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Google updates its Assistant with a new Wellness section

Despite what some might think, Google is continually working on improving its health and fitness offering. The latest update comes in the form of a new Wellness section for Google Assistant. The aim is for this to ultimately become the control hub for showing your health data on smart displays.

The Wellness section replaces the Sleep section that was introduced last November. Hence Sleep is the only metric that is currently available.

But this is only a first step and you’ll soon be able to do much more. In the accompanying text, Google teases that the Wellness section will allow you to show data such as physical activity, nutrition and more.

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All of this will be gathered from health and fitness devices and shown on compatible smart displays. The virtual assistant shows a range of available devices. You’ll be able to control which of these will proactively show the data.

For now the options that show are Nest Hub, the Nest Hub Max and the Lenovo Smart Clock. 9to5Google reports that the settings are accessible from the app, but they don’t actually do anything yet as the features have not gone live. Presumably anything with a Google Assistant smart display will soon be able to show the data.

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There’s also an option that allows integration with Fitbit. You can expect more of the same in the near future, as the duo has recently announced a completion of the takeover. Fitbit is now part of Google. Presumably one could expect Google Fit integration also to arrive at some point.

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The search giant does warn that anyone using these smart displays will be able to see the information. So keep that in mind when enabling.

The server-side update has started rolling out to users now. Once available you can activate it by opening the Google app and choosing More at the bottom right. Then tap on Settings>Google Assistant>Wellness.

Via: 9to5Google

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