Google releases Google Fit, challenge to HealthKit

Google released its Google Fit app Tuesday after a nearly four-month long wait, according to a report from Mashable.

Google announced its mobile health and fitness tracking platform in late June at its developer's conference in San Francisco, less than one month after Apple announced its HealthKit. Google also released a preview software development kit for Fit in mid-August.

Fit connects to users' existing Google accounts and is a fitness data-tracking dashboard. The data comes from smartphone sensors, which Fit leverages to track activity, steps and more. Users are also able to manually input exercise data. According to Google, the first apps for the platform are expected in "the coming weeks."

In addition to the platform rollout, Google has released its Fit API's to facilitate third-party app integration. Google has a number of partners who have announced they will be making their apps Google Fit-compatible. Partners include Adidas, ASUS, azumio, Basis, fatsecret, HTC, Intel, LG, Lifesum, Lynxfit, mapmyrun, Mio, Motorlola, Nike, noom, Polar, RunKeeper, runtastic, Strava and Withings.

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