In our review, we felt the OnePlus Band was limited by its lack of proper support for third-party integrations. It looks like the company has its ear close to the ground and is taking this feedback seriously. In a recent update to the Band’s companion Health app, OnePlus finally added the option to sync your data to Google Fit.
Google Fit already has plenty of ways to tell you that you're out of shape — a common issue during the ongoing pandemic. But it's picking up a new way to measure both your heart rate and respiratory rate, using just your smartphone's camera. The feature is expected to land next month, and though it's a Pixel-exclusive to start, it should be coming to other Android phones later.
Google Fit doesn't receive as much attention as it should, but Google gave it a massive redesign earlier this month. The update improved sleep tracking and changed the interface to better match Google's other applications, but it seems there was at least one feature lost in the transition: advanced weight training tracking.
Google Fit has been in a state of limbo for a while now. It has always lagged behind competing services from Apple, Samsung, and others, and sometimes has broke entirely. Thankfully, Google has revealed a major update to Fit today, along with a few minor new features for Wear OS.
Google Fit helps you keep an eye on your fitness, be it via a smartwatch or just via your phone's own sensors. To make it even easier to parse how you did during your latest run, the company has added a pace per mile/km bar graph to a workout's details. The disappearing and re-appearing elevation map has also returned for some with this release, though not for everyone.
Google wants to help us stay fit during a time of disrupted routines. That's why the company's Fit team joined forces with YouTube and added a new video feed to the Fit app. You'll find all kinds of health-related content from different creators in it, such as home workouts, meditation routines, and mental wellness tips.
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.
Just as many people are getting a bit stir crazy from staying indoors, the Google Fit team is delivering some long overdue attention to the Android app and Wear OS. Over the next week or so, several enhancements to the interface are set to roll out, meant to make information more visible while streamlining the interface so users can quickly pull up the most important bits of data.