Google and Samsung have partnered to create Health Connect, a platform and API (software programming interface) that provides builders a toolset to sync customers’ well being information between Android apps and gadgets. This ought to make it simpler for customers to maintain monitor of their well being and health information throughout a number of totally different platforms.
Once a person opts in, builders can compile their well being information in an encrypted hub that’s positioned on a person’s system. Google says customers will get full management over what sort of information they share and what apps they share it with. If a couple of app is amassing the identical kind of information, corresponding to steps taken, customers can select to share that information with one app over the others. Health Connect helps over 50 information sorts in numerous classes, together with exercise, physique measurement, cycle monitoring, diet, sleep, and vitals.
“We’re working alongside Google and different companions to comprehend the complete advantages and potential of Health Connect,” TaeJong Jay Yang, Samsung’s government vice chairman, stated in a press release. “I’m excited to substantiate that Samsung Health may even undertake Health Connect later this 12 months. With customers’ permission, this may allow app builders to benefit from correct and optimized information measured on Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use it of their apps as effectively.”
Health Connect is at present in an open beta accessible to all Android builders. In addition to Samsung, Google can also be working with the builders of MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings in an early entry program. Google Fit and the Google-owned Fitbit are set to undertake Health Connect as effectively, which suggests the tech ought to be out there in time for the Pixel Watch’s release later this year.
As my colleague Jon Porter points out, Google has gotten the place it’s due to its open method to its merchandise, and the Health Connect API is simply one other instance of Google’s willingness to collaborate with different firms. Unlike Samsung and Apple, Google doesn’t are inclined to drive (and even push) customers into its ecosystem — however with a Pixel Watch and Android Tablet on the way, Google might should subtly begin nudging customers in direction of its personal merchandise if it needs customers to purchase into its increasing lineup of Pixel gadgets.