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Google Fit App Gets a ‘Browse’ Tab With New Data Logging Options

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The Google Fit app for Android and iOS are getting a new ‘Browse’ tab. This tab helps users locate fitness and health data across all connected apps in one convenient location. Browse is located between the ‘Journal’ and ‘Profile’ tabs on the Fit app.

The new tab has six health data categories with their own icons for easier identification. Each category has its own set of graphs and cards that can also be found in the ‘Home’ tab. The changes are part of version 2.61.14 of the Google Fit app for Android, per 9to5Google.

Dedicated ‘Discover’ sections offer tips and information on third-party apps compatible with Fit. The first new section under Browse is Activity which covers common aspects like Steps, Distance, Move Minutes, Step Cadence, Daily Goals, etc. Next up is the Body measurements category which shows metrics like height, weight, and body fat.

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The Vitals category has crucial health-related measurements, including heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, body temperature, etc. Users now have more options to log data from third-party apps on Fit.

Google Fit now includes a new ‘Delete your data’ option

The Nutrition category takes your calorie intake and hydration into account. Sleep measures the duration of your sleep as well as a bedtime schedule. Lastly, Cycle tracking helps track menstrual cycles. Tapping the overflow menu in each of these sections shows you a ‘Connected apps’ option.

As for other features, users can now head over to Settings from the Profile tab to find “Delete your data.” This option was previously named “Manage your Fit data” and has been renamed to allow more flexibility with data removal. Furthermore, a new section named “Manage Fit data permissions” has also been added with the update.

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Android’s default health tracking service, Google Fit has seen several changes over the past couple of years. Earlier this year, the app received a new feature to measure a user’s respiratory rate using only the camera on an Android phone. This feature sought to help Android users without a wearable or fitness tracker.

To measure heart rate, the user had to place their finger on the rear camera. As for the respiratory rate, the user has to position the front camera in a way that it can capture you from above the torso. This is because measuring the respiratory rate via the camera requires the camera to see how you breathe.