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Google is reportedly building an AI-powered fitness coach for WearOS

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Google appears to be preparing an AI-powered fitness coach for WearOS as it continues its mission to revitalise the platform.

Fitness remains a key reason why people buy smartwatches. Beyond that, they’re still really just an expensive place to see our smartphone notifications.

WearOS’ main competitor, the Apple Watch, has produced some clever features with regards to fitness. Among the most impressive is the ability to tap some gym equipment to bring up the relevant info and tracking for that specific machine.

Google’s fitness ambitions for its smartwatch platform have been a bit more simplistic, although that could be about to change.

Android Police reports of a health app called Google Coach being developed.

Google Coach will use AI to deliver proactive health and fitness advice throughout a day customised for the individual. If you missed your gym session, it could offer some alternative exercises to get in at a convenient time based around your calendar appointments.

The assistant sounds like it will offer health advice beyond fitness too, like keeping track of your nutrition. If you’ve eaten a lot of junk that day and you turn up at a restaurant, it may try sway you away from that cheeseburger in favour of healthier items on the menu.

Actionable insights will be delivered through standard notifications, as expected, but the AI will try and consolidate these into messages that prevent the user from being overwhelmed.

While the Google Coach will be primarily WearOS focused, it will also have a smartphone companion app. Some functionality is expected on Google Home speakers.

Are you looking forward to Google Coach? Let us know in the comments

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