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Google Fit: Another Try At Health Data?
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danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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6/14/2014 | 9:48:22 PM
Google Fit Devices
Not only will Google likely announced Fit-related devices from manufacturers, I would expect them to do the normail I/O thing and give a wearable away to developers. 

The company has been very smart about this over the years. In order to influence developers, Google gives away hardware products at I/O in order to get developers using the products. 

Wearables will be a huge market. Question is, what about the potential privacy issues that these gadgets may bring?
PaulS681
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6/15/2014 | 9:33:48 AM
health data is good

I think this stuff is cool and makes it fun to stay healthy. An easy way to record and track activity and blood pressure makes people more inclined to monitor it. I think Google will have a little more success this time around.

PaulS681
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6/15/2014 | 9:38:23 AM
Re: Google Fit Devices

@danielcawrey... The unfortunate reality of privacy rears its ugly head. It is, or should be, a big concern and no doubt someone will find a way to bring it to the forefront. It will be interesting how this is handled.

Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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6/16/2014 | 12:56:02 AM
Google Fit
"Google's ongoing competition with Apple to dominate the mobile device market will continue as wearable devices proliferate. Apple announced at its Worldwide Developer Conference last week that it plans to ship a health app as part of iOS 8 later this year to store health and fitness data."

Thomas, thanks for this update. I think Apples latest announcement made Google to release their product much before others get productizing their idea. Since Google is a software company they have to depend their vendors like Samsung, HTC, LG etc for hardware and implementation.
Brian.Dean
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6/16/2014 | 1:41:57 AM
Re: Google Fit Devices
@Paul, you are right, it's only a matter of time before an incident emerges that breaks privacy and causes damage. Having said that, the average consumer will gain lots of benefits from health monitoring (data enables the scientific method) and there will be a few incident where health monitoring manages to change the lives of individuals with serious health conditions, like insulin has helped diabetes.
Brian.Dean
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6/16/2014 | 1:55:15 AM
Re: Google Fit
Gigi3, interesting point, it makes me wonder whether Microsoft is in a better situation with the acquiring of Nokia, since having a hardware unit makes it easier for developers to plan ahead. If Microsoft could take the open source model for software and hardware in the wearable's arena, then innovation and achieving market scale could be gained in no time.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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6/16/2014 | 10:18:45 AM
Re: Google Fit Devices
@Daniel I'm curious to see what gadgets are given out at I/O this year. I would expect a wearable device too. I expect a snazzy health analytics dashboard to go with. Tracking and storing data is only part of the package. I think we'll eventually see a pro and standard version of health analytics from the new Google Fit service.
Alison_Diana
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6/16/2014 | 5:25:38 PM
Re: health data is good
I agree -- and with Glass, Google already has a differentiator from Apple and Samsung, which is no doubt what it planned all along.
Alison_Diana
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6/16/2014 | 5:29:15 PM
Re: Google Fit Devices
I don't think a wearable data breach is what we need to worry about in the healthcare space. I'm far more concerned about a breach occuring at a large insurer, a government agency (like the VA or Medicare), or one of these huge health systems than a Fitbit-like company. After all, Fitbit doesn't have your social, insurance info, or other data that's valued at about $50-$60, the value of your medical record. As I wrote last month, healthcare is far less secure than retail! That is not a good sign.
Gigi3
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6/19/2014 | 1:06:15 AM
Re: Google Fit
"interesting point, it makes me wonder whether Microsoft is in a better situation with the acquiring of Nokia, since having a hardware unit makes it easier for developers to plan ahead. If Microsoft could take the open source model for software and hardware in the wearable's arena, then innovation and achieving market scale could be gained in no time."

Brian,  that can also be possible. That's the case for Apple also, but Google has to depend third part vendors like Samsung, HTC, LG etc for their hardware.
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