So far, you've chosen your Wear OS watch, and you've started to gather vital health metrics. While those are critical steps, having a ton of information at your fingertips is only useful if you understand what it means. In the third installment of How to Get Fit with Android and Wear OS, we're diving into your data and deciphering how it reflects on your overall health.
In the first installment of how to get fit with Android and Wear OS, we discussed the specs any good fitness-oriented Wear OS watch should have, plus we recommended some of our favorite models. In part two, we’re diving deep into the various types of apps that you will use to track metrics, establish good habits, and stay on top of your goals.
Every year, there are two resolutions that top lists all around the globe: get fit and lead a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, without the proper motivation and guidance, these resolutions can often fizzle by right around now in mid-March, leaving plenty of expectant do-gooders with no viable way forward. To help you stay on track, we’re launching a limited series that will show you how to get physically and mentally fit with just an Android phone and a Wear OS smartwatch.
New year, new you. Or at least we'd all like to believe it. If you've made a 2019 resolution to move more, you'll want to use an activity tracking app or wearable to keep an eye on your progress, and thanks to a new feature, Google Fit could be one of these options. The service is launching new challenges that aim to keep you moving throughout the year.
Location games' Run An Empire is a brand new augmented reality app that ingeniously gamifies walking, jogging, and running. Similar apps already exist on the Play Store, though Run an Empire takes the AR gameplay into a whole new direction. Instead of running away from zombies or defending Earth against alien invaders, you will be tasked with building an empire through the ages. It's like someone combined the 4X game Civilization with an exercise app.
Earlier today, Google revealed a redesign for its aptly-named "Fit" fitness tracking app. In addition to a more "updated" 2018-era Material Design aesthetic, this new version gamifies the act of exercising, rewarding more strenuous activities with so-called "Heart Points." Other user-facing changes like the ability to manually enter your blood pressure have also been added. Let's dive in and take a look at the changes.
Google Fit stands as one of Google's only flagship apps on Android Wear, and may be the only one of its apps that matters more on a watch than it does on a phone. There's a new version of the app available on the Play Store for both watches and phones, but this update is all about adding a big feature for Wear. There's a new mode for recording strength training and similar activities that involve counting reps.
This update is for Wear 2.0 only, so quite a few people will have to wait until the rollout is complete before testing this out, but it works on the last developer preview as well as any watch that already has the official 2.0 firmware.
When I think of Runtastic, I think of an app that I install on every phone fully intending to use it. Unfortunately, I completely forget about it and end up uninstalling it when I go through a regular purge of my drawer. What I don't think of is cooking food (at least in regards to the app itself), but here we are with Runtastic's latest: Runtasty.
There's a new update to Google Fit rolling out to [aspiring to be] healthy Android users, but there aren't any obvious signs of changes from just looking at the app. A little digging around under the hood reveals quite a bit is either in the works or just about to launch, including hydration logging and counting reps at the gym. We might also get to track climbing data soon and get notifications for activities that Fit isn't 100% confident about. Oh, and there are some more round icons because it was bound to happen eventually.
Anytime there's a big version jump, there's almost always something pretty big to be found. The Google app just leapt from v5.14 to v6.0, but those big new features don't seem to be showing up quite yet. That doesn't mean there isn't still something to see. A teardown shows that there are at least a few things to look out for, either now or in the future. This version appears to be rolling out through the beta channel, so if you want to check it out without signing up to the beta, or if it hasn't rolled out to you yet, there's a download link at the bottom.