Galaxy Watch and Strava

OK; so I'm initially a little disappointed. I've been following Samsung's Galaxy watch for some time, their next generation watch following on from the Gear 3.

I've been trying to find a Smart Watch for quite a while that has all the necessary sensors and features I'd like.

Yes the Apple Watch / WatchOS does that, but it doesn't look like a watch. Google's WearOS watches look great, but don't have all the sensors and I didn't want to plump for a pure activity tracker like a Garmin.

So.... I was super excited to see on the Galaxy Watch website that it looked like Strava was natively supported. https://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-watch/ 

I buy the watch today and low and behold I can't find the Strava app' in the Galaxy Watch App store. Was I duped. Is there no native support on Galaxy Watch?!

Personally I think Samsung are a little stupid for insisting on running Tizen instead of Google's WearOS (which natively runs Strava), but I was seriously hoping this watch had native support. Finally. On Tizen. 

Is this not so? Is the app' just delayed, or the Galaxy Watch App store delayed in deploying it? 

What gives? 

I would support all comments to support Tizen natively to be honest; you are potentially missing out on a large group of users running Samsung watches. 

 

 

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  • Whoohoo! So glad that that the app is available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch! Been waiting since August for this! Thank you so much Strava!!!! Legends!

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  • @jed pause it does now but it wasn't there before.... thanks

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  • @Hafizul Adnan for me there's no widget yet i think , but if you open it from the watch apps screen, works for me

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  • @ Jared Lane , sorry I was not clear ... yes I know it's in the App store for years, I actually meant as an App in the Galaxy Wearables watch 'store' to install on your phone

    @Seven Tyn , yes it's only been on a few days... I was checked each day almost :)

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  • I finally have the app on my watch but despite it showing as an app on my watch it doesn't show in my list of watch apps in the wearable app? And none of my runs have uploaded to the full strava app?

    Anyone else having the same issue?

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  • So I've sussed out how to get strava app to show in my list of watch apps on my S9 but I still can't get any of my registered runs from my watch to show on my strava app??

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  • My app downloaded to my watch but only recorded time. No HR or mileage.... I'm about to return this damn galaxy watch. Map my run stops randomly and Samsung app Is way off. Garmin looks cheap and screens break easily! Come on people I want a good watch!

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  • Strava app doesn't work as intended for my galaxy watch. GPS signal loss intermittently, as a result speed and track not recorded. Heartbeat also poorly recorded. Almost unworkable for me. I have to return to built in app for running. Very dissapointed

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  • Do you need to have the “watch always on” set to on to use the strava app?

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  • Jeremy it's not the watch it's the apps. I had the same issue. Try Gear Tracker. Works great for me! If you do a search you will only find positive comments.

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  • does anyone know how to enter the code from strava on the galaxy watch????

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  • Today after syncing it shows the ride ended after 29 miles, strangely this is exactly half way. Auto Locate was on, Do Not Disturb was on and I never touched the watch. For what it's worth, the watch reported the time of the activity as 3:19:43, which is correct, but after uploading it shows 1:36:18 for elapsed time. It's as if the whole ride is recorded, but is only sending part when syncing. Wondering if there has been 'any' testing done. I mean, this is an app made solely for this watch, right? I remember in the early days of Strava phone apps and the headaches with GPS. The excuse was always the variations of hardware. Unfortunately, the app on the watch is currently unusable and it's the primary reason I bought it. Heart rate monitor was good today, by the way at least for the part that got uploaded. Shaving the wrist divot is showing promise!
    Ok, maybe I'll try Gear Tracker.

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  • Use Gear Tracker

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  • Have been using Strava native app 1.0.1 on a daily basis to record my bike commuting since December 03, and have the same issues reported on this thread. Strava suddenly stops recording at some point, when I realise the distance is not increasing I have to pause and resume the ride, Strava then draw a line from the last coordinate and resume recording. This really sucks and make the app unusable. I will go back to S Health (with HR recording and Strava sync  issues) until Strava releases a new version.

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  • Mine is been working fine sometimes the hr stops and is because the belt from watch is to loose since I noticed I've been wearing it more tight and is recording all data just fine, hr, speed, altimetry and distance. I see many people with problems but mine isn't so I guess is just a fault on the watch, maybe get it change under warranty?? Is that a possibility?? Hope it gets sort out for everyone

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  • Gear Tracker is not free. I think of it as my last shot. Strava released version 1.0.2 yesterday but i could not try it yet.

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  • Hi who manufactures gear tracker I cannot find the app for android. I know I'm been blind

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  • It was working fine for me but with the new update now it doesn't sync, I'm really annoyed, any advices??

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  • Having trouble with the app on version 1.0.2. It keeps freezing mid ride, the counters just seem to stop. It stopped recording up snowdon about an hour into the climb then again up Ben Lomand last week it stopped about 2 hours in while descending. Sort it out please!

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  • done my 1st park run of 2019 watch said 5k in 36 minutes on sync to web/app this has changed to 4.35k and 33 minutes 

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  • Yesterday I did a run with Strava on the Galaxy Watch. The history on the watch tells me I did 8.26km in 51min with an average speed of 6.16min/km.

    When I look on the website after the run was synced, the website tells me I did 8.25km in 49.26min with an average speed of 5.59min/km.

    Why is this information different? And when I calculate 8.26km in 51min the average speed is 6.10 and not 6.16min/km. The second calculation is correct. 

    Anybody else noticed these differences? I read the post from Stuart, so I guess these values are wrong with everybody?

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  • @Marcel, see Leonardo's post after Stuart's.

    Sounds somewhat plausible to me...

    The sooner auto-pause is integrated into the native app, the better.

    Ridiculous that it isn't already...

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  • Marcel did you stop during your run apparently this could be the issue. I stopped to tie my shoe lace and it seemed to restart at that point. Other than that set the activity to race you may get even more different results

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  • Thanks for all the replies. I did not make any stops during my run. Maybe if the watch is struggling with the GPS fix this can cause the small difference? When I get some more activities in the app it might be easier to analyze. Have a good weekend everyone.

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  • Another fail. 63 mile ride. GPS did great. Never thought the sync fail would happen to me, but no luck. Maybe the next release will be better and not go backwards.

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  • Yay, new update on Android today 1 Feb 2019.. auto-pause and extra sports now available, at last!

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  • Strava released 1.1.0 yesterday to Tizen OS. Added activity types, auto pause (can be disabled) and other improvements. On my first ride today it was ok, but need long term tests to be sure.

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  • Have the Galaxy sport and Strava is running fine on it.

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  • That's great to hear. How many runs/rides? how many minutes/miles each? How consistent is HR for the duration of the activities?

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  • Yeah I don't want to use it until it supports dedicated BLE/ANT+ HRM's, Gear Tracker does, same for Sporty Watch.

    Until then, I'll only use it sporadically to see how (if) it has improved...

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