A recent news leak about “Google Fit,” a service that monitors an individual’s health statistics, is the larger race to control the networked life still being unreported?
Google plans to rollout a Google Fit
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) plans to rollout a Google Fit, a new health service that that could launch late June aggregates data from health related applications and popular fitness trackers such as that offered by Nike, a Forbes report revealed.
The service would be a direct challenge to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s HealthKit framework, but does it play into a larger and perhaps more interesting trend? Is there a race on between Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Apple, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and a few other players to be the dominate player to aggregate a networked life? As previously noted in ValueWalk, the company that controls household computer applications will influence purchasing decisions across a spectrum of products that integrate into the master computer platform. From one perspective, Google Fit is a critical component in the networked life, keeping track of someone vital health developments. But it also raises the question: will the information now be exposed to hackers or abuse?
Google Fit integrating integration unclear
The report noted that Google Fit integrating with Android or operating as a stand-alone product was unclear. According to separate ValueWalk computer programming sources, the mobile program language used for Android is said to be much more complex and cumbersome than that of Apple, which could make integration a phase two project. Integration of Google Fit is a highly likely scenario as operating someone’s life off a mobile phone is becoming a major trend. Forbes speculated that Google may want its new health platform to tie into Android Wear, Google’s operating system for wearable devices. Separate sources say programming for Android Wear and the Android mobile phone network would likely be done in concert.
Currently Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android continues to lead the race to control the mobile phone platform, with nearly 80 percent market share to Apple’s 14.8 percent share. In the future of the networked house, the integration into the mobile operating system would be key, potentially leading to influence over such purchasing decisions. This said, the report noted that firms deploying the Android operating system could customize the application to suit their strategy goals. For instance, Samsung could replace Google Fit with its own application health aggregation software.
What will Internet of All Things cost the people?
There is no doubt control of the Internet of All Things will have tremendous value, but at what cost to people whose lives are becoming ever more dependent on technology that has a history of breaks, bugs and is open to manipulation?
The Forbes report notes that Google Fit will aggregate data through open APIs that share access. Separate concerns from ValueWalk sources have been raised regarding security. With hackers known to sit in coffee shops and hack into computers sharing the open network, open APIs and sharing of information with other applications might be considered a point of weakness for a hacker.
The Forbes report noted that concerns for privacy in highly sensitive data such as health information is a concern slowing down advancement of the project.