During the Google I/O keynote in June we heard a something about Google’s plans for stretching their deliberations towards wellness with the presentation of the Google Fit platform. At the time all we knew without any doubt was that the stage would have the ability to take advantage of sensors and other information gathered by our wearables and phones, with engineers being able to take this data and use it for making application for them.
Google additionally reported a few organizations like Adidas and Nike were working together for the exertion, and assured we’d see a preview of the SDK(Software Development Kit) in “few weeks”. As Promised, Google has now released the review SDK to app developers, giving a set of APIs that let engineers to take fitness-related applications to an entire new level.
Here is a brief description of the three APIs, as delivered by Google in its developer’s blog:
[quote]Sensors API provides high-level access to sensors from the device and wearables—so with one API your app can talk to sensors, whether on an Android device or a wearable. So if you’re making a running app, you could register it to receive updates from a connected heart rate monitor every 5 seconds during a user’s run and give immediate feedback to the runner on the display.
Recording API allows apps to register for battery-efficient, cloud-synced background collection of fitness data. For example, a running app could ask to store user’s location so it can map the run later. Once it registers for these data types, collection is done by Fit in the background with no further work needed by the app.
History API allows operations on the data like read, insert and delete. When the exerciser finishes her run, the running app can query the History API for all locations during the run and show a map.[/quote]
If you are an Android developer, you must visit the developer’s website for more details on the API that has launched. Also keep in mind that Google has now released a new build of Android L as well that includes support for the Google Fit platform.
For non-developer, the new Google Fit SDK don’t have anything for you as of now, though it opens up the gates to plenty of smarter applications that utilize our sensors in the future.