Samsung and Google announced new collaborations. Thanks to the new cooperation, it will be possible to collect your health and fitness data in a single interface.
Samsung and Google announced their new collaboration to simplify interoperability between fitness and health apps. Thanks to the new unified platform and API called ‘Health Connect’, developers can; It was stated that it would be possible to securely access data from different fitness apps, devices and wearables to create richer app experiences.
Thanks to the application in question, application developers will be able to read and write the health and fitness data of a user through a single interface. On the other hand, users will be able to control which applications can collect and share their data with the ability to turn off access or delete data whenever they wish.
Health Connect collects many of your general health and fitness data in a single interface
Health Connect supports a variety of general health and fitness data categories such as activity, sleep tracking, body metrics, vitals, heart rate and blood pressure. However, as Google reported, all your data will be encrypted and stored locally on your device.
In cases where there are multiple fitness apps providing the same data, users can decide which resource they want to prioritize. When it comes to consumers, this means that if you save your health data to the Fitbit app, you can theoretically access all this data from your Samsung Health app.
In a statement on the subject, Chris Wilk, Google Product Manager, said, “With user consent, developers can securely read and write data from Health Connect using standardized schema and API behaviour. Users will have full control over their privacy settings with granular controls to see which apps are requesting access to data at any given time. All of the data in Health Connect is on-device and encrypted,” he says.
While these new APIs are now available to all application developers via Android Jetpack; It is stated that Samsung Health, Fitbit, Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness and Withings are among the first Android applications to adopt Health Connect. In addition, the Health Connect application is currently available for early access on the Google Play Store; however, it’s also worth noting that partner apps have not yet been updated to support Health Connect.