Adidas, the company that made your pair of gym shoes and track pants, has purchased Runtastic. It reportedly paid around $239 million to close the deal.
Around these parts, Runtastic is known for having produced a series of great fitness-related apps. There's Runtastic's running app that got the ball rolling, and there are a couple of cycling ones that do the same thing for bikes. Then there are dedicated offerings for pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. Some of Runtastic's apps hone in on specific body parts, such as Butt Trainer, Leg Workout, and Six-Pack Abs.
In a blog post, Runtastic says it will remain its own entity within the Adidas Group. Read More
There's no nice way to say this: May kind of sucked for new apps. There were a lot of notable updates to major existing apps (including a slew of Material Design updates), but the biggest news of the month came from Microsoft, of all places. Oh well - a short field just means it's that much easier to pick your bets. Here in no particular order are our top picks for the month of May, and a few runners up.
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
The biggest apps to drop on Android in May are from Microsoft, the company's Holy Trinity of Office apps, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Read More
And now, we interrupt our Google I/O coverage to bring you this health bulletin.
Runtastic is one of the few apps that are commendable for quickly - really quickly - adapting to any new Android releases, options, or APIs. Today, the app is keeping its track record of jumping head-first into new features by adding an always-on mode for Android Wear watches.
You don't need to do anything for the function to work - that is if your Wear watch is already on Android 5.1.1, which enables always-on mode for apps. When you start a new Runtastic activity, the card will show up on your watch. Tap it to expand for the full details, and if you don't touch your watch for a few seconds, the app goes into always-on mode, inverting its colors for less power consumption but still presenting all the details that you've picked. Read More
Runtastic knows that you'll be sitting on your ass for hours during Google I/O, watching the conference and gorging on all the news, so it decided to release a new app to... taunt you? Or motivate you to get back in shape once I/O is over? Whatever the purpose, Leg Workout Trainer is now available on the Play Store.
Leg Workout Trainer joins the previously released Butt Trainer in bringing a series of muscle-focused (or group of muscles-focused) exercises to your phone in video form, with step-by-step instructions and photos. It has predefined workouts (7-minute, Pilates, and more) and three levels of difficulty, but also allows you to customize the training to target a specific problem area in your lower body. Read More
I'm not much of a runner, but I've occasionally made use of the Runtastic Running and Fitness app to keep track of my time and distance while jogging around the neighborhood. Given that it's the middle of winter in the US, I won't be firing up the app anytime soon. But the more dedicated among you may be happy to know that the latest update (version 5.4) has made the few visual adjustments needed to better fit in on Lollipop devices.
The Material Design overhaul is the big highlight here. With a floating hamburger menu button, a sidebar that slides on top of the action bar, and a colored notification bar, the experience will look spiffy on devices running stock Android 5.0. Read More
After both Runtastic and RunKeeper got updated with Google Fit integration in the past couple of weeks, it's Nike+' turn today. As one of Fit's initial launch partners, this update was expected and should come as a surprise to no one. All you have to do is launch the app once it's updated and follow the prompts to give it access to post its data to your Google Fit account. If you don't want to enable this feature, you can simply dismiss the prompt or later disable it under the app's settings.
Whether you're a fan of the sports brand or not, Nike+ Running should be on your radar as an activity tracking service. Read More
If you're like most adults, then you probably don't get enough sleep. With the constant state of gogogo on everyone's mind these days, we're all so busy that it takes time from nature's way of replenishing the body, which is why it's so important to get quality sleep when we do lay down at night. Runtastic has a new app that aims to help users keep track of their sleeping patterns, appropriately called Sleep Better.
The idea behind Sleep Better is simple: before going to sleep at night, start an SB session. Put the phone on the bed next you, and let the app do the rest. Read More
My love for Runtastic grows by the day. Not only is the service very useful to track my runs and hikes, but its Android app is almost always on the forefront of the latest Google and Android features and guidelines. Case in point: it was one of the first fitness apps to add support for Android Wear and it just got updated with Google Fit integration.
The first time you launch the app you'll be asked to give it access to your Google account (or you can find the option under Settings, Partner Accounts) so it can view and store activity information, location data, and body sensor data (presumably heart rate stats). Read More