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Does Strava Live include live tracking?

With the new Live feature, am I correct in seeing the it DOES NOT track me live for another athlete or friend to watch me as I run?

 

Thanks!

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    Beacon has been released as a Premium Strava feature. Please let us know what you think.

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  • That is correct. There is currently no way for another athlete to view your position in real time on Strava.

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  • On my commute this morning I noticed the largest number in the center of my screen was the average speed.  Why would that not be the actual current speed?  Can it be changed somehow?

    Also.... COMMUTE BUTTON... PLEASE!!!  What's it gonna take to get a Commute button added somewhere, either on the ride "live" screen or on the save/sync screen?  I *HATE* having to check that box after the fact on the computer for every single commute!

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  • @Patrick - You most likely aren't seeing real time speed because that is a Premium-only feature. More info here: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/70463120-Strava-Live-Changes-in-Strava-version-4-5-

    Thanks for your feedback about the Commute button. We've been working hard at how to best address commutes. We realize its potential as a valuable tracking feature. 

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  • Real time speed is a premium feature?  The most basic feature that every other bike computer app has already?  Wow that just seems... odd.  Glad I have a normal bike computer for that.

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  • It seems to me that "premium" features of the app, like real-time data, should be made available as an in-app purchase, perhaps, without necessarily having to go full blown Premium Strava account membership, since real-time data is related more to the app itself and not as much to the overall Strava account.

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  • When I am done with my cycling effort, I used to swipe to the right from the record screen and see all my segment times.  How do I view the list of all segment times on version 4.5 without finishing the ride?  Honestly, that was the main reason I am a Premium member. 

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  • What caught me by surprise with Strava this morning was my battery level after today’s ride. It’s considerably lower today compared to the same ride I’ve do every week. Strava states the following options for improving battery life which tells me they are probably trading battery performance for these new features.  I'll be keeping my phone in my back pocket.

    How do I improve my phone's battery life?
    To improve battery life, you can try disabling the following: Cell Data, Wifi, Bluetooth, Real Time Segments, and Auto-Pause. 
    Other tips would be to shorten the time it takes for the screen to dim and to avoid leaving Strava open to the Map screen (this screen drains more power). 
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  • I was really surprised to see that real-time speed is considered a premium feature... I mean I get that you need to differentiate between free/paid products, but its just such a basic thing. I'm surprised and kind of put off by this rather arbitrary decision. You literally don't have to do any processing to get the speed, the GPS reports it directly, and its part of the free mode for most other equivalent apps. There's also a kind of safety argument, as there are some places with speed limits for cyclists, so having a speedo would be useful for keeping to speed limits...

    I appreciate the light-background day mode, but as someone who rides a lot at night as well, I think night-mode as well—or even auto-sensing (based on camera, or time+location+sunrise/sunset info)—is necessary.

    I'm a bit skeptical of the removal of the GPS bars, because I've had issues (on iOS) where the Strava app will show my location on the map, but have no green bars and not actually record my movements. Perhaps more importantly, from the main screen you have no idea if you've got GPS or not—you have to manually switch to the map mode to check if Strava is actually going to record any data for your ride. I understand you want to keep the interface simple, so perhaps you could have a message/icon that only shows up on the main recording screen when GPS quality is low, rather than nothing at all.

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  • I'm a premium member and so I now see the instantaneous speed as the primary indicator, but I have no idea how to get back the average speed indicator which I would also like on the screen.  Is this possible (without canceling my premium membership to have it default back to average speed)?

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  • After a bit more use, I'm finding the new interface a little less jarring... actually found the white background OK for riding tonight, so maybe don't need a night mode after all (but was riding in fairly well lit areas).

    Had some issues with the screen becoming totally unresponsive at the end of the ride (trying to stop it), had to lock & unlock phone to get Strava to respond, so might be something up with the recording interface... maybe autodimming related, not sure...

    Still finding the Live interface pretty useless though with only average speed, as its something I'd only really care about at the end of the ride. I'm not sure how limiting the basic 'trip computer' features is going to convince anyone to upgrade to premium, when the subscription cost is more per year than a basic trip computer...

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  • New version sucks the life out of the phone battery even if you follow the recommendations to save battery life particularly when you do 3 1/2 + hour rides.  Fumbled with the start, stop buttons inadvertently and lost serious ride input data, old version was so simple -- record/start/finish/save -- clearly spelled out and spread out a little bit on the screen.  Not a fan of the new version.  Wasn't broke before so why the cheesy changes Strava?

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  • New version very battery unfriendly even if you follow suggestions particularly if you do long rides of 3 1/2 and more hours.  Old start screen was very user friendly -- record/start/finish/save on one screen and spaced so that you did not inadvertently hit the finish button and terminate ride data by accident.  New screen format and button positions in my opinion very unfriendly and easy to accidentally stop ride data before your ride is over.  Why the cheesy changes Strava?

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  • It would be really useful to have the feature allowing another user to follow you live, mainly for safety reasons. 

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  • For those interested in Strava developing a live tracking feature in the future (to share your location with other athletes) please add your votes and feedback.

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