In what comes as Google’s eagerly anticipated answer to Apple’s recently unveiled HealthKit, the new Google Fit health platform was unveiled yesterday at Google’s I/O developer’s conference in San Francisco.
By pulling data from various sensors on mobile devices, including wearables from Google’s array of smartwatches and related Android mobile products, individuals can get a more comprehensive, integrated view of their health and wellness.
The open platform is now available for developers and Google says the platform SDK will drop within the coming weeks.
Although no one is criticizing Google for tackling health and fitness, some are wondering if the platform goes far enough (it’s the same criticism that was directed toward Apple after the company showed off HealthKit at WWDC 2014 earlier this month).
“Even if the platform aggregates lots of fitness and biometrics data, the question is whether Google will be able to do something meaningful with the data,” says Mark Sullivan of VentureBeat.
And plenty of healthcare professionals are wondering the same.
“The general population wants their data to be collected passively, interpreted by someone else, and fed back to them in the form of actionable insights,” Dr. Molly Maloof, told Sullivan on Wednesday. “Google seems to be collecting companies that are great on data collection and aggregation, but as we have seen with Google Flu trends, sometimes the data scientists interpret information inaccurately.”
While Google is clearly angling to capture a hearty portion of the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, the company may fall short of doing that if it falls short of giving consumers a truly meaningful solution that empowers users to improve their well-being in a groundbreaking fashion.