Google announced its new health platform called Google Fit back during Google I/O in June, and today it’s officially releasing the Googel FIT preview SDK that will allow developers to start building apps. The SDK includes three APIs, including a Sensors API, a Recording API and a History API.
The Sensors API allows apps to talk to a device or a wearable’s sensors to keep track of things like steps taken or a user’s heart rate. The Recording API collects that data, in addition to other data like someone’s location, and can store all of it in the cloud. Finally, the History API provides access to information like past location data – which Google says could be useful for allowing a runner to see where he or she ran. Google hopes developers take advantage of the tools to create more compelling apps with “personalized coaching, better insights, fitness recommendations and more.”
Developers will need to download the Android L Developer Preview for the Nexus 5 and/or Nexus 7 in addition to a new version of Google Play Services that includes the Google Fit APIs. Finalized apps can be submitted for launch later this year, Google said.