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Google building health tracking platform Google Fit

Google is working on its own fitness tracking platform to rival Apple’s HealthKit.

Like its main rival’s effort, Google Fit will collect data from popular fitness and health-related apps and devices.

That’s the claim made by Forbes, which has spoken to “multiple sources with knowledge of the company’s plans.”

Google Fit will operate through open APIs, which will enable third-party fitness trackers and apps to share relevant information. One source in particular mentioned that Google Fit would allow a wearable device to interface with Google’s cloud services and “become part of the Google Fit ecosystem.”

Apparently, Google will launch its Google Fit health platform at Google I/O, which is taking place on June 25 and 26. It’s known already that wearables will form a large part of the show, with the LG G Watch and Google’s own Android Wear smartwatch OS expected to take centre stage.

Evidently Google’s new Android Wear smartwatch platform will operate closely with Google Fit to help you track your fitness on a range of new wearable devices.

It’s not yet clear whether Google Fit will take the form of a stand-alone downloadable app or a service built into the next version of Android, however.

Of course, it’s not just Apple that Google is competing with on the mobile health service front. Last month, Google’s long-time hardware partner Samsung unveiled Sami, a service that’s similarly concerned with gathering health and fitness data from multiple sources.

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