Google Fit will soon be a more reliable workout companion thanks to several new features that are currently in the works.
According to an APK teardown by Android Police of version 1.6.1, your goal tracking will soon get a lot more detailed. There’s a new climbing goal, which could be used if you’re running the stairs or possibly using something like a climbing wall.
Beyond that there are specific exercises you’ll be able to track, such as an abdominal crunch, bench press, Russian twist (sounds painful), and tricep extension. There were 51 new exercises discovered in the code, although there could certainly be more when an updated version arrives.
A couple of other new features include improvements to the detected activity confirmations, with a goal of making them more reliable. I’ve found will sometimes wrongly attribute a brisk walk to a bike ride or even a run.
None of the above are live just yet; the latest version has no readily visible new features, and all this stuff is just buried in the code, waiting for a future release. Additionally there’s evidence that Fit will finally get the round app treatment, just like most other Google apps get, for better uniformity with launchers that support the new standard, like that on the Pixel.
One item that’s actually live now is an ability to backup the app’s data to an external source. However, this isn’t something you’re likely to need if you stick to syncing all the content with your Google account across devices.
Why this matters: Much of this will become more important when Google rolls out Android Wear 2.0 and makes a bigger push with its wearable platform. Things are kind of at a standstill now, with Android Wear 2.0 delayed to 2017. If you have an approved watch, however, you can try out the developer preview.