Android Wear standalone GPS Tracking

Hello Strava,

 

Android Wear has just received an update that allows tracking using the watch's in-built GPS.  Currently only the Sony Smartwatch 3 supports this, however, I'm sure this will change very soon.  It would be great to leave my phone behind when I go cycling/running and just use my smart watch to track my progress.  Please can you tell me, does Strava have plans to utilize this new standalone GPS functionality in an Android Wear app?

Thanks,

Bryn.

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  • Hi. It would be nice with some update so I know if I should carry on with Strava or change to an app that support stand alone (integrated) GPS (e.g. iFit or RunKeeper).

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  • As mentioned below, try out ghostracer - it also links direct to Strava once you're back connected to phone.

    ...Doesn't answer the question why Strava seem to not care though.

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  • Ghostracer works really well.  At this point it's almost as if Strava doesn't need to try anymore.  It'd be nice if they hired ghostracer dev on and threw him a few bones for making it work.

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  • Just joined the Ghostracer Beta test, so will get chance to test over the next few weeks, have to say, bit disappointed with Strava for not getting any response at all, especially as this method of recording is only going to more ubiquitous.

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  • Hope Strava will support stand-alone GPS on Androidwear soon!

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  • Ditto - also waiting on standalone support for Android Wear devices with GPS (Sony Smartwatch3)... For now, I'm also using Ghostracer to sync.

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  • Runkeeper support the builtin GPS since December 2014. 

    While I think that the community features of Strava are brilliant, the Android apps for tracking activities are way behind the average.

     

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  • Been doing some experimentation with Ghostracer (uploads to Strava afterwards) but uses the watch untethered to the phone.  The GPS track is a bit inaccurate so I'm wondering if Strava are holding back from using the smartwatch untethered until they can ensure a reliable GPS track from the watch?  It would be good to at least hear from the Strava devs to see if they are actually working on it though.

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  • FYI, the Endomondo app now supports standalone GPS - and it works very well. It uploads automatically, and there's a free Strava sync via https://tapiriik.com/. If Strava doesn't add this functionality soon, I'll likely ditch it all together and simply stay in the Endomondo ecosphere. Hurry up, Strava!

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  • I wonder if they have some kind of agreement/contract with Apple that they will not implement this as to make apple watch look inferior.  

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  • This would be a great addition to Strava.  Please! 

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  • Is there an update to that feature?

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  • Will you support the gear s ?
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  • It will be interesting to see if this feature is on the Apple Watch, I've been further testing my Sony Smartwatch 3 with Ghostracer (uploads to Strava and uses the watch GPS untethered to the phone)  and with the right settings it is proving very accurate so I don't think it's a hardware issue (inferior GPS on the watch) so it does seem odd that Strava haven't incorporated standalone for smartwatches with inbuilt GPS.

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  • It can't be on the Apple, as GPS is not built in. It only works tethered to phone, which is same boat as us at the moment cos Strava won't get off their asses and sort it out. Ghostracer all the way for me!

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  • Can I just ditto all these comments and keep the comments coming? How many users do you need to request this feature to make it a priority? The technology is already there, and people are asking for it. This single app incompatibility has kept me from buying a smartwatch. I choose to use Strava and I don't want to switch. Years of my data is in Strava and I like the UI so social features. The MAIN reason I would want a smart watch is to RUN / BIKE WITHOUT MY PHONE...Especially running. I'll be so glad to get that thing off my arm. (It's an LG G2, by the way). Anyway, just wanted to post again in hopes that I'll move this feature request up the priority list. Keep your comments coming everyone! Thanks

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  • Would be nice to have Strava functioning standalone on the watch.. Endomondo can do it and Ghostracer too (even with HRM). 

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  • Hi, May I know is Strava on Sony Smart watch 3 able to show real time heart rate if I have BLE heart rate strap connect to the phone? If yes, will it have ability to set maximum heart rate so it can vibrate or beep when I exceed the limit? Thanks
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  • May I know is strava support Asus ZenWatch which is on Android Wear similar to Sony SmartWatch 3?
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  • I'm 100% on this too.  Ghostracer has this functionality.  HRM support would be wonderfult as well.  Until such a time, Ghostracer it is.

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  • I bought the Gear S with hopes of using it as a stand alone device.  What's the point of having a smart watch with Strava if you have to carry your phone as well? Even when the watch and the phone are together the controls only seem to work once and rarely at that . If you stop and try to resume all your progress will be erased. I love Strava but they're slacking off on this one. The Gear S has built in GPS and HRM. If they don't fix this quickly I will switch to another service and cancel my premium membership. Come on Strava get it together. Smart watches are the next step in fitness technology and you're behind the times when you should be dominating.  Extremely disappointed and no update from strava as to whether or not they're working on it. Maybe they'll get it together when we all switch to the Nike app

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  • I bought the SW3 to be able to collect HR and GPS data and get feedback on the fly. Didn't take me long to notice that the standalone technology was present, but that Strava just doesn't seem to realize. Support at least didn't seem to know the technology was there. I too like Strava, but when Endomondo already has this implemented I am more inclined towards them. I hope the day when I can both play my offline playlists from spotify and record Strava-data without my phone strapped to the arm will come soon.

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  • I would really like this feature to be added for Android wear. Right now I have to use another program that will upload to Strava, so it adds another step in the process.
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  • Everyone: just stop using Strava. Their awful customer service refuses to publicly acknowledge this issue on this forum, but they finally admitted to me via Twitter (after much harassment) that they do NOT have plans to implement standalone GPS on Wear in the near future. I recommend switching to Endomondo (supports this directly), or continue on the round-about way via the Ghostracer app.

    From @Strava to me on May 22nd: "Supporting standalone GPS on Android Wear is currently not in the works for the near future."

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  • Ghostracer didn't work too well today on my SmartWatch, it stopped recording 1/3 of the way through a 2 hour run. Have just installed Endomondo, hoping it is more reliable. If this works out, I'll be uploading my GPXs to Strava for a while, but that's going to get real old before too long. Would love to see Strave to standalone Android Wear app.

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  • Currently using Ghostrace to get my data to.Strava a it has become so unreliable it is untrue. This evening ghostracer only managed to record 2.9 miles of the 7 miles that I ran. Apparently I was.doing 4 minute miles (I wish) and I also swam across a saltwater lake twice. Those stats are a joke and along with recently having to go in to settings and pushing my data through to.Strava mmanually I am losing the will to live after each recent run. strava, please release Stand alone.for the SmartWatch before mine goes up for sale and I go down the TomTom Multi-Sports Cardio route instead. If you can get this done over the next few weeks then you can count me in for annual membership.

    Endomondo is rubbish too as it struggles with GPS signal far too easily in my experience.
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  • Update: I have found Endomondo to be pretty good. A couple of minor glitches, but I eventually got the gpx file I wanted in each case. I like the GPS signal-strength information it provides. RunKeeper seems okay too, but without GPS signal-strength, I don't know when it starts recording a track. Again, no problem downloading gpx files for upload to Strava. Ghostracer was a mess for me. Far too much buggy behaviour. Strava does noticeably better than Endomondo in realistically interpreting information from uploaded gpx tracks. 

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  • Complete pants, get it sorted Strava.

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  • You should probably just buy Ghostracer since they have this mostly figured out already and are keeping me from switching to another service. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bravetheskies.ghostracer&hl=en

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  • Come on Strava, it has been nearly a year since Android Wear has made it possible to have standalone. Please listen and make this a feature for Strava! There are only going to be more of the devices on the market in the near future and if you do not take advantage of it, other companies will(and are).
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