Runkeeper Apple Watch App Finally Lets You Track Your Runs Without Your Phone, But With A Catch

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Even when untethered to an iPhone, Runkeeper working natively on the Apple Watch will display a coronary heart fee monitor, monitor stats and supply a abstract.
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Apple has just lately launched watchOS 2, which guarantees to have apps operating natively. Benefiting from this feature, Runkeeper, a multiplatform health monitoring app, was rebuilt across the new OS and was launched to run on the smartwatch with out being tethered to an iPhone.

Runkeeper has been on the Apple app retailer since 2008. Its 40 million customers use it for monitoring statistics for health actions, similar to operating, biking and strolling. Furthermore, the app tracks progress and coaches the consumer on how their present efficiency compares to earlier ones.

The app additionally screens coronary heart fee and weight and facilitates audio tracks to make the exercise extra pleasurable. The one drawback was that it wanted to be tethered to a handset, which suggests operating with a phone — not totally a really perfect state of affairs. Now Runkeeper tells customers to bid goodbye to this hindrance.

“With the utterly rebuilt Runkeeper app for Apple Watch, you’ll be able to truly depart your phone at residence on your run and nonetheless get all of the monitoring goodness you love,” writes Runkeeper. “That is for all of you who’ve been saying since 2008 (Runkeeper’s delivery yr) that you simply’d love to trace your runs however cannot think about operating with a phone.”

It’s fairly intriguing how the rebuilt app features when its earlier version required GPS, a feature not current within the Apple Watch, thus requiring the consumer to be tethered to a phone. Some suspect that it’s finished by means of Wi-Fi knowledge.

With an untethered and unbiased Apple Watch, Runkeeper customers will probably be supplied with a coronary heart price monitor and the power to vary the exercise sort from the wearable itself. A recap of stats after the exercise, which incorporates distance, common velocity, common coronary heart fee and period, may also be displayed on the smartwatch.

Nevertheless, the app developer notes that for the watch to be calibrated, customers should convey their iPhones on their exercise a number of occasions. Furthermore, with out the GPS on the phone, the map won’t be displayed on the Apple watch. The abstract may also be restricted and won’t populate the tempo charts and cut up occasions.

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Source : Techtimes