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Hi, I'm Matt, an engineer on the Android team here at Strava. We love having users test out our new features before they're released to the full set of Strava users - it makes the product better for all.  If you want to try out what we're working on before the public release, and don't mind the occasional bug or not-quite-there-yet feature, we'd love to have you on our Beta track.

We're running our Beta program through Google Play. Your regular Strava app will update more frequently, especially as we're approaching a public release.

To sign up for the Beta program:

Please send feedback on the betas to android-early-access-feedback@strava.com. If you are a Beta user and contact support, please let them know that you're in the Beta program.

Thanks!

Matt Laroche

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Will you post some sort of "releasenotes" for the betas in the Google Group, so we know what to look for and give feedback on?

Mattias E. 0 votes
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We will be using the "What's new in this release" on Google Play to communicate changes.

Matt Laroche 0 votes
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I'll throw my hat in on being a Beta tester.  Love me some beta programs!

Mike Renkosiak 0 votes
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Well said James. I have read many comments concerning the lack of support for Ant+for android. To my knowledge far more people utilize the android platform than apple. Why not give the people what they want instead of forcing android users to use your service in a round about manner?
Patrick Gray 0 votes
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Is there a way for us to make feature requests for Strava on android, I would love to see a lock screen widget so I can just hit the power button and see basic stats without having to unlock the phone.

Chris Bates 0 votes
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Please subscribe to this post for a discussion on ANT+ support on the Android platform: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/22821681-Strava-s-Android-app-with-ANT-adaptor-

Thanks for your feedback! 

@Chris - perhaps you are looking to add your vote to this feature suggestion? https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/26146980-Add-an-Android-widget-to-instantly-start-recording

You can also add any feature suggestions you'd like in our section for this: https://strava.zendesk.com/forums/20154338

Elle Anderson 0 votes
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Hi Elle,

How do we know that we're receiving the beta versions? I've opt in as per the instructions but don't seem to get updates any more regularly.

 

Currently on version 4.1.7

Patrick Franks 0 votes
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I just joined & I'm so eager to try the 4.4 update, specifically the one for direct upload of photos.

Hatem Kotb 0 votes
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I've just received an update to the beta, but I have not received an email with details of the changes to test. Are these details available anywhere?

Nick Hall 0 votes
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Nick - this is the second report I've heard about people not receiving the email, I'll check out why.

The email's body was:

Subject line: Help Test Strava’s Latest Feature

 

Greetings Beta Group Athletes,

 

For the past few months we have been working on a revamped experience for recording rides and runs. Phase one of this new experience is almost complete, but we would like to test this version with athletes like you in order to collect feedback before releasing globally.

 

Next steps

Since you are already opted-in to the beta group, a new version of the Strava Android app will become available to you very soon. We ask that you please take the new version of the app for a run or ride and then fill out this form with your feedback.

 

Some things to note:

  • This is not a final version and the team is still continuing development

  • The new experience is a departure from today’s version in terms of look and feel; be prepared for some initial bumps

  • There is a new setting that allows you to keep your phone screen on persistently; this is ideal for cyclists who mount their phone on their handlebars or runners who want to run without the screen locking

 

We are working on ANT+ support for phones that have ANT+ built-in, which we hope to release to the public in the next few weeks after some testing.

 

Thanks very much for your time and interest in Strava.

 

Matt Laroche 0 votes
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Ah, glad I Googled and found this page. I too have never received any emails about the beta releases and I wanted to find out how to submit feedback. I'll do that at the form you linked to now, but if you could look into why I don't get the mails then great.

Dave Licence 0 votes
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How can I see if I'm running the beta app? Is there any visual notification?

Bernard W. 0 votes
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@Bernard: The 'launch screen' of the application is different. STRAVA written on an orange background, not the photo of two cyclists on a mountain.

And more importantly of course, the 'Recording' screen interface is different when you're doing an activity. You will notice the difference right away.

Hatem Kotb 0 votes
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I'm still not receiving emails about the beta updates. I've had three or four updates recently but no information about the changes.

Nick Hall 0 votes
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Same here.

Several updates with no e-mails......Explanation please :-)

Hatem Kotb 0 votes
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We don't currently email out for every update, we usually use the "What's New" section to communicate the major changes in the beta.

Matt Laroche 0 votes
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Any word when ANT+ will be available to test? Had the beta for a while now but not seen any mention of support.
Moff 0 votes