Media reported that Google is rolling out a redesigned user interface for its Android, Wear OS and iOS fitness tracking apps to put more emphasis on step tracking than on minutes of exercise. “We recognize that planning remains the most familiar activity target for many users, and it is a good starting point for many users to move toward engagement,” a company representative said in a blog post.
It adds that many users follow the number of steps in Google Fit and other fitness tracking apps every day, which is an important goal for them.
After listening closely to everyone’s feedback, Google Fit decided to move back to a user interface focused on heart movement and steps.
Of course, the previously dominant movement minutes were not completely eliminated, as you can still view the indicator in the ring chart at the top of the app, while another ring refers to heart movement integrals.
Users increase their scores with exercises that boost their heart rate, and the American Heart Association and WHO recommend reaching at least 150 Heart Points a week.
To help users try to get to their goals every day, Google has added a progress card to the app. Heart Points on the Wear OS side has also been updated to make it easier for users to start exercising.
The last time Google pushed a UI update to Android users, it dates back to August 2018. The iOS version was also launched in 2019, introducing two metrics for the platform, Exercise Minutes and Heart Rate Points.