Google Fit vs Samsung Health – Which one is better?

Are you a fitness nut? You must have totally looked for some fitness apps to go with your fitness watch. Yes, well there are multiple available on your respective app store and their advantages are plenty to list. But, finding and choosing the right one for yourself is quite a difficult task. If you ask us, we believe their are only two viable choices out there and it all boils down to these two, Samsung Health and Google Fit.

So, Google Fit vs Samsung Health, which is better, which one provides more and better features? Let us take a look.

Sure, there are also tons of other applications that are well known and renowned. One of which is the Apple Health. It is certainly not a bad choice either if you’re an iOS user, but for Android users, Apple Health is off the question. Android does allow you to use Samsung Health and Google Fit and they can easily be downloaded from the the App Store.

Google Fit vs Samsung Health

Here’s a thorough comparison of the two and the final verdict. Google Fit vs Samsung Health. Who wins?

Samsung Health

Obviously, if you have a Samsung ecosystem (phones and wearables) you’ll want to use the Samsung Health app. The app is by Samsung for Samsung users.

The list of compatible devices for Samsung Health is much shorter than that of Google Fit. Yes, you can download the Samsung Health app on Android and iOS devices (iOS 9.0 or newer smartphones). Unfortunately, this app is currently not compatible with any other wearable (smartwatches) other than those manufactured by Samsung.

The list of supported devices includes Gear Sports, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Watch Active 2, Gear Fit 2, Gear Fit 2 Pro, Samsung Gear S2, S3, and S4. You need to create a Samsung account for use with this app so that it can track your activity across multiple devices.

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Google Fit

Don’t expect any favoritism here. We’re just pointing out the elephant in the room that is Google Fit. It’s pretty obvious that this app is much more accessible as it’s available for nearly any Android wearables, which is a huge plus.

You can download Google Fit for Android or iOS devices. More importantly, Google Fit is compatible with a lot more devices than Samsung Health. It works on all versions of Wear OS by Google and also Xiaomi Mi Bands, Polar devices, etc.

Google Fit is also compatible with many great apps, such as Strava, Calm, Headspace, Calorie Counter, etc. All in all, Google Fit seems to be more versatile and user-friendly, but we are yet to cover the main similarities and differences between the two apps.

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Google Fit vs Samsung Health – Comparisons

Comparing their features, let us see which one fairs better, Google Fit vs Samsung Health.

UI Comparison

Samsung Health and Google Fit are both sleek and intuitive. They even share a similar philosophy in the user interface. Both use a white background and keep the important stats to the bottom part of the screen.

Google Fit is simple in the sense it uses your profile picture on your Google account. It also shows your recent data like steps taken, calories burned, kilometers walked, etc.

If you have a Wear OS or other device that keeps track of your heart rate, it will be displayed too. There is a Weight display too, and you can add your activities using the plus icon.

Samsung Health provides important fitness tracking stats, including weight, heart rate, number of steps, kilometres walked, but also your sleeping habits, water intake, etc.

Samsung Health definitely provides more important data on the front page, which allows you more insight than Google Fit.

Application Size

Google Fit app size varies with the devices, generally, it occupies around 20MB of space. The Samsung Health app however, takes up 72MB space which is almost 3.5x times of Google Fit. If you have limited space on your phone, you know which one to opt for.

Cross Platform and Wearable Support

Google Fit is available on every Android smartphone. Whichever model you choose, the app data will follow you. Just sign-in with your Google account and sync your data.

Samsung Health was only limited to Samsung devices, but the company made some of its services available for the masses. However, you will need a Samsung account to access the data.

Talking about wearables, Google Fit is available on all Wear OS devices. With a recent redesign of the platform, the Fit data is just a swipe away on all Android watches.

As expected, Samsung Health is accessible on all Galaxy/Gear smartwatches. Also, Samsung’s wear ecosystem is way ahead of Google’s Wear OS.

Tracking Comparison

Google keeps track of your movement by default. Besides the data as mentioned in the previous section, you can also get more details. Just tap on kilometers, for example, and you’ll see how far and how fast you moved, how many calories burned, etc.

Google can also track your weight, blood pressure, and various activities such as riding a bike, walking, and so on. Finally, you can track your workouts with Google Fit, and the stats are truthful and informative.

Samsung Health also tracks your workouts by default, your activities, and your sleep. You can use it to check your stress levels and heart rate whenever, which can be very useful. Keeping track of your water intake and weight is also important, which Samsung Health can handle.

The difference between these apps is the sleep tracking feature in Samsung Health, which is amazing. This feature aims at improving your sleeping habits. To keep you motivated, Samsung Health is loaded with challenges under the Together tab. Google Fit uses Heart points for the same purpose.

Finally, both apps rely on sensors, therefore they can’t be perfect. They both may run into hiccups and fail to give precise data. Google has very precise maps, but its activity tracking is not as perfect. The same goes for Samsung Health’s data tracking.

Final Verdict

Both of these apps are great, especially because they are free. Google Fit is more versatile and available on more than just Samsung devices. If you are a Samsung user, Samsung Health seems like the obvious choice.

It has more tracking options, such as sleep tracking, and it presents you with more useful details. Both apps can use some improvement, but overall Samsung Health seems like the better app as of now. That may change in the future.

Which do you prefer? Do you have a suggestion for another app that can top both? Google fit vs Samsung Health, who do you think won?

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