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The new Health Connect platform makes it easy to share and sync health data

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We all know the saying, “A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.” And today we have several devices and apps that help us in our fight to stay fit: smartwatches, smart bands and even smart rings that constantly track us and record our data.

If you are in the Apple ecosystem, then all you need is the Health app on your iPhone to see how far you are on your fitness journey. But if you use Android, you have so many apps and devices to choose from that at some point it can become difficult to see all your data in one place.

In a new joint venture between Google and Samsung, on this year Google I/O, the tech giants announced Health Connecta new platform and Android API that allows users to share and sync their health data across all devices and health tracking apps.

With Health Connect, the information between apps like Samsung Health, Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, Leap Fitness, and Withings is collected, combined, and then synced, so there should be no differences in their readings. This also applies to your devices. You’ll see the same stats like your activity, sleep, diet, body measurements, and vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure on your phone, watch, and tablet, regardless of manufacturer.

When you receive the same type of data from multiple apps (e.g. footsteps), you can also choose which application to prioritize.

According to Google, the fitness information is encrypted and stored securely locally on your device. You have full control over your data, including which applications can access it and when. You can also erase data from your device that you no longer want.

The Health Connect beta is now available for developers to implement in their health tracking apps.

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