Apple Health or Google Fit?
This looks like a dÃ©jÃ -vu when you know who is up against who, and you have probably guessed it, Google versus Apple. Right now people are comparing which one of the platforms behind the devices is the best one.
Google Fit is a software framework which allows hardware producers and app developers to log, record and display data relating health.
Apple created HealthKit, build into iOS 8, was designed to work the same way, together with the company’s Health app.
Google Fit has three APIs: History, Sensors and Recording. They are up to Google’s standards when it comes to acquiring data from physical sensors to interfaces and apps.
The data types which Google Fit covers calorie burn, activity types and times, pedaling rate, wheel speed, heart rate, weight, height, distance covered, step tracker, elevation and power generated in a workout. Even thought there is no sleep tracker, many apps are able to create and customize the data they will record.
Apple’s data type list includes sleep patterns, gender, workout duration and intensity, blood type, temperature, blood alcohol level, heart rate, diet, activity, blood glucose and walking activity.
Platforms and apps
Google Fit seems looks more like an app made for Android devices. The portal based on the web collects the health information from wearable devices. But your device has to run on Android 4.0 or later in order for the apps to work, but with Fit on your gadget you might not need other apps for the basics.
Apple health comes along with iOS8 and the company defined the software as being a dashboard for your fitness data and health, which is very easy to read. The new iPhones have a built-in motion sensor which collects the data and tracks it to be combined with other apps.
Android Lollipop is still being worked on so there have not been that many official apps announced for Google Fit. Since its launch in October, Google Fit listed these compatible apps: Withings, Runtastic, Strava, Noom and RunKeeper.
On the other side, Apple already has more than 40 apps ready to use including Golfshot, Sleepio, Garmin Connect, Strava, Beddit and Jawbone.
Different wearable devices, different compatibilities. Since Andoir Wear devide do not support iOS, they have to use Google Fit, and Apple Watch supports HealthKit.
What about the independent devices? They answer is that, they will probably support both platforms, just as most apps are available for both operating systems. If you want one platform of the other, all you have to do is to buy an Android Wear or Apple watch.
Data security and analysis
Even if you chose Google Fit or Apple Health, both of them are capable to gather up your data from different apps and devices.
Apple is more focused on the user’s health, as the name implies , while Google focused mainly on the fitness data.
Apple stated that the information gathered by Health is the user’s property and he is able to decide to keep it private or share it. Google has not yet made this kind of statement yet, but it markets out that they have policies restricting ‘sensitive information’.
As we mentioned before, many devices should be able to support both platform, the only exceptions will be the developers of Android Wear smartwatches and iOS.