2019 has been a sad year for WearOS, as the platform witnessed the death of several apps over the past few months. Runkeeper is the latest company to announce the retirement of its application on WearOS devices, claiming the experience was buggy for most users. Read More
Earlier this month, we revealed that Google was working on a health and wellbeing product called 'Google Coach.' It would recommend workouts, monitor your nutrition, and more. A new Google Fit update was announced today, but it doesn't appear to have those features. Read More
One of the best ways to stay motivated to exercise is by enlisting friends and doing it in groups. I can't tell you how often I've gotten off my chair and walked around frantically to beat someone at a Fitbit challenge, which amounts to added activity that I would have never done otherwise. Now this friendly competition aspect is making it into the Runkeeper app.
Version 7.0 of Runkeeper is adding the option to create running groups. You can choose whether you want to challenge each other on weekly or monthly distance or weekly run frequency, then pick the duration of the challenge, invite some of your Runkeeper buddies, and assign a fun name to the group. Read More
Samsung's S Health app can connect to multiple apps and services to pull and push data through them. Notable examples are Nike's running app, Qardio for blood pressure monitoring, and more. But S Health has always lacked support and integration with plenty of known activity tracking services like Runkeeper, Strava, and Fitbit. This made the app a lot less useful as a central dashboard of your exercise, sleep, and various health metrics, and even diminished the appeal of Samsung's Gear watches since they couldn't share data to popular activity services.
But if you're running S Health 4.8.0 and above, you may have noticed a new hidden option that adds this very feature. Oddly, Samsung didn't publicize it anywhere, nor did it mention it in the app's changelog, and it even stuck it somewhere different from all the other integrated apps. Read More
Today Spotify announced the ability to track runs using Runkeeper while listening to Spotify. Integration should provide a smoother experience than swapping back and forth between the two apps. Read More
A number of fitness-oriented apps popped up over the past few years and attracted users with ways to track their workouts. Whether it's counting calories or mapping out runs, people have embraced the concept by the millions.
Athletic companies have picked up on this. Last year we watched Under Armour purchase MyFitnessPal and Endomondo. Months later, Adidas scooped up Runtastic. Now ASICS is buying FitnessKeeper, the company behind Runkeeper, for an as of yet undisclosed amount. Read More
When Runkeeper was updated to version 6.0 on iOS back in August, Android users were asked to be patient and promised the same treatment sometime in the fall. Well, the app's developers kept their promise but it was a close call. Released yesterday, just at the end of the fall season, Runkeeper 6.0 brought the new interface, colors, and icons that iOS users have been enjoying, then was followed by a small bug fix update to version 6.0.1.
In version 6.0, Runkeeper gets rid of its bright blue color in favor of a more greenish blue / turquoise hue. Read More
Considering the sheer number of users that RunKeeper has, there must be a considerable crossover between people who love the app and people who want it to conform to Android's visual design style. For however many of those people that there are, today is a good day: the company announced a comprehensive Material Design overhaul for version 5.5.3. It's in the Play Store right now - no need to wait on a rollout.
Old on the left, new on the right.
Runkeeper was kind enough to compare some of the juicier changes to the app with the old version (a move very much appreciated by lazy tech bloggers!). Read More
Most of the things happening on Android Wear smartwatches are entirely dependent on the connected phone, but there is support for the watches to be a little more independent. The Sony SmartWatch 3, for example, has its own GPS chip that was enabled by the Android 4.4W.2 update. Now the popular fitness app RunKeeper has been updated to take advantage of it.
With Android Lollipop finally getting into full swing, November was the month for developers (or at least those devs that are paying attention) to release Material Design UI updates. Those updates took up a lot of AP coverage last month, but there are still a few standout apps for you to check out below. Just don't get too attached to Clippit - it's entirely too cool and useful to survive the wrath of the US copyright system.
Android Police coverage: QKSMS Is A Colorful And Modern Android Text Messaging Client That Pops [Hands-On]
If you're tired of waiting for your Lollipop upgrade and Google's various app updates aren't doing it for you, check out this Material-style SMS client. Read More