As we mentioned before, smart fitness trackers have become very popular in recent years. They play music for you while you work out, keep tabs on your health data, and even give quick tips to make you better at exercise.
Most of these apps have their own way of organizing all this information, but most people don’t use them because they feel like there are too many choices. There are so many different apps that offer similar features it can be hard to know which one is best for you!
That’s why it’s a great time to compare the two biggest players in the health tracking game — Google and Samsung.
Google has its own app called “Fit” that works similarly to other wellness apps such as Apple’s Health or Microsoft’s Withfit. You can add notes, create reminders, and view all of your past activity and stats via web and mobile devices.
But what makes Google Fit special is that it integrates with Gmail. If you get an email from someone, you can access their profile directly through the tracker. And if you have photos attached, you get shown thumbnails automatically.
This feature alone is pretty cool, but what really sets it apart is something we discussed earlier: both you and the person sending the message can pick any name for each other. It doesn’t matter who sent what or how they labeled themselves, only they can edit it later.
With Google Fit, you have more settings and features than with Samsung Health. You can view all of your activities directly from the app or through an activity feed.
You get much more detail when it comes to each activity, too. For example, you’ll know what kind of exercise you just completed and how long you spent doing it. There are also wider categorizations for workouts that make sense, such as “Yoga” or “Running”.
There is an overall health grade which changes depending on your fitness level and if you’re in shape or not. If you are in good shape, you’ll see a healthier score than someone who doesn’t work out as often. It’s always looking at yourself honestly – nothing funny about it!
Google Fit was one of the first third-party smartphone apps to really take off. Since its launch back in May 2016, it has quickly become one of the top fitness trackers apps across both Android and iOS devices.
Nowadays, it seems like every major mobile operating system offers some sort of native workout tracking functionality within their respective app stores. This includes BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone, and even Firefox OS (which is now owned by Mozilla).
But while most of these services offer similar core functionalities, they vary slightly in terms of appearance, integration, and overall usability.
Both apps are great
While both Samsung Health and Google Fit have their strengths, there is one area where one app clearly dominates over the other. And that’s in cost-effectiveness.
Google has made its fitness tracking software free to use, which means you get all of the features with no monthly fees! You can easily transfer your data from Google Fit to another service, like MyFitnessPal or Strava, by exporting it.
And while you do need to pay for an account on either health platform, you can always download the mobile app instead of using the web interface. The mobile apps are almost as good, if not better than the website versions, so this option is still worth it.
Samsung also offers a premium version of its health and fitness app, but only for those who want more features and additional tools. These include separate trackers for yoga and swimming, for example.
They are both useful
Having more than one app to manage your health data is good, but which one is better depends on what you want from your apps. Both of these free apps have enough features to make them worthy of your time.
Google Fit was designed specifically for people who value simplicity. It does not offer as many features as some other apps do, but it is very easy to use.
Samsung Health has lots of bells and whistles that can be fun to play with, but may confuse users if they do not know how to navigate their app.
The best way to find out which one is better for you will depend on whether you like more intuitive interfaces or complex ones. If simple wins you over, then try both and see which one fits you better!
Google Fit won’t let you create accounts unless you provide at least one email address, so make sure to check yours before giving up. You also need an Android device running Android 5.0 or higher to use Google Fit.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Samsung Health allows you to add all sorts of extra features such as tracking workouts, sleep, and daily activities.
Which app you should get depends on your preferences
Both apps have their strengths, but which one is better for you will depend on what you want to do with your health and fitness.
Google Fit was designed specifically to be easy to use. It has all of the features that most people would need, like tracking exercises, sleep, and nutrition.
But Google Fit can also connect to other apps and services, making it more powerful than Samsung’s own app. For example, you can link Google Fit up with MyFitnessPal or Withings so that it automatically adds those foods to your Nutrient Database.
And although they are both free to use, premium accounts come with additional features, such as being able to access some workouts directly from the app instead of having to go through YouTube first.
With these extra perks, paid users get more functionality out of Google Fit, which may make it worth the cost if you are looking to dive into health tracking seriously.
One app did not make it to the final cut
While both have their strengths, one of them does not seem to be making much of an impact these days. That is the case with Samsung’s own health and fitness tracking app, called Samsung Health.
Samsung has already made some significant changes to its software since launch, but unfortunately, they have decided to pull the plug on this service as we know it today.
The company announced in late May that users would soon no longer be able to use Samsung Health to sync external trackers like Withings or RunKeeper. This includes syncing workout routines, weight checks, and sleep data, all outside apps!
There are still ways to access most of this information directly through the device, but having a third-party solution take over was what hurtned the app’t success.
Google also makes you look very closely at how well it works before deciding whether to spend money on its services, which can sometimes feel more like a bait and switch tactic than anything else.
So why didn’t Samsung keep up? We asked those close to the situation for answers, and here’s what they told us.
Both apps work the same way
As mentioned before, both of these health tracking apps have you create an account through their site or app, then you can begin using them. They use this to connect with other services like Slack, Facebook, and others.
The one thing that may be confusing is what term they use for what part of the app does. They call it “Track” but we will just refer to it as “Track�” because it has no other name. We will also assume that the terms ‘fit’ and ‘health’ are self-explanatory.
Both track your steps, sleep, activities, and more
They do so in the exact same way. You must add all of the tracks to each service manually, however. Only some sources directly integrate with the other app. This can be done via a link or by having the app source the information itself.
Overall, Samsung Health is slightly better than Google Fit at supporting certain functions and features. It has direct integration with many fitness apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, and MyFitnessPal, while Google requires you to upload the data yourself first.
Google fit also offers daily and weekly summaries which Samsung doesn’t.
They both offer the same features
Both Samsung’s and Google’s health and fitness trackers include calorie tracking, sleep monitoring, stress detection, and more. You can also add services like glucose tracking for diabetics or weight loss tracking for those trying to lose fat or gain muscle.
You get the exact same features from either one of these apps and it is totally dependent on which app you choose how you use them.
Google has slightly better reviews than Samsung so that could be why some people prefer Google over Samsung.
They both offer tracking for the same things
Both health trackers have their strengths and weaknesses, which make which one is better dependent on your needs.
Google fit was designed to be more comprehensive than just fitness. You can add running schedules, yoga classes, and swimming lessons to get all of that information from them.
They also give you quick access to some basic stats about your activity, sleep, and nutrition.
But unfortunately, they are not as interactive or easy to use as Samsung’s app. For example, you cannot ask questions like “How active was I today?” or “Did I overwork myself yesterday?”
You can’t create an exercise reminder either, only set goals (like doing 10 minutes of walking every day). There is no way to connect with friends or other apps to help keep you motivated.
Overall though, the mobile apps feel very well done and elegant, making it easy to use at any time. – David Haight
This section will discuss what differentiates Samsung Health from Google Fit. We will go into detail and compare these features side by side.