Google released a preview of its software development kit for fitness apps on Aug. 7. The software will interact with wearable devices and enable a variety of apps to benefit from information about a user’s fitness history stored on a centralized interface.
There are three types of application programming interfaces (APIs) available:
The sensor API will enable apps to interact with sensors on wearables or Android devices, the recording API will store fitness data–such as a runner’s location–in the Internet’s “cloud,” and the history API will perform retrospective analysis of the data.
The preview kit enables developers to get a head start on their apps in preparation for the launch of Google Fit for handsets, Android Wear and the Internet. In spite of efforts by Google to aid developers, they may find themselves impeded by the FDA, warned Scott Gottlieb, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.