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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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  • For now I use NRC on my watch to log my workout. Then after I get back I use RunGap (on my iPhone) which syncs the NRC (Nike+) run to Strava. Works beautifully.

    @Enrique Ruiz the awesome thing about Strava is it automatically plots the elevation for your run. I guess it already has this data from the terrain maps.

    Looking forward to the new Strava app for AW2!

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  • @ Aleksa Cavic
    Thank you for your answer!
    In the meantime I found out why audio-feedback didn't work for me!
    There are only English audiofeedbacks! So if you set the language of your watch to German, Italian, French or something else than English, there is no "Voiceover" in the Nike-app.
    I changed the language to English now and it works!

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  • @Enrique - it is possible to calculate altitude from just a GPS signal - it's generally more reliable with a dedicated altimeter but not essential.

    @Aleksa - RunGap is NOT a nice work around...the data it imports is incomplete, you don't get a map for starters. The export feature is an in-app purchase and should work better to justify being a paid-for feature.

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  • It is great news to hear that Strava will release updated app using Apple Watch native GPS.

    One more request, are there plans to add swimming tracking as well?

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  • Love the app – and dying for it to take full advantage of my Series 2!

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  • @matthew IT IS nice workaround. Pay few additional bucks for in app purchases and you will be able to export EVERYTHING. Not selling it, just saying.

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  • So I too came across this problem this morning with my new Apple Watch, thought Strava would be using the native gps straight away like Nike are. So recorded using Nike + and exported to Strava using the link below (the only exporter that still works) it's a bit of a pain in the arse and I hope that Strava sort out an update quickly, or I will be going back to my garmin.
    http://nike.vinz.xyz

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  • Another +1 for STRAVA updating the app to run on the AW2 independently of carrying my phone. Running without carrying my phone or clunky work-arounds like Nike+ - that's what freedom looks like! If you're looking for beta testers, I'm in! Please keep us up to date on development!

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  • Adding my +1 for this apps release.

    I'm moving over to the workouts app while I wait. Strava is better and its a pity that I can only share with my apple friends but going un-tethered is a real game changer.

     

     

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  • Just got back from a hike with my new Apple Watch 2. I had my phone with me in my pack and just used the workout app.
    Come home to upload my hike to Strave only to find out that Apple won't share the data with anyone! Then I read this thread and see that even Strava can't help yet. Great, I guess I'll throw this watch in the drawer for six months and go back to my Suunto.
    Why make a watch that no one can use!!!

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  • Apologies if I have missed this

    Why can't I upload the run data in the Apple Watch Series 2 native app to the Strava dashboard, as you would with any other GPS running watch like a Garmin?

    Martin 

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  • "Why make a watch that no one can use!!!"

    This is a ridiculous statement. I've used my watch everyday for multiple sports the last two months. Are there shortcomings for athletes that want to share or get more out of their data? Sure. But to throw it back in the drawer without doing the research beforehand because it doesn't share is ludicrous.

    Also, Strava does make an AW app that you can use while hiking. Right from your watch. Besides running and water sports, wouldn't you have your phone anyway? Use the Strava app, or Runmeter (recommended) or ISmoothRun or Pear or Nike or...... lots of choices.

    Yes, the native app does not output to Strava or anything else. But to say that that feature makes it worthless doesn't make any sense to me.

    Sorry for ranting, but seriously... C'mon

     

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  • The-Bike-Tr-S- Apple haven't made a watch anyone can use. They have made a watch and now developers need to develop. Blame Strava not apple. In the meantime just use the workout all that's perfectly acceptable for any runner/cyclist. Stop damn moaning. All of you!!

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  • I'm just saying that a large part of any tech purchase is the ecosystem that backs it up.

    Once you've spent years logging into a particular ecosystem your begrudged to flip to another.

    I bought this watch for Strava. I don't run swim or mountain bike with my phone. Therefore it serves little purpose until Apple start playing nice and let people have their data or Strava update.

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  • Question for those having luck with the AW2-> Nike->RunGap->Strava method. How are you exporting your Nike file from RunGap as something usable to Strava? In RunGap, when I try to export an activity, it doesn't give me any file type options (gpx etc..), but instead emails me a zip file. None of the files in the resulting folder on my desktop are recognized by Strava. (Clearly I'm not a nuts and bolts computer guy, so I'm probably missing something simple...)

