Google Fit adds calorie tracking and Android Wear watch face

The fledgling Google Fit platform has been updated with a host of new features, including a dedicated new Watch face for Android Wear device owners.

The new version of the app now brings the Android Wear face and an Android smartphone and tablet widget that will serve up the user’s movement data and progression towards daily goals.

Now with a quick glance at your phone or watch, you’ll be able to see how close you are to your goal and stay motivated,” Google says.

The Google Fit service has also been significantly boosted by the latest version of the app. It can track distance, and if you’re comfortable handing over a personal gender, height and weight metrics, it’ll serve up the amount of calories you’re burning as you go.

So, you’ll be able to see how far you’ve walked, run or cycled and the calories offset during those activities.

The new app also gives users a better idea of their historical performance with days, weeks and months sections.

The Google Fit service was first rolled out in October 2014, but today is the first time Google has launched a significant update.

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With Google I/O 2015 right around the corner, it’s likely Google probably has more improvements up its sleeve, as it seeks to rival Apple’s rapid incursion into the sector.

The new app is available to download from Google Play now.