Google Fit continues its progress from its humble step-counter beginnings with a major update. It now shows you much more detail about your workouts, and presents the data it gathers in a more useful way.
Fit now has a home screen where workouts appear in Google Now-style cards. But that’s not all: At the top of that screen, you can always see your minutes of exercise, distance, kilojoules and steps for the day. Below that are your goals, and then your workouts and other cards
Where the old Google Fit allowed you to set a daily goal, like 30 minutes of exercise per day, the update now allows more than one type of goal. You can set a goal for the week or month, like “run four times”. The home screen also shows your progress toward that goal, and whether you’ve reached that goal in the past. Right now, I can see that I met my 30-minute goal every day this week except Sunday, and that I’m three runs into my four-run goal for the week.
Another new feature is that Google Fit tracks records: Your longest and farthest run, for example. I swiped the card away for now, but Fit promises that it will let me know when I break those records.
Fit’s home screen also has a card for your weight, and it shows a graph that tries to even out the day-to-day variation. On the bright side, this is a better display than my Withings scale’s app provides. On the downside, it remembered my pregnancy weight gain and loss from last year and smoothed them into a bizarre post-baby gain.
The update also includes a new watch face for Android Wear and a new home screen widget.