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According to a new exclusive from Forbes, Google is working on preparing a service called Google Fit. Forbes says the service will aggregate and manage health and fitness data collected from sources like wearables and fitness trackers, and it will offer new APIs to developers for integration with the service.

According to Forbes, it's unclear whether Google's HealthKit competitor will debut with the next version of Android, but evidently the company is set to unveil the service, along with new partnerships with wearable manufacturers, at this year's I/O conference (which for those keeping count is just under two weeks away).

The post cites Google Health, a previous attempt at delivering personal health data, as an example of how tough it is to navigate the space of fitness tracking while giving users valuable and meaningful information based on their data.

We have independently received information indicating that Google is working on a new fitness service, so we will revisit this topic again soon. In the meantime, check out Forbes' full report below.

Source: Forbes

Liam Spradlin
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  • Shamu

    Maybe all android wear devices come with a needle that injects serum into the body to make you live forever. I'm counting on you Google.

    • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

      And who wanna live forever.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        Ray Kurzweil, who works at google for some time now.

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        • APOI

          and me ;-)

      • NinoBr0wn

        Was that question. Period.

    • ddpacino

      Seriously, I think that if there's anyone that would do this first. it would be Google.

      • Steve Freeman

        Yes, because a company known for their online ventures would logically be the first to come up with a way to make people live forever.

  • Tom Harman

    Awesome news to hear.

  • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

    "it's unclear whether Google's HealthKit competitor will debut with the next version of Android"

    I'd say it'll likely debut in an upcoming version of Google Play Services rather than a version of Android just like with Google Play Games. Seems like a good fit, and it could be Google's reiteration that Google Play Services is getting more important than the Android OS itself in terms of updates, which I think is great, because it should mean wider adoption of new functionality. Imagine if Google Play Games was only available on 4.3+, it never would've taken off like it did.

    I wonder if they'd ever consider moving the Android support library into Google Play Services so users only need one copy of it on their devices instead of per app as it is now. I'd love if they did that, and included all of Quantum in it for any 4.x OS.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This is a thinking man here.

      • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

        From all the leaks so far, there's only two OS level APIs that I can see might need to be added:

        * Ability to set a custom notification shade
        * Ability to set a custom multitasking page (with all necessary APIs to get the required details)

        While Google could just make their own Google version of Android with their custom multitasking and notifications at OS level, like OEMs do, I think they're more likely to build it in such away that there's a core set of APIs in the OS that they can use in an update-able app on the Play Store. After all, that would be the Google experience.

        One potential other API could be customising the navigation buttons, although I'd imagine this would be an API only accessible if your apk is signed with Google or OEM keys. You wouldn't want just anyone screwing with your buttons. The notification and multitasking APIs could be the same, but I can see Google opening that up to 3rd parties, like with launchers.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Samsung would probably hate every thing you just posted.

          • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

            I wouldn't think so. It would allow them to put less effort into upgrades. They probably will be a bit pissed with the health APIs going into Play Services, but other than that I think it's win win for both Google and OEMs.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        What are you waiting for? Get him into AP team, quick!

        • APOI

          I Totally support that. Deniel Brierton's writing is like Ron Amadeo 2.0. still miss Ron's article here :(

        • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

          Considering my own blog hasn't had a post since March 2013, which was a post about my predictions for Google I/O, and pretty much all those predictions were wrong, I don't think I'm cut out for AP, or journalism in general. :P

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    • Pierre Gardin

      Actually, AFAIK Android is a step back from any Linux distro because it requires a copy of a lib per app.

  • Dakota

    Do people think Android 5.0 could be announced. You don't hear many rumors about msjor upgrade ala iOS 8.. IPhone 6 is gonna be big sbd can attract of Android users to try or return to Apple with all its changes

    • JG

      Android 5.0 could be announced, yes. But not at this year's i/o. Android 4.4.3 was just released. I doubt, unless there was some major issue (like they forgot to include December in the calendar), they would release two updates to Android in such a short time span.

      I would assume the next release (4.5 or 5.0, whichever they decide to go with) will either likely be released November-ish - in time for people to start snapping up new gadgets for the holidays... Or maybe February along with the launch of Android Silver.

  • Steve Freeman

    Didn't they previously have a service similar to this? I know CardioTrainer used to sync with Google to store your workout info, and I thought it sync'd the info to a service specifically for health information.