Goodbye to another Google service: its closure will cause millions of bracelets, scales and apps to stop working

goodbye to another google service its closure will cause millions of bracelets, scales and apps to stop working
goodbye to another google service its closure will cause millions of bracelets, scales and apps to stop working

Google has confirmed the closure of the Google Fit API, its health and sports service, and will force developers to switch to another.

If you use Google products , there’s always the chance that the company will announce its death on any given day; That’s true with all tech companies, but at Google it seems to be part of their company culture. It is a risk that all users should already take into account and that has given rise to more than one ‘scare’, such as when it was rumored that Gmail was going to close .

Google has never been afraid to shut down a product or service in the name of progress; regardless of who and how many are harmed. Normally it usually presents an alternative, although it is not always up to the level of the canceled service; A recent example is the closure of Google Podcasts , which still has features not present in its replacement, YouTube Music . Hangouts and Google Chat are another recent example.


Now, history repeats itself with the closure of Google Fit; specifically, its API, the set of instructions that developers can use to create apps and devices that connect to the service. After blocking access to new developers on May 1, the company has confirmed the complete closure of the service on June 30, 2025 .

Goodbye to Google Fit

The Google Fit API was launched in 2014, as a response to Apple’s platform for the Apple Watch. The idea was the same, encouraging developers to create apps and devices that connected to the Google cloud to manage users’ health data . By saving the data of our exercises, fitness sessions, heart rate, stress, sleep and more, in one place, the goal was that the apps could help the user have their health better controlled.

However, in recent years Google’s strategy with fitness and health has changed a lot. Not only did it begin to develop another separate platform, called Health Connect , but in 2021 Google bought Fitbit , one of the largest independent platforms in the sector; Thus, Google has found that it has no less than three services that do the same thing , gather health information in one place so that it is accessible by developers (although they do it differently).

So the death of Google Fit was inevitable, despite the consequences. When Google ‘turns off’ the servers, all apps and devices connected to the platform will immediately stop working correctly; They will no longer be able to upload health data to the cloud, and in some cases, their functionality will be very limited because they will not be able to access that information.

Although Google Fit is not very popular, it has received support from many health apps and many manufacturers have used it in their smart bracelets and health-related devices, such as connected scales that automatically send weight data. Those devices will stop working on June 30, 2025 ; In some cases, they could continue to function without uploading data, but in others, they will be of absolutely no use and will become electronic waste.

To avoid this, Google has announced a migration process to Health Connect; but there are two problems. To begin with, Health Connect is only available in a limited way, on devices with Android 14 and up, so many users would be abandoned; but also, Health Connect is not a real substitute for Google Fit , since it does not offer cloud data storage (according to Google, for privacy).

So developers would be forced not only to move to another service, but to create their own cloud platform to maintain the same functionalities. In practice, it is much more likely that the majority will not bother and that these devices will simply stop working overnight.


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