Hands on with the redesigned Google Fit: More white, no more ugly bitmaps, and new 'Heart Points'

Earlier today, Google revealed a redesign of its apt fitness tracking application "Fit". In addition to an aesthetic design materials of the 2018 era "more updated", this new version gamifies the act of exercising, rewarding more strenuous activities with the so-called "cardiac points". Other changes that affect the user have also been added, such as the ability to manually enter your blood pressure. Let's dive in and take a look at the changes.

This is an important update, and as such, Google has given you an important revision number, going up to v.2 (technically, v2.01.18) from v1. 82. To begin with, the icon has been replaced by the new four-color heart seen above, which matches the style and color of many other recent Google applications.

The setup process for Fit was always a bit long, with three screens to pass before they download it on the home screen, but the new version includes seven screens that describe the operation of the application, request information and grant Permits in great detail. Keep in mind that you will do this step, even if you have already configured the previous version of Fit, all the information will be completed in advance.

Start screens for Fit earlier (left) and Fit new (right).

The interface changes are significant. Everything is bright and white, with the old type of ugly bitmaps finally eliminated. The sliding sidebar of the "hamburger menu" has completely disappeared. Now all the navigation is carried out through the bar with tabs at the bottom. There are three sections: Home, Magazine and Profile. The home shows most of the same type of information, but with a new design.

Previously Fit would show your activity history in a kind of mixed view, with a large circular indicator at the top for the active time spent, and as you scroll down, you can also view widgets for your weight history and activities recent, like walks from your timeline, completed with maps. Now, most of that visual history is gone (as far as I know). The new "Home" page still shows that circular description of your activity, but now it has two for your "Move minutes" and "Cardiac points".

New section of weight chart.

The weight graph widget has gone away from that description, now simply showing its most recently entered weight, with the graph that is accessed now by touching that value, which takes it to its own new page. The new chart uses some kind of averaging instead of tracking the points precisely, as it did before (or it's just bothering me).

The "Recent Tours" maps widget has also completely disappeared from the start view. I liked something, but the information really was not so useful from a health-focused perspective. It was nice in a geeky way, but it did not really provide anything useful, so it's understandable to have it removed.

Manual activity that adds the previous setting (left) and the new setting (right).

The FAB to add new activities is still there, but it has a new look with style and a new feature. It's not terribly exciting, but now you can manually add blood pressure measurements to your fit data, in case it's something you want to measure and track separately. Fit has been able to control heart rate for a long time, and I'm not sure if blood pressure data could also be extracted from wearables, but in any case, you can now add them yourself.

Screens "Add activity" in the old Adjustment (left) and the new redesign (right).

The "add activity" screen accessible through the FAB seems new, but not much has changed. All the same options are present, but now it shows you the number of minutes of movement and points of heart you earn from a given exercise when you enter that information. There is also a new "Notes" section to add additional information about a specific activity, which could be useful.

The New Daily (left) and Profile (right) tabs on the Redesigned Fit.

The new Daily tab seems to be a more effective replacement for the old timeline widget, keeping track of your activities over time. As far as I can tell, it does not include passive activities like walks like the old timeline did. All he shows are his activities entered and tracked manually. It may take some time for the rides or other older data to be filled into the Journal. Although none of mine originally appeared, my walking history is now present in the Daily tab, along with other activities added manually.

The profile tab is where your personal information such as weight, height, gender, date of birth and goals can be entered. It is also the way to access the application settings, which have been moved to the gear icon in the upper right corner here.

Configuration in the previous setting (left) and the new setting (right)

At first glance, the new application does not seem to have so many configurable configurations, but that is because they are now better organized. As far as I can tell, all the same options exist, they have simply been nested in new submenus. The only thing that is really missing is the ability to change accounts, but I always found it a nuisance Fit's tendency to want to access my work account, as well as my personal account. The omission is welcome.

The old widget Fit.

Unfortunately for anyone who was a fan of the Google Fit Starter / Initiator widget, it seems to have been removed with this update.

The new gamification is part of a collaboration with the American Heart Association (Update: in other countries it indicates that it works with the World Health Organization), aimed at encouraging it to exercise more than one way. Previously, Fit really only tracked the duration of the activity, but not the intensity. While it is a good start, the new Heart Points are for more energetic activities that increase the heart rate a little more than the average walk. Not all forms or types of exercise are the same, and a little time spent participating in more strenuous activities that raise your heart rate is good for your heart's health. The AHA recommends that we all win at least 150 cardiac points in a given week.

During the setup process, Fit states that it can fit your goals over time, so ask us if you update this coverage as we get more information about how that works or new and separate coverage as we judge the new adjustment in time. Who knows, I could get up from my loose bottom and go back to the gym.

Interestingly, the Google Fit website remains almost unchanged. We're not sure if the redesign is programmed to hit him too, but the two now have quite a different aesthetic.

This update of v2.0 is likely to be in a progressive display since we have seen the APK in the wild. , but if you want to have it in your hands early, we have it for you in APK Mirror. If you're a little more patient, Google says it should start working this week on the Play Store.

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