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  • The reason why most other apps are behind the curve is that Nike paid a fortune to have exclusive access to the AW2 to be first to market with no-iPhone gps app. They haven't been in the running (pardon the pun) for a long time with the success of other apps such as Strava with its features and so Nike saw this as an opportunity to gain some ground.
    Now come on Strava pull your finger out and make all us Strava users happy again!!!

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  • At last we have an answer from someone at Strava!

     

    About bloody time!!!

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  • Just used http://nike.vinz.xyz/ as already mentioned by Alexandria A. Works great no issues at all, it even links in with Strava segments, happy for now 

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  • Thanks Viktor P. I will give RunGap another try tomorrow. I see there's another update to the NRC app today so hopefully that will fix a few bugs (I can see there's still no direct export to Strava and if you look at the page in the app telling you what's new in the update rather brilliantly it gives you a page unavailable message right now!!!!)

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  • Where? Where's Strava's answer?

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  • Anthony Tieuli: Instead of "export" from RunGap, just "share" it. (You'll have to link RunGap to Strava first.) 

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  • Same here got the watch but found out it did not work without the phone... :-(

    Waiting for this, we are hooked to Strava!!!

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  • @ Spencer
    If Nike paid a fortune to have exclusive access to be first to market with no-Iphone gps app, how do you explain Pear's app? It was released a month before Nike's.

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  • I am swapping between NRC and Pear. Both seem to do an ok job of recording the run. What I am noticing once the run inported into Strava, is a massive difference in distance and pace. Not sure if it is something that Strava is doing with GPS track but is creating a huge difference. All the runs are slightly longer and which then causes my average pace to be much quicker. This is a problem as I am part of a club and its showing me being quicker then people I know finished in front of me during a run. The details shown on NRC or Pear show me as slightly slower which makes perfect sense. 

    I have tried several methods of importing, ranging from automatic exporting (Pear), RunGap, Taprik, I have even exported the track from Run Gap as a TCX/GPX file and imported manually into strava and its exactly the same problem.

    Is strava doing something special with the data.

    My next test is to run with the Apple Watch and my old Garmin and see if there is any difference.

    Anybody else noticing any issues ?

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  • ......very sad, Premium User an paying for the app......and in early 2017 it will work ......it´s just a long time for us  watch 2 owners!!!! 

     

     

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  • I'm still not convinced the Pear app properly serviced the internal GPS of the AW2.

    I really wish Apple would've partnered Strava on this. I think we'd be looking at a game-changer.

    Nike have truly made a mess of the whole thing. If Strava can get this working properly and are allowed to, their user-base will go through the roof.

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  • Hi, eventually I received my iWatch 2 and used strava for cycling. But the heart rate isnt accurate and continuos.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/773883309/analysis

    I have garmin heart rate strap also but it isnt calculate my heart rate because apple watch optical heart rate is working :( I tried to make power save mode but still same problem, I hope strava can solve the problems

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  • Ross Malin I am having exactly the same issues. Import/Export from Nike Run Club + via direct import using Vine, or through either a TCX or GPX import using Run Gap results in 3 completely different results. I am definitely appearing to be faster than I am which is frustrating as I know I am not quite there yet.

    I've actually raised a support call and sent some sample files across to the support team to see what they think. As much as I hate the Nike app, I have to agree that it's timings are correct as they are consistent with the Fitbit Surge I am desperately trying to dump. The nice thing about the Apple watch is that the GPS track is extremely good, so keen to take advantage rather than use the huge old Fitbit if I can.

    FWIW, I cannot stand the Pear app. Definitely has some big issues with it. I've attempted a few runs, one which never recorded and others which just have various issues. Too unreliable for me.

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  • So after completing a run using both my Apple Watch 2 (Pear App) and Garmin Vivoactive I have noticed a few things. Both recorded very similar distance and average pace but once uploaded to Strava the Apple Watch run increased by .4km causing the average pace change drastically. The Garmin run kept the same distance and pace. So clearly at the moment the data recorded from the apple watch causes some problems when uploaded to Strava! Not sure what is going on here???

    So for now I not going to use my Apple Watch for running and stick with my old Garmin.

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  • Have the people at Strava provided us - hopeful and patient (...) users - with an estimate on when a new version will be out? So much looking forward to check of the standalone GPS support!

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