Google's Android Wear for iOS confirmed incompatible with Apple's HealthKit

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in iPhone edited September 2015
In announcing Android Wear for iOS on Monday, Google noted users can track steps, calories and other biometric readings in-app, but failed to confirm HealthKit compatibility. It has since been learned that Google chose not to integrate with Apple's platform, instead opting for its own Google Fit service.




Representatives from Apple and Google told BuzzFeed News that Android Wear does not offer access to the HealthKit framework, meaning wearables running the operating system must use Google's competing Google Fit system to log fitness and health measurements.

A Google spokesperson confirmed Android Wear for iOS "bypasses" HealthKit, but "absolutely supports the mass majority of Wear features we see our Android users using and loving." An Apple representative said the choice was entirely Google's.

Android Wear for iOS launched on Monday to bridge the gap between Google's smartwatch platform and Apple's iOS hardware. The app serves to expand Android Wear's reach into Apple's consumer base, a demographic previously unable to take full advantage of Android-based smartwatches due in large part to software incompatibility.

Google's decision is not surprising considering the ongoing turf war between iOS and Android, not to mention the potential value of user-generated data, but the move ultimately hurts iPhone owners who prefer Android Wear devices over Apple Watch. A reluctance to concede data is not unprecedented, especially in the health quantification world, however. Fitbit, for example, has long refused to support HealthKit.

Full HealthKit integration on the level seen with third-party fitness devices and Apple's own Watch product allows for cross-app data sharing, a feature important to information aggregation and a streamlined user experience. For example, Apple's Health app collects biometric data from HealthKit-compatible devices to serve as a central repository for a user's health and fitness technology ecosystem.
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  • Reply 1 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I see zero reason why an iPhone user would want an Android Wear device. If I wanted something round that badly I'd just get a mechanical watch and forget about smartwatches.
  • Reply 2 of 34
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Everything in Apple's favor.

    Thank God.
  • Reply 3 of 34
    I'm Shocked! Shocked! You mean Apple isn't going to allow Google to harvest health data to sell to advertisers? Shocked
  • Reply 4 of 34
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,705member
    Don't worry, Googs will find a way to extract data from HealthKit with or without your permission.
  • Reply 5 of 34
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    creek0512 wrote: »
    I'm Shocked! Shocked! You mean Apple isn't going to allow Google to harvest health data to sell to advertisers? Shocked

    I'm sure HealthKit is open so Apple wouldn't mind Giggle using it.

    But harvesting data makes sense, that's probably why Giggle didn't use it.
  • Reply 6 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    creek0512 wrote: »
    I'm Shocked! Shocked! You mean Apple isn't going to allow Google to harvest health data to sell to advertisers? Shocked

    According to the article it was Google's decision, not Apple's.
  • Reply 7 of 34
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post



    I see zero reason why an iPhone user would want an Android Wear device. If I wanted something round that badly I'd just get a mechanical watch and forget about smartwatches.

    Price.  You will be able to get Android wear devices for a fraction of what an Apple Watch costs. 

  • Reply 8 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    jungmark wrote: »
    Don't worry, Googs will find a way to extract data from HealthKit with or without your permission.
    An Apple spokeswoman confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Android Wear won’t integrate with HealthKit, Apple’s platform for developers of health and fitness apps. She also said that decision was entirely Google’s.
  • Reply 9 of 34
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,741member
    creek0512 wrote: »
    I'm Shocked! Shocked! You mean Apple isn't going to allow Google to harvest health data to sell to advertisers? Shocked
    'll guess you were jesting but for the benefit of casual readers:
    Google doesn't allow health data to be used nor even collected for advertising purposes. It's just one of several things Google says can't be used, regarded as off-limits sensitive personal information. Other verboten categories include:

