Forbes first reported about Google’s plans to reveal its new platform called Google Fit as the answers to Samsung’s SAMI platform as well as Apple’s Healthkit. However, if we go to Google’s history, we can see that Google has already tried to enter the health sector almost 6 years ago and closed down the service after 3 years of launch, due to the scalability issues.
Back in 2008, Google launched Google Health as a health data aggregation service, not for wearables, but as a medical records storage on behalf of patients. However, the things hadn’t went well with Google as neither healthcare providers took interest in Google Health, nor patients. So, Google shuts down the service in 2011, after 3 years of launch.
According to the official webpage:
Google Health has been permanently discontinued. All data remaining in Google Health user accounts as of January 2, 2013 is being systematically destroyed, and Google is no longer able to recover any Google Health data for any user. To learn more about this announcement, see our blog post, or answers to frequently-asked questions below.
In its official blog post, Google said:
When we launched Google Health, our goal was to create a service that would give people access to their personal health and wellness information. We wanted to translate our successful consumer-centered approach from other domains to healthcare and have a real impact on the day-to-day health experiences of millions of our users.
This time, the thing would be easier for Google to store user-health data as everything would be synchronized automatically from users’ wearable devices such as Nike FuelBands, Fitbits, Jawbone UPs, Samsung Simbands and other similar fitness tracking gadgets. As there are plenty of fitness bands, health trackers and smartwatches available in the market, we could see even more device launches in coming days. Hence, Google’s intention is clear; take on the new market before its competitors does.
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