seeing a refresh in its UI, with a big tracker up top with those two metrics, followed by a breakdown of the rest of your health stats, including your history for the past week. Google Fit also integrates with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, so you get 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.

The new Google Fit is rolling out "beginning this week" on Android and Wear OS. iOS users with a Wear OS smartwatch will be able to track their Google Fit progress through the Wear OS app. The goal is to hit an amount of activity equivalent to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week, in line with AHA and World Health Organization recommendations. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening. Today they have announced their new Google Fit app created to bring their fitness tracking up to par.

  • Aubrey Nash