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Hot on the heels of Apple’s big HealthKit unveiling comes word that Google is building a health platform of its own. The news comes from Forbes, who says the service—dubbed Google Fit—will be announced at Google’s upcoming I/O conference.

According to the report, Google Fit will closely resemble HealthKit in that it will collect and aggregate data from popular fitness trackers and health-related apps. And Google is believed to have already forged partnerships with wearable device makers…

Here’s Forbes’ Parmy Olson with more:

Google GOOGL +0.12% is planning to launch a new health service called Google Fit to collect and aggregate data from popular fitness trackers and health-related apps, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company’s plans. […]

Google Fit will aggregate data through open APIs, instruction sets that allow apps to share information, and will also announce partnerships with wearable device makers at its I/O conference, Forbes understands. One source with knowledge of Google’s plans said Google Fit would allow a wearable device that measures data like steps or heart rate to interface with Google’s cloud-based services, and become part of the Google Fit ecosystem. Google could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

This wouldn’t be Google’s first foray into the medical field. In 2008, the search giant launched Google Health, a short-lived collation service for personal medical records. The service didn’t garner much traction though, and Google shuttered it in 2012.

It’s unclear if Google Fit will be built into the next version of Android, or launch as a standalone app, but it’s sure to tie into the new Android Wear platform. Google has been mum about I/O sessions thus far, but it does plan to talk about wearables.

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Apple, for its part, is believed to be working on a wearable device of its own. The so-called iWatch is expected to feature various health/fitness-tracking sensors, and integrate closely with iOS 8. It’s been reported that the device will launch in October.

Google’s I/O conference is slated to take place on June 25 and 26.

  •  HarshI.T.

    😀 😀 😀 , Google never had its own idea. Google believes in copying …. 😀 Come google use brain at least….

    • felixtaf

      lol… Really???

      All these health kits and google kits came after Samsung’s S-Health. It was bashed heavily by everyone here (including me). I still dont see the point of these in MY smartphones.

    • Kurt

      Samsung made it popular, Apple copied, now Google. I like S-Health. Surprisingly it motivates you. So many people I know love it. Hopefully the same will happen with Healthkit

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Never? Self-driving cars? Glass? Bloons? Search? Ara(motorola started it under Google)? Fiber? Wow I’ve totally seen these ideas way before and everywhere before Google began to start these ideas.

      • Kurt

        No dude Google copied Apple when they made the self driving car because maybe one day there will be a rumor that Apple will make a self driving car so anyone coming out with a self driving car is obviously copying Apple. You know just incase a rumor will come out one day about Apple.

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Ara was adopted from PhoneBloks. Fiber is nothing new and google is not definetly the first provider. Search engines exsisted years before Google Search. Self driving cars, glass and wifi bloons are pretty cool and inovative though. They are able to make things come to reality from sci-fi movies 😀

    • chris125

      Yeah because in the 2 weeks since WWDC they just whipped this up…

  • leart

    Brilliant and original idea from google

  • CODENAME_CAFE

    HealthKit,Google fit,Wii fit,… ohhh see! those dudes really care about us :p

    • felixtaf

      They make you obese by making u almost immobile in the name of technology and then they make kits & fits to make you slim and fit!
      ;0

  • Rowan09

    I’ve said it before, Apple makes ideas popular.

    • credulousgeek

      Agreed trendsetter

      • Kurt

        S-Health. Apple is a trendsetter in copying. And I don’t mind it, but encourage them to copy more, split screen multitasking is so needed on the 5.5″ iphone.

    • Kurt

      Apple got this idea from Samsung. Samsung had an app you are fully aware of called S-Health. If S-Health never became to be, or never became popular, we wouldn’t have Healthkit.

      • Rowan09

        Stop trying to make yourself seem right when you’re not. Apple and the Play Store have tons of health app. S-Health is just another app but health kit and Google health is useless by itself, it just collects data from multiple health related apps. S-Health is nothing like these projected apps.

      • Kurt

        S-Health made it popular. Plus no other app had some of its features which I use often.

      • Rowan09

        Workouts on the iPhone is far better than S-Health. Regardless Google health and Health Kit aren’t apps specifically. It’s like saying Safari is an app that followed Chrome. Just like a web browser is nothing without the web, Google Health and Health Kit are both nothing without fitness apps. As I stated before how do you give Samsung credit for S-Health when Google Health came out in 2012 and Nike+ was pre-installed on IOS 5.

      • Kurt

        Wow I can’t believe I have to say this again. You give credit to Apple for a finger print scanner but you don’t give credit to Samsung for S-Health but you also give it to Apple. Apple made finger print scanners popular. Samsung made Healthapps popular. I’m amazed at how biased you are. What does Samsung do better than Apple? Anything?

