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Nike+ Running becomes Nike+ Run Club as part of 2.0 update

I've never been much of a runner, so I've only taken my phone with me for a lap around the neighborhood a handful of times. When I did, it felt Runtastic. But the Nike+ Running app has been another option for people looking to set goals and track their progress.

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Nike posts a dedicated shopping app to the Play Store

The Nike+ system of sports trackers actually pre-dates Android, or at least the consumer version of the operating system. For a long time Nike withheld Nike+ apps and accessories from Android and Google Play, though they've loosened up a bit in the last few years and posted a bunch of fitness and sports support apps. The latest Nike+ app gets right to the heart of what the company is all about: selling stuff.

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Nike's SNKRS Steps Into The Play Store For The Sole Purpose Of Feeding Your Sneaker Addiction

Sneaker addiction is serious business. My current collection stands at about 20 pairs, but they're all regularly designed and priced shoes — nothing fancy. And I know how hardcore some people can get about their sneakers, but I had no idea it could go so far as to cost them hundreds or thousands of dollars for a pair of shoes until I heard NPR's Planet Money What The LeBron episode. Well, Nike lovers who use Android devices need not worry about feeding their addiction anymore, just about financially funding it.

SNKRS is Nike's app for the sneaker lovers, featuring classic and new releases, their story and advantages, some exclusive content, with a customized feed for your preferred franchises and notifications for upcoming designs.

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Nike+ Running 1.7 Jogs In With Updated Home And In-Run Screens, Improved Run Setup, And More

The more seat bound and satisfied among our readers may be surprised to know that there are no shortage of Android apps out there that want to track how you run. Actually, maybe not. All that time spent on the computer probably means a greater likelihood of running across this post and the many like it than someone who's out running. Either way, the Nike+ app has managed to reach version 1.7 without spraining something, and it has picked up a few new features along the way.

This release comes with an updated home screen. When you sign-in, you will now see a leaderboard preview at the bottom that compares your runs to those of your friends, assuming you know people who also use the app.

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Nike+ Running Can Now Automatically Sync With Garmin And TomTom Following 1.6 Update

The Nike+ Running app has crossed mile marker 1.6, and it's joined by a few other racers. Surprisingly, all of them manage to run in sync.

GPS makers Garmin and TomTom both produce their own fitness apps as side-gigs, and now Nike+ integrates with them both. Either partner's runs will automatically appear inside of Nike+ Running. You can find the information under your activity history.

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This release also includes auto-pause, which pretty much does what the name says. Your runs will automatically pause and resume when you stop moving. If you don't like it, you can toggle this option in the app's settings.

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Nike's Golf 360 App Comes To Android After Taking Its Sweet Time On iOS

Look, we realize that some companies don't have the resources to develop apps for multiple platforms, and in some cases (some very limited cases) it makes sense to publish on the mobile OS that has 12% of the market. But Nike isn't one of those companies. And so it still kind of miffs us when they take two years to bring a sports app like Golf 360 to the Play Store.

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But enough about Nike's continuing failure at proper cross-platform support. Golf 360 is a training app aimed at aspiring pros. The most useful portion of the app is the golf scoreboard, which supports up to four players and comes pre-loaded with "26,000 courses" from North America and Europe.

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Nike Says Lack Of Bluetooth LE Is Why There's No Android FuelBand App, Ignores All The Phones With Bluetooth LE

Ever since Nike introduced its FuelBand wearable fitness tracker last year, there's been a rather loud and unsatisfied cry from users of the biggest mobile operating system on the planet: "Where the hell is the Android version?" Even while competitors like Fitbit Jawbone's UP have embraced Android, Nike FuelBand has remained an iOS exclusive, and Nike has made a point of explicitly stating that there's no Android version of the app in development. A new interview from Pocket-lint sheds some light on why.

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Nike's VP of Digital Sport, Stefan Olander, blames the relative scarcity of Bluetooth Low-Energy (sometimes called BLE or Bluetooth Smart), a feature in the Bluetooth 4.0 spec, for the company's lack of Android support.

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[New App] Official Nike+ App Finally Arrives On Android

Look at you - going for a run without a gizmo to track your progress and bother your friends on Facebook. Lame, right? Well grab your sneakers, because the Nike+ app had landed in the Play Store, and it's free.

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The app connects you to nikeplus.com, which acts like a portal for all the social features in Nike+, as well as a larger interface to check out your run data. There is no additional hardware needed to use Nike+. Just load up the app, and it uses your phone's GPS and accelerometer to record your pace, distance, and time.

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