Google Coach to Bring AI-Based Fitness Suggestions to Wear OS-Running Smartwatches: Report

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Google Coach to Bring AI-Based Fitness Suggestions to Wear OS-Running Smartwatches: Report

Google Coach is claimed to proactively offer health and fitness data through smartwatches.

Highlights

  • Google is rumoured to have plans for a wearable-focused digital assistant
  • It could be dubbed Google Coach
  • The assistant could eventually reach Android TV and Google Home

While Google Assistant is getting better and moving beyond smartphones, Google is now reportedly in plans to bring a digital assistant - focused on fitness - to smartwatches as well. The assistant, rumoured as Google Coach, is likely to bring a bunch of artificial intelligence (AI) to wearables running Google's Wear OS. The search giant is said to be in plans to offer some health- and fitness-focused features through Google Coach. This could also help you log your gyming activities and receive future suggestions based on your workout routines. As Google isn't alone in enhancing Wear OS and companies such as Qualcomm are set to support the platform for its future against Apple's watchOS, some hardware-based features may also come with the rumoured digital assistant.

Google Coach, said to be internally known as Project Wooden, will proactively show you health and fitness updates by leveraging the personal data captured by Google, reports Android Police. The assistant is said to recommend workout routines as well as help you track your progress and recommend alternatives in case if you miss a planned workout. Further, it records your gyming activities to give you future suggestions.

Apart from tracking activities, it is said that Google will help you monitor your nutrition and recommend food accordingly through the new assistant. Google Coach could also provide you with a weekly meal plan and shopping list through an email that you can use to stay fit. Likewise, it is reported that the digital assistant could access your calendar data to see how many meals are required to be planned.

Google is reportedly building conversational notifications to address notification overloads by serving a number of wellbeing features through the Coach assistant. There might be a single notification to incorporate your daily steps, water intake, and medication.

The initial rollout of Google Coach could be limited to Wear OS, though features will work with phones. Eventually, the Coach assistant could reach other connected devices based on Google's platforms, including Android TV and Google Home.

It is unclear when Google will formally launch the Coach assistant. However, one thing is clear that the Mountain View, California-based company is set to make the competition tougher for Apple by enhancing Wear OS and on that enhancement journey, health and fitness are likely to play a vital role. The company already has its Google Fit, but it largely lacks when comparing it with the fitness features available on watchOS. Samsung also uplifted its Tizen platform and recently unveiled the Galaxy Watch to grab some market share from Apple and Google.

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