      • Rowan09

        I give them credit for making a scanner that works properly, but I never said they were the first. I never said Apple created the health based apps either I said first off Nike did and the tons of developers not Apple or Google or Samsung. Nike made fitness apps popular as well as the fitbit and the many other apps thats been around before S Health. Do they even have a community following online for S Health? Why must you try and give credit for something they didn’t do? Samsung is the best at packing there phones with many different features. Some are useful and others not so much, but you have many opinons.

      • Kurt

        I never said you said they were first. Was I not clear enough that we both give Apple credit for making it popular? Your trying to argue with me by acting as if I’m saying something I’m not so you can refute me. Who made it popular? Apple. Who made healthapps popular? Samsung. But you some how give credit to Apple ridiculous. No one uses Nike +. Health apps weren’t used as they weren’t baked into the OS and now with S-Health it just works! You don’t have to open it up like other apps. Thats why Samsung’s implementation was so successful and for the features that others don’t and can’t have.

        Yes there is a community online. You can compare your results with everyone else directly in the app.

        Why are you so biased? How do you benefit from it? Apple paying you like Samsung paid people? I’m assuming no, but what’s the reason? You own stock and think you should help push it up? Honest question. Why so biased?

      • Rowan09

        I am not biased because you are trying to make your opinion a fact. S health is not the best fitness app and it is far from the first. Are you telling me people are buying S4+ for S Health features that are not availbale on any other fitness app? Come on man its like saying because of the Kindle Apple made iBooks a stock app.

      • Kurt

        Never said it was best….said it made it popular. I think Apple’s implementation could be best even though it will lack important features. Don’t be biased. There are features in S-Health that are not in other health apps. Samsung phones are the only ones to have some features. Features I use more than I use Siri. Apple followed Samsung. That’s clearly been established if you are not biased. But again, why are you biased? Is Apple paying you like Samsung was paying people? Hmmm?

  • Yujin

    Oh I wonder where they got that idea…. A company like google can probably decided to make something and push it in a few weeks or months even before we all see it on an iPhone… That is why you get crappy apps on android. Is rush and perfected over time but they always hit the market first for bragging rights. Apple could care less who is before of after. They just want to polish and make something great even it is a simple keyboard.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Yeah that’s why they just implemented a well used and loved feature from android keyboards right? Google does not rush and remember this, it only employs people who’ve actually done something cool in terms of work, unlike Apple.

    • grumpyfuzz

      Apple is scared of android, and there’s a reason for that… To prove they’re scared, at Google I/O they hardly even mention Apple or make bad comments about them, at WWDC they are bashing android.

  • felixtaf

    Not relevant.

    Google isnt Samsung.

    That tumbler page wast updated since 2012!

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Such a biased and horribly written article. As expected doesn’t mention S-health

    • Kurt

      Posts about spkit screen multitasking never mention Samsung. Only microsoft. Will Apple be able to code it properly? So far no. Will you be able to drag and drop files between apps like on the Note phones and Note tablets? I bet not. And some how these fanboys will say its better not to be able to drag and drop files. Its rumored to not even work in portrait which I use a lot on my phone. Ex.youtube video at top and chatting at the bottom. Why not just admit what Apple does good and bad and where Samsung does good and bad

      • Rowan09

        Samsung did not create multi windows on a phone. They made apps that allowed multi windows on the iPad before the S3. Wouldn’t it mean Samsung copied the creator of the multiple apps on the AppStore? Laptops does multi-screen and Samsung just implemented it since the S3, they didn’t create anything new. Now if Apple does eye-scroll or air gesture I’ll give that to Samsung.

      • Kurt

        Multi windows is just a failure at multitasking. It’s just windows like on a pc. Samsung implemented split screen not multi windows and did so well. You can devide the screen in size how you like and you can swap different files between the two or use the same app twice. GREAT for chatting or surfing the web! Quit trolling.

      • Rowan09

        I own a Note 2 so I’m far from trolling. The reason Samsung wasn’t mentioned is due to the Windows tablet commericals making fun of the iPad. Split screen is also on some LG phones to my understanding, if you want to give Samsung credit for making split screen popular or doing it right, I have no problem saying they did. Chatting and surfing the web is in my opinion not the reason why split screen is useful. I believe its great for taking notes. Samsung is not the first at doind split screen since its been around in an app since the iPad, but they made it the popular and got it right.

      • Kurt

        Because of commericals? Want me to link you to multiple Samsung commercials that did the same? That’s not the reason. The reason is (my opinion of course as I can’t read Cody’s mind but I’m comfortable saying it) is because he doesn’t want to give Samsung credit for it is better than Apples rumored implementation for a number or reasons!

