It was a long time coming, but Google finally updated its Fit workout app Tuesday with a new look, new goals, and a new points-based motivation for encouraging activity. There's an Apple-like focus on completing rings, and users can earn Heart Points for engaging in increasingly intensive activities. But like the Google Fit of old, the main reason for the app's existence isn't your pocket or handbag, it's your wrist.
The new features of the Fit app, Move Minutes and Heart Points, are tailor made for a smartwatch. So it's no surprise that Google will be giving its Wear OS app an update as well, the first significant refresh since Google Fit launched as part of Android Wear 2.0 in February 2017. A new interface and features might not mean much on the surface, but consider the trickle of smallish Android Wear/Wear OS-related announcements Google has made recently:
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