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Google and Samsung are creating a common health app

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Google and Samsung have teamed up to create Health Connect, a platform, and API that provides developers with a set of tools to synchronize user health data between Android apps and devices. This should make it easier for users to keep track of their health and fitness on several different platforms.

Once the user agrees, developers can collect data about his health in an encrypted hub located on the user’s device. Google says users will have complete control over what data they share and with what programs. If multiple programs collect data of the same type, such as steps, users can choose to share the data with one program over another. Health Connect will support more than 50 types of data in a number of categories, including activity, body measurements, cycle tracking, nutrition, sleep, and vital functions.

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“We’re working alongside Google and other partners to realize the full benefits and potential of Health Connect,” TaeJong Jay Yang, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press release. “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.”

Health Connect is now available as an open beta to all Android developers. In addition to Samsung, Google is also working with developers of MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness and Withings as part of an early access program. Google Fit and Google Fitbit are also planning to introduce Health Connect, which means that the technology should be available before the release of Pixel Watch later this year.

As the Verge’s Jon Porter points out, Google has gotten where it is because of its open approach to its products, and the Health Connect API is just another example of Google’s willingness to collaborate with other companies.

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