Google Fit Update Fixes Low Distance Estimates

Google’s health and activity tracking app, Google Fit, saw a minor update yesterday but it contains a big fix for users.  To be clear, this is not the update that brings a lot of new features to the app to support Android Wear 2.0 devices.  That update is expected once the 2.0 devices get out there, which starts on Friday, February 10th.  So for those of you who have Fit installed, don’t expect to see a lot of changes visually.

The big change is a bug fix that had to do with mileage estimates from the app.  When you were on a walk, run, biking or I’ve found it even in skiing, there were times that the mileage estimates were off.  Sometimes they were off by a little bit, sometimes by a lot.  This update appears to address those issues based on an evening walk I made last night after updating.

If you are using Google Fit and have noticed that your mileage estimates were off or varied a bit, get this update.  Interestingly, in the previous update,

Google Fit
Google Fit

this same bug was listed as being addressed but I personally saw no difference in performance.  This time however, it truly seems to be fixed.

With Android Wear 2.0 now out, it is expected to have some big changes coming with more measurements available.  Even if you don’t have a Wear device, you can still use Fit and have your phone as your tracking device.