    -interest or participation in adult activities (including alcohol, gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.)
    -sexual behavior or orientation, such as sexual orientation inferred from a user's visit to a particular website
    -racial or ethnic information, such as from sites or apps that collect affirmative racial or ethnic identification from visitors
    -political affiliation (other than the public registration information of United States voters), such as from sites or apps that solicit or store people's affirmative political stances
    -trade union membership or affiliation, such as a user's visit to a trade union's site or app
    -religion or religious belief, such as from sites or apps that collect people's affirmative information on religion or religious beliefs
    -negative financial status or situation, such as information indicating that a user has a low credit rating or high debt load
    -health or medical information, such as from sites or apps that market to a specific health-related group
    -status as a child under 13
    -the commission or alleged commission of any crime, such as information indicating that a user has a criminal record

    https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/143465?hl=en
  • Reply 10 of 34
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,652member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    ...but the move ultimately hurts iPhone owners who prefer Android Wear devices over Apple Watch. 

     

    Yeah... all what, three users?

  • Reply 11 of 34
    larryalarrya Posts: 548member
    Don't care about Health Kit integration. Don't use it now with FitBit or Garmin. Not a deal breaker if I want GPS or waterproofing or a 5-day battery or an always-on display or a better price or a round face or...actual options.
  • Reply 12 of 34
    rogifan wrote: »
    I see zero reason why an iPhone user would want an Android Wear device. If I wanted something round that badly I'd just get a mechanical watch and forget about smartwatches.

    I see countless reasons. Besides what Android Wear and its devices will be in a year, or 2… or 5… which will very likely have features and styles not offered by Apple, I can see how Android Wear — not Android Wristwatch OS — could be used by medical devices that use a stripped down and very specific version that you may use whilst wearing your Apple Watch.
  • Reply 13 of 34
    "Do know evil!" Gaagle will sell your health information to insurance companies, hide and watch!
  • Reply 14 of 34
    roakeroake Posts: 642member

    This won't last long.

  • Reply 15 of 34
    Perfect. That's one less reason to use Android Wear.
  • Reply 16 of 34
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,705member
    rogifan wrote: »

    Yea, they won't go through the official way. :)
  • Reply 17 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    jungmark wrote: »
    Yea, they won't go through the official way. :)

    How do they get through in an unofficial way? I thought iOS devices were secure?
  • Reply 18 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    solipsismy wrote: »
    I see countless reasons. Besides what Android Wear and its devices will be in a year, or 2… or 5… which will very likely have features and styles not offered by Apple, I can see how Android Wear — not Android Wristwatch OS — could be used by medical devices that use a stripped down and very specific version that you may use whilst wearing your Apple Watch.

    What is Android Wristwatch OS and how is that different than Android Wear?

    I was referring to the current crop of smartwatches running Android Wear. I see no compelling reason for an iPhone user to want one other than they just have to have a round display and don't care if functionality is limited or the UI is following Google'a design guidelines not Apple's.
  • Reply 19 of 34
    Why bother/
  • Reply 20 of 34
    pistispistis Posts: 247member
    gatorguy wrote: »
    'll guess you were jesting but for the benefit of casual readers:
    Google doesn't allow health data to be used nor even collected for advertising purposes. It's just one of several things Google says can't be used, regarded as off-limits sensitive personal information. Other verboten categories include:

    -interest or participation in adult activities (including alcohol, gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.)
    -sexual behavior or orientation, such as sexual orientation inferred from a user's visit to a particular website
    -racial or ethnic information, such as from sites or apps that collect affirmative racial or ethnic identification from visitors
    -political affiliation (other than the public registration information of United States voters), such as from sites or apps that solicit or store people's affirmative political stances
    -trade union membership or affiliation, such as a user's visit to a trade union's site or app
    -religion or religious belief, such as from sites or apps that collect people's affirmative information on religion or religious beliefs
    -negative financial status or situation, such as information indicating that a user has a low credit rating or high debt load
    -health or medical information, such as from sites or apps that market to a specific health-related group
    -status as a child under 13
    -the commission or alleged commission of any crime, such as information indicating that a user has a criminal record

    https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/143465?hl=en

    You actually believe Google ! Fascinating IMHO Google has been caught red handed lying before so where do you get your credibility from exactly?
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