Google Fit Gets Strength Training Auto-Tracking On Wear 2.0

Google Fit has received a new strength training auto-tracking feature on Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, thanks to a new app update that Google is pushing out for Android Wear and smartphones. It's also now possible to change the units of measurement directly from the watch if you want to, with options for switching the measurement up for energy, weight, distance, and height. The update should already be live on the Play Store for whatever device you're using it on, though the update may not show up immediately for all users. If that's the case you can still grab the latest version of Google Fit for your device, which should push you forward to version 1.64, by hitting the button down below to grab the APK and sideload the app installation.

If you're interested in using the new tracking feature, once you open Google Fit and go to record a workout or exercise you should see strength training as a new option and once you select that, you can move right into your exercise and Google Fit will make an attempt to detect what type of strength training exercise it is, though there is no guarantee it will get it right every time. If it should happen to get things wrong after the workout is over, you should have options to change to the correct workout. Having said that there is also no reason to doubt its ability to accurately guess until proven otherwise. From here the feature will track your watch motion to analyze and record the number of reps you're doing, and once you're done you can initiate the tracking feature to stop by hitting a dedicated stop button.

Google even gives users further control by allowing them the capability to modify the number of recorded repetitions after the exercise is over with a simple to use slider bar, this way if the recording didn't catch every single rep you can adjust it so the information is correct when all is said and done. When you're doing strength training or any type of workout really, it's important to have little points of rest in between sets, and the strength training tracker accounts for this to, though Google did implement an option for users to skip the rest period if they simply want to keep going. You can also change the rest timer to be longer or shorter depending on what you need to fit into your workout.

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