Google Fit Now Tracks Sleep, Adds Dark Mode

Look for improved sleep insights and dark theme in the Google Fit app (via Google)

Fitness means more than washboard abs and toned arms.

So Google Fit is rolling out improved sleep insights and dark mode to its iOS and Android apps.

“We understand that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more than just tracking what you do on the go,” Product Manager Defne Gurel wrote in a blog post. “It’s also about resting up and powering down.”

Now, in addition to recording Heart Points and Move Minutes, users can track sleep patterns.

Simply connect your favorite (or randomly-chosen-from-the-app-store) sleep program to Google Fit to keep an eye on your hibernation habits: Get a better sense of whether you need to start going to sleep earlier or convince your partner to wear an anti-snoring device.

Add to or edit your sleep history via the “Journal” feature.

Google Fit’s new dark theme, meanwhile, is easy on the eyes (and the phone battery), helping to lull users into a deep, relaxing, restful sleep.

Gurel also introduced map routes for iPhone—a function already available on Android that plots your running, hiking, or cycling paths. The new function pairs with Google Wear OS, Apple watchOS, and other connected apps.

The iOS update comes four months after Google Fit first landed on iDevices (four and a half years post-Android launch).

Manually enter activities—everything from aerobics to Zumba—as well as calories burned, steps taken, and distance traveled. Or connect Apple Health-compatible apps like Sleep Cycle, Nike Run Club, and Headspace to sync with Google Fit.

Smartwatch wearers, of course, have a direct link to the service, which automatically documents workout sessions.

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