The latest Google Fit update for iOS adds a weekly recap card and more detailed workout breakdowns with a pace chart and distance markers.
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The smartphone software has been going through quite a few updates in the past year or so. This latest one is dubbed 1.29 and its for the iOS version of the app.
The first thing it brings is a weekly recap. This offers a rundown of your daily goals, favourite workouts, activity and sleep in the Home feed of the app. It can also be accessed from the Profile tab. The recap consists of four pages and users can swipe or tap your way through them.
You’ll be told if you hit your goals during the week with additional info in the form of little activity rings along the bottom for each day. Keep swiping and you’ll hit the Heart Points page which also shows your score for previous weeks. The final recap page spits out activity suggestions if you have not achieved your goal.
The second upgrade comes in the form of more detailed info on your workouts. There is now a Pace graph which is applied retroactively to your past runs. The chart shows how quickly you were going during the activity with average pace shown above the graph. Underneath are distance markets and info showing your pace for each segment along with “active time”.
Google has been quite busy. This was the 12th update of the year for the iOS version of the software.
The previous important refresh came in April. That one was a biggie. It brought a makeover which saw a refocus on steps instead of move minutes, new tiles and a design refresh.
The debate on whether a step goal really is the best gauge of your physical activity has been going on for years, and there’s no simple answer. Google has made an about-turn and is now saying that it makes more sense to put the focus back on steps as the metric is easier to understand.
The search giant is also in the final stages of getting approval for its Fitbit $2.1 billion acquisition. In a bid to address EU competition concerns the company has recently pledged not to use Fitbit health data for targeted advertising.
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