        Also, iPad never had split screen, but windows. Where you can hardly see the text as the text isn’t large like on a Note or Windows device. That’s why iPads tweaks sucks so bad. Apps having split screen were taking from webOS if we are talking about the same type of split screen. That’s an OS I wish took off.

      • Rowan09

        S health is betted than Apple’s implementation how now? Split screen on a small screen is a terrible experience (my opinion).

      • N&LH

        Don’t waste your time with Kurt. He wants to say Samsung is innovator and used to bring a break through to the market. Kurt is a typical fanboy

      • Rowan09

        I’m seeing that.

      • Kurt

        What fanboy says Apple does so many things better than Samsung? You two are the fanboys. I have never read a comment from either of you that puts down Apple and shows others as better. Why do you do that is an important question.

      • N&LH

        “What fanboy says Apple does so many things better than Samsung?” Shamesung used even to copy Apple ads and most of Apple lineup.

      • Rowan09

        Lies. Just the other day I said Apple should not increase the price of the iPhone and make a 32GB the base model. I like Apple products as well as my Note 2 and Windows products.

      • Kurt

        You don’t know what a fanboy is. Why am I saying Apple does this and that better than Samsung? I’m not biased is all.

      • N&LH

        ” I’m not biased is all.” I don’t think so

      • Kurt

        You are either 1) a liar 2) an idiot 3) don’t read many of my comments.

        What Samsung fanboy thinks Apples Healthkit will probably be better than the S-Health? Ahhh you got an answer for that?

      • N&LH

        “Apples Healthkit will probably be better than the S-Health? ” Samsung did based on Apple rumors and Apple Health kit is better than S-health,

      • Kurt

        Healthkit rumors came after S-Health came out. And S-Health was obviously in development even before than as rumors suggest in 2012.

        isheep wrong again.

      • N&LH

        Can you give evidences?

        ” S-Health was obviously in development even before than as rumors suggest in 2012. isheep wrong again.” So Samsung CEO told you that. or someone else

      • Kurt

        evidence? No, I won’t waste my time on someone who ignores my praises of Apple and calls me a fanboy of Samsung.

      • N&LH

        “No, I won’t waste my time” Simply you don’t have anything. Hehehe

      • Kurt

        iSheep….google is your friend. type in that little box and hit enter and if you type in the correct words then magical fairy dust will fall down and you will find what you are looking for. This is technology that’s been around for two decades. It’s called a search engine. Say it with me…”Search engine” good boy, thats right!

        iSheep smh

      • N&LH

        You have nothing to say. Simply you wanna change the topic.

      • Kurt

        -1
        I did have something to say…You trolled me, calling me a fanboy, which I proved you wrong. After you troll me you want me to go search the internet for you? No, won’t do it. Didn’t you get that from what I wrote? Come on guy…quit trolling. I praise you god, Apple, when I like things and do the same for Samsung, and I’ll attack them when they do wrong.

      • N&LH

        I asked you to give me evidences. Simply you have nothing. It is that simple 🙂

        No need to change the topic

      • Kurt

        Next time, don’t troll. damn, at least apologize

      • N&LH

        you have nothing to say :))

      • Kurt

        Bye troll.

      • N&LH

        Next time make sure you do your homework. See you troll :))

      • Kurt

        -1

        Sammobile dot com…iPhandroid dot com now you have homework. Your answer is there, ok iSheep? Don’t answer that, that was a rhetorical question. You can look up the meaning of rhetorical questions on the internet too. Google is your friend.

      • N&LH

        FALSE

      • Kurt

        Split screen is on Note tablet that is from 8 inches to 12 inches. Its on a 5″ device and up to 5.7″.

      • Rowan09

        Yes and anything less than a 7″ screen is horrible.

      • Kurt

        I love it on my 5.7″ great for Youtube vids and chatting while on the subway or chatting with two people at the same time. But you can say it’s horrible because because because Apple isn’t going to put it on the iPhone. If they did, you would say it’s a good thing. You never go against Apple. How much do they pay you?

      • Rowan09

        Once again lies. If the screen is too small why would I need split screen? I never use it on my Note 2. I always said the iPad should have Split Screen.

    • Rowan09

      Isn’t S-Health a fitness app? How can you compare a fitness app to a fitness catalog? Why didn’t the article mention Nike + or every other fitness app? Can anyone use Health Kit without any fitness app? Can you use iBooks or Newstand or Kindle reader without PDFs or Ebooks, no so stop the S-Health nonsense Samsung didn’t create fitness apps. Nike made this all popular. Samsung gets credit when needed but not for something they didn’t do.

