Google Fit gets all-white redesign, new activity rings


This morning the folks at Google revealed the new Google Fit.

Google has worked with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create an app that coaches you towards more beneficial physical activity based on the science out there.

The new Google Fit showcases Google's new Material Theme UI with lots of white, the Google Sans font, a bottom navigation bar, etc. Which is why the new Google Fit is built around two pretty simple activity goals the update bases on recommendations it got from the AHA and WHO about how people can improve their health - those goals are called Move Minutes and Heart Points.

The main new display is a set of circles that fill in as you reach your goal.

The Google Fit app is also getting a redesign, with activity rings that look a bit like the ones in Apple's Health apps.

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Just to make sure the user isn't JUST moving, the new Google Fit also focuses on Heart Points.

Google Fit is not a new feature in itself, but the company behind the health and fitness platform has made a decision to give it a pretty big update that also brings new features. These will see Fit users closing rings as they earn those 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. 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. You can also manually choose activities such as gardening, pilates, rowing, or spinning in the app.

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. Just like before, Fit will monitor activity using your Wear OS device (if you have one) and your smartphone.

To test calorie's burned, testers wore a face mask that was linked to a gas-analysis system.