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.


It's certainly one of the best uses of always-on mode that I can think of, and one that I have personally ached for when using Runtastic during my runs and hikes.

Version 5.9.2 is rolling to both the free and paid versions of Runtastic, and packs in a few other changes like history filtering. Here's the changelog:

New in Runtastic 5.9.2:
  • Always-On mode supported during fitness activities
  • Filter & Analyze: Filter your history & statistics based on activity type to get deeper insights & analysis of your workouts
  • NEW Story Run: Dive into the world of New Rome with the latest part of the Tetradome saga

Runtastic PRO Running, Fitness
Runtastic PRO Running, Fitness
Developer: Runtastic
Price: $4.99+