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Google and Samsung collaborate to make it easier to sync fitness data between apps

Google and Samsung have entered into a partnership invent or invent Health Connect, a platform and API (Application Programming Interface) that provides developers with a toolkit for syncing users’ health data between Android apps and devices. This should make it easier for users to track their health and fitness data across many different platforms.

Once a user is logged in, developers can collect their health data in an encrypted hub on the user’s device. Google says that users have complete control over the type of data they share and which apps they share. If more than one app collects the same type of data, such as steps taken, users can choose to share that data with one app rather than the other apps. Health Connect supports more than 50 types of data across a number of categories, including activity, body measurements, cycle tracking, nutrition, sleep, and vital signs.

TaeJong Jay Yang, Executive Vice President of Samsung, said in: press release† “I am happy to confirm that Samsung Health will also be using Health Connect later this year. With users’ consent, this will allow app developers to take advantage of accurate and improved data measured on the Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use it in their apps as well.”

Health Connect is currently in an open beta version available to all Android developers. In addition to Samsung, Google is also working with developers MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings on the early access program. Google Fit and Fitbit, which are owned by Google, will also use Health Connect, which means the technology has to be available in time. Pixel Watch release later this year

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as my colleague John Porter points out:Google is where it is now due to its open approach to its products, and the Health Connect API is just another example of Google’s willingness to partner with other companies. Unlike Samsung and Apple, Google tends not to force (or even push) users into its ecosystem, but with the Pixel Watch and Android tablet on the goGoogle may need to subtly direct users to its own products if it wants users to purchase the comprehensive Pixel family of devices.