      • Kurt

        Samsung made fitness apps popular. Thats why Apple made one too. But lacking important features I use a lot. Specific features in S-Health that I use more than Siri. If there was no S-Health app, we wouldn’t have Healthkit. But you know that already but deny Samsung making it popular. No one cares about Nike +. Never once met a person use it. Never once seen a review on Youtube for it. It’s not used thats why. Samsung made it popular. I’m just not biased so I give Samsung the credit.

      • Rowan09

        No one used Nike + really? I know a lot of people who used the sneaker piece while running. How again are you comparing S Health as if its the best fitness app available when its not? You are making a bold claim that needs some bold proof and you have none besides your opinion which I respect, but it’s just an opinion.

      • Kurt

        Best? I never said that. Again making me out as if I’m saying something I’m not so you can refute me. In certain areas it is the best, and other areas it’s not. Overall I think healthkit will be better though it will lack such important features to me. Again, I never seen anyone use Nike +, never even seen a video on Youtube. That tells you A LOT!

      • Rowan09

        Health Kit is like a browser, without information on the web it is useless. It and Google Health just collects data from multiple apps. What features does it lack since its not even here yet and you are quick to comment on it’s faults?

      • Kurt

        So you need the internet? It can’t just pull that data from the phone? The apps on the phone have to push it off the phone in order for the phone to grab it and pull it back onto the phone but in a different location on the phone? Stupid. I stand corrected. If you don’t have internet on a mountain for example than you have to open up multiple apps to get to the data. Blah.

      • Rowan09

        No I believe it is like passbook or game center where it will keep track of multiple fitness apps. It in itself is not a fitness app.

      • Kurt

        NO? You said it will pull it off the internet from apps on the phone. How is that different from what I stated. Forget it don’t answer that.

      • Rowan09

        No I said it is like an internet browser which is useless without the web. I was giving an example that it is useless without other fitness apps from my understanding.

      • Kurt

        So it needs the internet, and if you are on a moutain you need to open multiple apps and you can’t use Healthkit app so it doesn’t “just work” as the quote apple as made famous. Maybe it works differently than you think, maybe you are just holding it wrong. lol

      • Rowan09

        I never said it needs the internet and I don’t know if it does from my understanding it pulls the data from the apps. Nevertheless a smartphone is useless without data anyway so even if it needs data it doesn’t matter. I probably won’t even use health kit, it seems like it may be geared towards people with diabetes, etc. I think it being geared toward the pharmaceutical market and not just someone looking to workout.

      • Kurt

        You said, Health Kit is like a browser, without information on the web it is useless. Implying it needs the internet.

        If it can, as it should if it will be useful, it should pull the data from the app. Not have the data sent from the phone to the web then pulled back down into the phone and placed in the healthkit app. If it works as we want, and it motivates me to work out more, walk more I’ll be using it. But I don’t like you need to use other apps. I won’t always remember to start the app. Though for steps, running and if it has an altimeter like the Note 3, then up/down stats-good for mountain climbing. then it will do some of the most useful features majority of people want.

      • N&LH

        “Samsung made fitness apps popular” They did based on Apple rumors

        “but deny Samsung making it popular” Can you prove that ?

      • Kurt

        No, there were zero rumors back in 2012 when the app was in development.

        isheep wrong again. amazing.

      • Rowan09

        Your argument is that Samsung made fitness apps popular, even when many fitness apps with millions of followers existed before S Health. If you are basing your opinion off of stock implementation Apple had Nike + which by itself was uselss without external devices.

      • Kurt

        Yes my argument is people didn’t use fitness apps as they do now because…wait for it, because this is the second time I’m writing it and you will ignore it….because it’s baked into the OS. No needing to open up the app (if you remember to start the app). And the features are useful, tracking accurate, etc.

        That’s being non biased, being able to say good things about Samsung when it’s better than Apple and vise versa. Learn from me. I praise Apple and I praise Samsung and attack them when needed.

      • Rowan09

        Lies lies lies. I’ve been using workouts app for years with millions of followers and it is better than S Health by far. I’ve used a calorie tracker for years with millions on followers way before S Health. I don’t know who you are trying to fool being baked into the OS on the S4, Note 3 and now S5 means nothing. I use runkeeper which has a huge following before S Health and it works with my 5s and many other apps do the same. Nike, fitbit, etc made working out fun not S Health 2 years ago man come on.

      • Kurt

        You have millions of followers? Liar

      • Rowan09

        No, Workouts is the name of an app. I do not have S Health on my Note 2 it wouldn’t serve me any purpose or provide me with something I don’t already have.