At Google I/O 2022, Google announced the Health Connect system co-developed with Samsung. It’s an Android API and platform that allows you to collect and securely store health and fitness data from your apps and devices, and share that data with other apps and devices. Health Connect is currently available as an app for Android phones and Wear OS smartwatches. However, Google can make Health Connect an integral part of Android 14.
Google recently released Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1 for Pixel phones. Interestingly, the beta firmware comes preloaded with the Health Connect app. However, Health Connect may not be limited to just Pixel devices in the future. A code change submitted to AOSP Gerrit suggests that Health Connect will become his Android 14 system service, according to Mishaal Rahman, Esper’s Senior Technical Editor. That means Google can make Health Connect the default app on Android 14.
But how will the integration of Health Connect into Android 14 benefit people? As it becomes an integral part of the OS, more and more app developers will integrate the service into their apps. I guess. The more apps that integrate with Health Connect, the easier it is to share your health and fitness data between apps. You can also easily switch between different brands of smartwatches without worrying about losing your health and fitness data.
Over 10 apps now have Health Connect integrated, including Google Fit, Samsung Health, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, HealthylyMe, Oura, Flo, Lifesum, Outdooractive, Proov, and more. If you use one of these services, Health Connect makes it very easy to share your health and fitness data between these apps. Hopefully, when Google makes Health Connect an integral part of Android, popular brands like Xiaomi and Realme will also add Health Connect support to their fitness apps.