Google Fit - tracken activities, measure, count and value [Exclusive Guide]

The item to the end of Google My Tracks and the possible alternatives, or rather in its comments, the question arose why I Google Fit not mentioned. This was mainly because I have attempted only once briefly Google Fit, as it was not much more than a pedometer.

However, a rather unreliable, which is why I also eventually not used this app. And so it remained for me then still a simple pedometer. Now I let myself but like disabuse and so it was with Google Fit. I’ve tried it a little more and see there are still many weaknesses, but also potential and depending on the use it is a very useful tool.

Screenshot: Google Fit für Android

So what makes Google Fit. Basically, it uses primarily the sensors of the smartphone and then detects the movement of the wearer. And this is where do you get the first vulnerability: the Handset One must always bear “the man” when you want to capture so that the entire day. If it times lying on the desk, one moves while walking to the bathroom almost on its own statistics over. 😉

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Google Fit then detects whether one goes normal, run faster or even traveling by bicycle. And because a smartphone always knows where it is located, the route will also coincide with recorded. Because here comes no GPS is used, the recording but does not claim to accuracy and the distance is only estimated.

Sportartenauswahl In addition to automatic recognition and detection of movement and activity can also, and that was my date for example. New, start activities specifically for recording. Here you have a really wide choice and it should pretty much all sports to be covered, which can make the inclined recreational athletes.

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Unfortunately, here comes again the estimate for carrying. Exactly, it is abundantly appreciated. Only if the spotlight will start the activities “running” or “cycling”, GPS is used. The app explains this by the increased energy consumption by GPS. The Automatic Discovery that may well be in order, but if you want to specifically tracken an activity, then one also is clear, that is so GPS and power consumption associated. Too bad, then, that is a here made the choice.

But like everywhere you can also trick, of course: It then starts up a run or a bike ride, then makes peace in his thing and afterwards to change the provided with now accurately recorded track activity on the correct sport. Although this is not particularly elegant, because Google could here so for example. Also the user to decide whether he his canoe (or whatever) would tracken with or without GPS, but it works.


The accuracy is such a thing, because where will be much appreciated, it is indeed often deviated. So I Google Fit times muster 3 directly against my Garmin Fenix ​​and quasi measured as a control value with a Garmin Oregon 550th The whole thing in a cozy canoe trip, so an activity in the Google Fit the track only estimates.

Google Fit came up with a distance traveled of 7 kilometers siehe Foto, the Garmin Fenix ​​3 in exactly 6,017 meters siehe Foto and the Oregon 550 recorded 6.03 km siehe Foto on. Thus the two GPS measurements are very up together, while a complete deviation kilometers at such a short distance is pretty fierce. And that needs to be mentioned, despite pure estimate “to conserve battery power” was very powerful sucked the battery.

After my obligatory bike training ride Google Fit reported way a distance of 48.6 kilometers, while the Garmin Edge 510 whole 51.29 km determined. Again, Google Fit has estimated, because I have the activity of any separate start. Otherwise Google Fit would indeed, precisely because they were cycling, working with GPS. This 3 km deviation at about 50 kilometers actual route are then but again acceptable. Because if you want it exactly then one works anyway with GPS. Only that the average consumer, who completed just on “home remedies” such as Google Fit relies rather short distances and because the deviation is just serious.

Additional data capture

According to the settings menu can be left to rely on data from state sensors Google Fit now. This is for a pulse data from Android Wear Ables, but should also be connected pulse belts and the like via Bluetooth. So I also looked whether leave my pulse belts ever directly connect to the smartphone. Unfortunately, they did not. Here, then “real” Fitness Apps have the edge, because recognizing a BT Smart pulse belt itself and use it without direct coupling to the handset.

In short, here the technique itself was probably something in the way and I could not test this feature.


Like all fitness trackers can make all collected data show quite nice graphically at the end by Google Fit. The focus is on Google Fit on the way to the flight time. While elsewhere things like step numbers and routes to be used as a target, Google Fit wants to see a certain total travel time until reaching today’s destination is reported.

In addition to the travel time will be displayed in the basic view all intensive activities in a timeline, short activities can thereby be displayed on request. And who wants to know exactly who the individual data can also watch on a day chart.


Google Fit is probably the first app or the first Fitness Tracker, where I’m not really sure what to make of it. Google Fit can basically already a lot, but it hardly anything really convincing. Much good that may be, but at least for my needs well enough.

But if you go back to the actual task which so moved this app only in my focus, namely , the search for alternatives to Google My Tracks , then I’d see this as quite viable alternative. Presumably the Google looks well and does My Tracks a reason.

So if you only keep an eye on his daily exercise and wants to attract it to something more, who just going to want tracken the Gassi round Pfiffi, which will be quite satisfied with Google Fit. However, he must then live with it, that will not just conserve the battery of his handset. All others should however be better to resort to “more professional” means.

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