Google and Samsung are creating Health Connect – platform and API that will give developers tools to synchronize health data between apps and gadgets on Android. This will help users better control their health and fitness data on several different platforms.
With the user’s consent, the developers will be able to collect data about their health in an encrypted center on his device. Google promises complete control over what type of data and what applications a person will share. If a certain type of data (for example, the number of steps) is collected by more than one application, the user will be able to share them with another, selected application.
Health Connect supports more than 50 types of data in several categories. Including activity, body parameters, cycle tracking, nutrition, sleep and other vital indicators.
“We’re working alongside Google and other partners to realize the full benefits and potential of Health Connect. I’m excited to confirm that Samsung Health will also adopt Health Connect later this year. With users’ permission, this will enable app developers to take advantage of accurate and optimized data measured on Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use it in their apps as well,” said Samsung’s executive vice president.
Health Connect is now available in open beta for all Android developers. In addition to Samsung, Google has partnered with MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings in its early access program. Google Fit and Fitbit’s own products will also support Health Connect.