Now we know why the web interface didn’t get much love: Google is shutting down the Google Fit website on March 19, 2019. Google details its intentions in a lengthy orange notification box at the top of the site at fit.google.com:
Google Fit is dedicated to coaching you to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, and making healthy behavior changes easier to achieve. In the last year, we redesigned Google Fit with new activity goals based on the American Heart Association and World Health Organization physical activity recommendations, added guided breathing and home screen widgets, and hosted a New Year 30-day challenge. As we continue to focus efforts on adding new capabilities that enhance the mobile and smartwatch Google Fit experience, we’ll be turning off this Google Fit website on 19 March 2019. To keep tracking your activities and get coaching toward your health goals, install the Fit app on your Android phone or Wear OS smartwatch.
As Google makes clear in the message, the Wear OS and mobile apps are not shutting down. In fact, they are going to get “new capabilities” sometime soon, as Google pushes all of its focus to those two interfaces.
The Google Fit app looks nice and is very easy to use. However, when you compare the system to other health-tracking apps from fitness-centric companies like Fitbit and Garmin, you realize just how behind-the-curve Google really is. Therefore, it’s good news that the company is shedding some dead weight to hopefully bring Fit up to speed.
That being said, some sort of web interface would certainly be nice for those folks who want that extra bit of functionality. Therefore, we can see how this feature removal might be upsetting to longtime Google Fit users.
Are you a Google Fit user? Does this news upset you, or is it not too big of a deal? Let us know in the comments.
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February 22, 2019 at 06:46AM