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Runtastic, Runtastic Pro, and RunKeeper score support for Android Wear

Runtastic, Runtastic Pro, and RunKeeper score support for Android Wear
Yesterday, we told you that the official Android Wear companion app has already cleared Google Play. Additionally, Google's app repository now comes with a dedicated section, which comprises a number of curated apps that fully support the new platform. Some of these apps are Google Hangouts, Google Maps, IFTTT, Pinterest, American Airlines, etc.

All in all, the list of Android Wear-friendly apps is a little brief as of now, but it is steadily growing. One of the latest additions to it are two rather popular fitness-centric apps - Runtastic and RunKeeper. Thanks to recent updates, both of these have received support for Android Wear, which means that the duo will display information about your vital signs directly to the smartwatch on your wrist. Said integration doesn't mean that you can install these directly on your Android Wear wearable, mind you – you still need to have your smartphone nearby.

Both of Runtastic's versions, the free and the paid one (Runtastic Pro), have received the nifty ability to communicate with your Android Wear gadgets. The newly-scored integration does not only allow you to “read your favorite stats from your wrist”, but also to start a certain workout session via a simple voice command. RunKeeper has received similar functionalities – it displays your fitness stats and allows you to control it via voice commands, as well.

The updates that brings Android Wear support to RunKeeper, Runtastic is being rolled out on stages, so be advised that it might take a while before they arrive. Hopefully, the updates in question will have landed by July 7, when LG's G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live smartwatches will hit the shelves.

source: Android Central, GigaOm

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posted on 03 Jul 2014, 08:35

1. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

I am going to really enjoy watching Wear evolve and grow. I think wearable tech, voice commands, and home automation are really going to explode onto the scene in the next couple of years.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 08:40

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Best app for running. PERIOD

I will most likely be running a 10k race next month. Thanks to improvements and feedback from runtastic.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:43

3. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

You like runtastic better than runkeeper? What do you like better? I have not used runtastic since it does not allow interval or pace training without buying the pro version.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:11

4. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I haven't really tried runkeeper but here's how I think runtastic is better:

1. Runtastic pro (paid version) offer intervals as you mentioned

2. It even records elevation.

3. You can pre-plan your running route.

4. You get much more detailed analysis online.

5. There are few pre-designed running program by athletes which helps you increase your pace at their website.

I got the pro version off amazon. It was app of the day so free :)) Also what do you mean by pace training ?

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:23

5. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

Unfortunately I missed that amazon promotion or I'd have that too! Pace training is when you set the app to keep you running at a specified speed. For instance, if you want to run 8 minute miles the app will will remind you every so often that you are ahead or behind that pace (overall) and by how much.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 04:16

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

hmmm....that seems a very good feature to have. I'll give runkeeper a go too. Thanks.

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