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Fitness trackers turn health into a game that users rarely win

Wearables seldom make us healthier. Will Google's "heart points" be any better?
Google Fit interface heart points move minutes redesign wearables

Google Fit's redesign is more user-friendly and data-based than ever. But will it actually get you moving?


In August, Google announced a major redesign for its health tracking platforms: Google Fit for Androids and Wear OS for iPhones. Instead of simple step counts, users will now find information on “move minutes” and “heart points.” On the surface, it’s an attempt to contextualize raw data for customers who don’t know how much activity they really need in the first place. But whether it will do the hard work of actually motivating users to stay active remains to be seen.

To reconfigure the service, which pulls data from wearables on your wrist into a tracking app on your phone, designers at Google consulted experts at the American Health Association and the World Health Organization. The changes aim to

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