I am sure Google Fit will one day be one of the best fitness apps, but it still has a long way to go. Google’s lifestyle application has some extremely good features, and one day it might be the most holistic life coaching and fitness tracking tools for those who are keen on Google products, but today it provides a rather a strange user experience. Here are the 3 funniest moments I had.
How on earth does it know my weight?
As every women, I am struggling with my weight all the time, so I am really keen on fitness tracking apps with which I can follow my performance on a graph, count my calories and shock myself with the balance.
As many weight logging apps, Google Fit needs to get your weight data typed in manually – smartphones cannot measure your body (yet). To count your approximate calorie usage, as many applications, GF uses your weight, height and age to provide a good guess. Fortunately, this app can be synced with your Google account, so it knows basically who you are. And even a bit more than that.
When I synced my app for the first time, I realized that it has a weight data from me in the cloud. I was totally surprised, as the number seemed to be realistic, but differed from the one I gave for Mi Fit (about which I’ll talk a bit later). My only guess is that it my Google Account was synced with Noom Coach, and the data is from there – but it is still scary to have my info recorded in such a sophisticated way.
Uploaded by Noom Inc on 2014-09-23.
When it thought I am riding a bike, but I sat on a tram.
What I really like in Google Fit is that it is able to guess what kind of activity I am doing. I have my phone in my pocket of belt bag almost all the time, but I would go crazy if I had to press a start button all the time I start another activity – especially because I use my bike to substitute public transport. Although I do not ride it for sport, I love my data to be tracked, but I simply do not like spending minutes by looking for my phone, press start button, arrange my cables, etc.
GF makes very good guesses, but sometimes it is totally sucked up. I realized this on a rainy morning, when I got on the city tram. As soon as I get into the office, I opened the app on my PC and it said I was riding a bike for 24 minutes. I checked the timing. Yeah, the app took my lazy half an hour on the tram couch as a small tour in my bike.
When it told me that I ran 0 kilometers in 40 minutes
Being keen on fitness tracking, I use a fitness band to count my steps and have funny info about my sleeping habits. My Xiaomy Mi Band 2 is a cool little thing. Its pedometer is quite accurate, it recognizes my speed, and measures my heart rat e when I tell it so. The only problem is, that it is not a GPS tracker, so it is not able to measure the distance of my jogging properly.
With GF, however, I should be able to follow my running route on a map – as soon as I take my GPS carrying phone with. And here comes my favorite piece of experience: every time I run, use my phone and wear my Mi Band, GF draws me a nice route on the map and gives me the duration of the training. However, as soon as I want to save the thing, it syncs with my Mi Band, loses the route on the map, tell me that I went 0 kilometers, and gives me duration, usually totally different that I tracked with Mi Band. Even nicer, that when I reopen the app, I usually get a third data – an even shorter duration than which GF measured for the first time. Ooops.
Do I still use it? Yes!
Even though Google Fit surprised me with some really funny moments, I do thing that this application is a useful and well-built app. Developers seem to have learned the lessons from the ancestors like Runastic or Endomondo – it is very easy to play music, or start-pause-stop the workout. It is also very easy to sync with the fitness trackers I have already used, which makes it an excellent surface to have a look my workout history of all time.
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Bearing in mind that Google and its apps are getting more and more important parts of our lives, I can imagine that this application is going to be very useful one day – maybe, not as a fitness tracker, but as a general health tracking tool. Using this app to monitor the performance might help to collect and analyze useful health data. I do think it is likely that one day my Google calendar will tell me to stop and take a pause, or it might send an alarm to my doctor when it notices a worrying change in my state.
Of course Google Fit is perhaps not the most accurate fitness tracker, but it is a part of a software family which most of us use every day. Due to this fact, I hope one day it becomes a great platform for submitting your health data, and might go over fitness trackers this way.
If you are not a professional athlete who need a more professional tracking of your daily workout, Google Fit is a great application to motivate you, provide you an overall report about your state and a nice way to record your performances. I do recommend giving a chance to it, and I looking forward to see the development of the product.