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Apple Watch Series 2

Hi, 

Have to ask the question, as Apple hinted that the GPS in the new watch will allow access to developers. Will Strava look at a native Apple Watch app which uses the GPS on the watch?

 

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  • When will the new Strava app be available with the Apple Watch 2 sync capability? 

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  • I have read conflicting reports on whether Apple watch series 2 has a barometer.

    I can't find one listed in any specs, and I have seen it reported that it does not:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7672546?start=0&tstart=0

    But this tear down shows that it does have one:

    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple+Watch+Series+2+Teardown/67385

    So it seems if definitely has one, but it may not currently be or ever be supported with the Apple watch series 2.
     
    It is kind of a big deal for cyclists. I know Strava could add the elevation data after the upload, but I am used to seeing it during rides. I know you can get some elevation via GPS but it was never good on my watches that didn't have a barometer. I was thinking I could ditch my Garmin 910XT, but if the Strava Apple Watch Series 2 app doesn't have it, I guess that wouldn't be an option.

     

     

     

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  • Just got a new Apple Watch series 2 Nike for Xmas - the main reason I got it was to use Strava for cycling and swimming.

    Immediate disappointment you can't use Strava for swimming - that's a piece of information would've been incredibly useful to know!

    Second disappointment - all of my activities show up in duplicate (some 2, 3 or even 4 times) in Apple's Health app, so all the data from phone is warped.

    Third disappointment - Strava wouldn't even work on the app this morning. Had to resort to apples own activity app and add the activity manually I Strava with no maps (because, like everyone knows, Apple will not export to Strava).

    In other words, Strava app on Apple Watch is currently near useless. At least so far for me. I love Strava, very keen for an app update - would REALLY like swimming included - but would settle for something that just does what it claims to do already.

    Looking forward to hearing about the app update.

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  • And what about other sports like swimming? Could be a good idea to have this sport in Apple Watch app because the Series 2 is water proof :)

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  • So? Its "early 2017" and I have the watch....when with the strava app incorporate native GPS on the watch?

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  • Look up New Balance RunIQ GPS watch. Might help explain the delay.

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  • Today is January 6th.
    It's "early 2017" ! :-)

    I'm wondering what calendars at Strava's define as "early 2017".

    Can't wait! Greetings!

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  • Will the updated Strava app support tracking swimming from an Apple Watch?

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  • Any news on the update for Apple Watch s2 expected early Jan?

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  • Almost got excited this morning when there was an app update waiting for Strava.  Alas it was short lived!

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  • Going by this tweet here that says it's going to be a "few months" I'm guessing around March time?

     

    https://twitter.com/StravaSupport/status/812606350693990400

     

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  • @ Monte H
    New Balance RunIQ with integrated Strava + PaceIQ for running stats feedback sounds really good!
    They start shipping on Feb. 1st.

    Maybe you're right! Strava focused on that product. It's a kind of a "Strava-watch" as NB doesn't have an own Dashboard and uploads directly to Strava.
    I think Apple is second choice for Strava and the AW2-app won't be released bevor March.

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  • Got the new apple watch for Christmas. Been through the palava of trying to use the nike stuff and the gnashing and wailing of it being thoroughly rubbish.

    Now I've gone to use strava on the watch even though I have to carry the phone and it crashes. Every single time.

    I've uninstalled the app from my phone, rebooted the phone, re-installed. All ok on phone. Launch on watch, crash.

    Its the newest nike watch and mine is currently not working at all with Strava? any help please? Can't find any fix hints.

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  • Any news guys?

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  • The Apple Watch 2 won't even track flights of stairs climbed, like pretty much every fitness tracker can. =( 

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  • "Almost got excited this morning when there was an app update waiting for Strava.  Alas it was short lived!" 

    me too... 4 month since the start of AW2 and still nothing from Strava!

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  • To all of you watching this thread, I am actually hoping that Strava not release an app too soon as careful testing is a must. My Fitbit Surge died (although has come back to life this week) a few weeks ago and decided to give RunKeeper a try. Needless to say it is an alpha release and not even fit for a beta:

    - My first run refused to capture anything. Only a total re-install on the watch and phone fixed this.

    - My second run I exported a GPX file and noticed that the times in the XML file don't reflex what is captured in the app itself. This means that when things are imported from RunKeeper across to Strava and Smashrun, the times and distances can be off.

