Google and Samsung have partnered to create Health Connect, a platform and API (software programming interface) that provides builders a toolset to sync customers’ well being knowledge between Android apps and gadgets. This could make it simpler for customers to maintain observe of their well being and health knowledge throughout a number of totally different platforms.
As soon as a consumer opts in, builders can compile their well being knowledge in an encrypted hub that’s situated on a consumer’s machine. Google says customers will get full management over what sort of knowledge they share and what apps they share it with. If multiple app is accumulating the identical kind of information, resembling steps taken, customers can select to share that knowledge with one app over the others. Well being Join helps over 50 knowledge varieties in various classes, together with exercise, physique measurement, cycle monitoring, vitamin, sleep, and vitals.
“We’re working alongside Google and different companions to appreciate the total advantages and potential of Well being Join,” TaeJong Jay Yang, Samsung’s govt vp, stated in a press release. “I’m excited to verify that Samsung Well being may even undertake Well being Join later this 12 months. With customers’ permission, this can allow app builders to benefit from correct and optimized knowledge measured on Galaxy Look ahead to Samsung Well being and use it of their apps as effectively.”
Well being Join is at the moment in an open beta accessible to all Android builders. Along with Samsung, Google can also be working with the builders of MyFitnessPal, Leap Health, and Withings in an early entry program. Google Match and the Google-owned Fitbit are set to undertake Well being Join as effectively, which suggests the tech ought to be out there in time for the Pixel Watch’s release later this year.
As my colleague Jon Porter points out, Google has gotten the place it’s due to its open method to its merchandise, and the Well being Join API is simply one other instance of Google’s willingness to collaborate with different firms. In contrast to Samsung and Apple, Google doesn’t are likely to pressure (and even push) customers into its ecosystem — however with a Pixel Watch and Android Tablet on the way, Google could must subtly begin nudging customers in direction of its personal merchandise if it needs customers to purchase into its increasing lineup of Pixel gadgets.