Google and Samsung have partnered to create Health Connect, a platform and API (application programming interface) that provides developers with a toolset to sync users’ health data between Android apps and devices. This aims to make it easier for users to keep track of their health and fitness data across multiple different platforms.
Once a user signs up, developers can aggregate their health data into an encrypted hub that resides on a user’s device. Google says it gives users full control over what type of data they share and what apps they share it with. If more than one app collects the same type of data, e.g. B. Steps, users can share this data with one app and not with the others. Health Connect supports over 50 data types across a range of categories including activity, body measurements, cycle tracking, nutrition, sleep and vitals.
“We are working with Google and other partners to fully realize the benefits and potential of Health Connect,” said TaeJong Jay Yang, Samsung executive vice president, in a press release. “I am pleased to confirm that Samsung Health will also launch Health Connect later this year. With user permission, this will allow app developers to take accurate and optimized data measured on the Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use it in their apps as well.”
Health Connect is currently in an open beta, available to all Android developers. In addition to Samsung, Google is also working with the developers of MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness and Withings in an early access program. Google Fit and Google-owned Fitbit will also adopt Health Connect, meaning the tech should be available in time for the Pixel Watch’s release later this year.
As my colleague Jon Porter points out, Google has gotten where it is because of its open approach to its products, and the Health Connect API is just another example of Google’s willingness to partner with other companies. Unlike Samsung and Apple, Google doesn’t tend to coerce (or even push) users into its ecosystem — but with a Pixel Watch and Android tablet on the way, Google may need to start subtly pushing users toward its own products , if it wants users to shop into its growing range of Pixel devices.