    - My third run had the strangest GPS track I have ever witnessed and even the RunKeeper support people stated I had stumbled across another bug. Distance and time were correct but the track captured showed an impossibly quick 1"00' pace up to 18"00' pace. All very odd.

    I have stopped my premium membership of their service and thankfully I have tried my Fitbit again after it has been off for almost 3 weeks and it appears to be working again so will limp along with that. In essence, it seems that RunKeeper have perhaps issued their app too soon, so beware!

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  • Really cannot wait till they come up with the apple watch 2 app! It's pointless for me to even wear the watch since I have to carry my phone anyways for the app to work. 

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  • Strava, any timeline on built-in GPS feature?

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  • Hi has this Strava for Apple Watch been done yet please? I've just bought one and so far have tested out Runkeeper and Nike plus..... want to test strava before deciding which one to keep. Thanks

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  • Adding my name to the long list of people that would love to see Strava work with GPS and all the features of Apple Watch Series 2.

    I started using http://spectarun.com to export a .tcx and upload to Strava

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  • I would love to see the Strava app on Apple Watch 2 Series - Built in GPS working independently of iphone.  I don't want to go for a run having to take the iPhone with me. 

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  • Hello Elle Anderson,

    No news about update of the STRAVA app on apple watch 2 ?

    A new update of STRAVA APP have been released the 9th of January 2017 on IOS....but nothing changed for the use of the built-in GPS of my watch...it's a pity.

    Could you give us more informations about the timing ?

    Regards,

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  • Strava have clearly prioritised the development of other features / support for other devices over support for GPS in the Apple Watch 2.

    Using some advice from earlier posts in this thread I have found that RunKeeper does provide a decent alternative although @Aimery D above is having trouble with it so YMMV.

    Install RunKeeper on phone, setup free account, install on watch.

    Leave your phone behind and go for a run with your watch tracked by the runkeeper app.

    Save the run and let it upload.

    Go to https://tapiriik.com and connect your free runkeeper account and your strava account then click to sync - no mucking about with gpx files.

    It's frustrating to say the least that I'm a premium Strava member but in order to use Strava services with the AW2 I am now forced to use a competitors app and a 3rd party sync solution.

    But at least it is working.

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  • Is coming?;) We waiting... maybe new watch app shows something new, some unprecedented ideas?;-) 

    And what about previously mentioned barometer?

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  • Just for info, I have been using the Runkeeper app which has some issues which they are aware of. My first split is always completely off pace. Once upload to runkeeper or strava i see my first split of something an olympic gold medalist would be proud of!

    Runkeeper support are pretty good and they have admitted that there are some problems with the software and are working on it. So for the time being I am back to using my old garmin. 

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  • This endless negativity towards Strava and how they are letting us all down by not providing this functionality is ridiculous.  I have followed this thread for many months and from what I understand, the competitors who have released their products early (Runkeeper etc) haven't been particularly stable or successful in their first attempts at making the most of AW2 capabilities.

    The AW2 only came out in Q4 last year - they haven't kept us waiting years and they won't have had the early visibility the likes of Nike will have enjoyed (no doubt having paid millions for the privilege).

    Strava is the industry leader in these kind of apps and they have achieved that by providing a stable, user-friendly, enjoyable experience... not rushing out half-baked solutions that will potentially kill any competitive advantage they currently enjoy.

    I am hoping for something amazing from Strava like everyone else, including real support for swimming (as well as the local GPS requirement).  But the hysteria because they haven't been able to react within 3 months (probably less as the API / specs wouldn't have been available immediately) is ludicrous.

    I work in software development... the change is more fundamental than simply changing a few lines of code to [GPS]='Use Local' :)   ...presumably there is much more re-engineering around how it stores the run locally during the activity etc.  All of which rely on Apple having a stable and capable API / platform for them to hook into.

    I am waiting like the rest of you... and hopefully when it comes it'll be amazing.

    Ryan

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  • Any update on the new version? I just bought an apple watch 2 so I do not need to run with my phone. Unfortunately I still have to lug the phone around. 

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  • Thanks everyone, for your continued patience. The Apple Watch team here at Strava is hard at work. 

    I'll try to get more details for this thread, especially regarding the swim record experience. 

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  • @Elle Anderson: kudos to you and to the other devs ;) thanks for the update!

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