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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  • Since the last update that brought the auto pause functions the GPS tracking is completely worthless. I train daily with the watch, cycling or running, and since 21 February after I updated not a single activity recorded correctly! For instance, this past weekend I did the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 60km race. And after 31km it just stops recording. I noticed on 40km that it's stuck on 31km, but the activity recording time still ticks on. And after the race at 60km, still stuck on 31km. Please, you guys need to sort this out! GPS tracking was better, not perfect, but better before this latest update

     

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  • That same issue has happened to me twice in the past two weeks where the gps stops about halfway but the time keeps on, it's happened on a run and on a ride.  Both instances had a somewhat long break at the mileage point where it stopped ( a few to 10 minutes) and autopause was off.  I've had other long rides and runs with no breaks and it tracked the whole thing amazingly well.  1.1.1 is great otherwise!

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  • In the past, I've had a miserable experience with the Strava watch app and stopped using it for daily rides, but today I decided to give 1.1.2 a try. Hats off to the Strava Galaxy phone app team! It recorded my 96 mile ride pretty much flawlessly! There were some heart rate gaps for a few minutes in flat sections so nothing of importance missed. I was checking stats throughout probably 15 times. 5.5 hours runtime used ~70% battery on Galaxy Watch. Looking forward to the next one tomorrow. Fingers crossed. 

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  • I'm now 2 for 2. Version 1.1.2 worked flawlessly recording another long ride. This time using only ~8% battery per hour on Galaxy Watch. 

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  • I was a little nervous trying Strava on my Galaxy Watch after reading many of the older comments. I installed Strava this morning and on my first ride (25Km) it tracked perfectly. Small sample size, I know, but it was a very good first impression.

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  • Same for me. I haven't had any issues since 1.1.2 was released. Sample size is around 10 or 12 now. :-)

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  • Download new app yesterday, paired it with my account, went for a ride and the app recorded the entire hour long trip. Unfortunately it won't sync with the Strava server. Documentation seems to be nonexistent and enthusiast sites all note the sync problem but none document a resolution. Very disappointing start with the new app.

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  • I really don't know why so many problems. Like a newbie startup. Like a little brand. Like a private programmer.

    But wait, still we talking about Samsung? Too many money grow the fat to the heart, that's all.

    Samsung is well known for tardive updates, bad implementations of software, laggy OS on their phones. Yes, I've an S10 and brand new has got laggy launcher. Also Smart TV have bloatware that can't be uninstalled.

     And sure, I bought a Samsung galaxy watch and Strava asks me to go to samsung.strava.com and enter the 4 digits but everytime the smartwatch says error, wrong activation code. 

    I really would enter in a Samsung manager office and throw kick in the ass left and right!

    Just DISGUSTING!

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  • Just reporting back on reliability of 1.1.2. Four weeks of use, 20 rides of 2 to 5 hours and not a single issue. I stopped running a backup tracker on my phone a couple weeks ago. Also, battery usage today was 12% for a 3.7 hour ride, which I think is pretty outstanding.

    Update: next day's ride used 4% per hour.

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  • Has let me down 3 times so far on my Galaxy sport watch. Have checked each time before setting out and shown as recording walk but on completion has had no record of walk.
    Watch software up to date. TIZEN 4.0.0.2

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  • Hi all, I got a Galaxy Watch last week and wanted to check something on heart rate. I have HR setting to every 10 minutes during the day, but assumed that when launching Strava for a ride, it would automatically  change to be on constantly on during the workout (as it did on my previous FitBit Ionic). However, upon looking at my latest activity, the heart rate data looks crazy, with lots of straight lines. Anyone know if my assumption is incorrect? tks 

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  • I get flat lines occasionally on most rides. Sometimes due to bumpy roads making the watch shake around. It generally captures the high HR sections when climbing or sprinting so, good enough but not perfect.

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  • I also have the HR setting to every 10 minutes during the day. When Strava is launched it does automatically go to a continuous monitoring mode.

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  • Yeah especially going down on a mtb ride the HR is inaccurate and skips reading..I did notice that if I tighten the strap an extra hole it is a bit better..and yesterday I did a ride at night time and the HR seems to be recording perfectly in the dark, better than day time.

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  • Has anyone had issues with the GPS turning off during run while using the app on the watch?

    Today, I lost the last 2 km of my run, because the GPS switched off (or lost signal?). Only suspicious event that happened is that the battery dropped below 20%. Could that have influenced the GPS? I don't use any power saving options.

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  • Mine was recording when I left home then when I checked at end of walk there was no route recorded.
    Have stopped relying on Strava on my watch and record on my phone instead. Watch is running latest software.

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  • You can check the version running on the watch by going to the Wear app on your phone, select Apps and then Strava app. If it's not 1.1.2, there should be an option there to update it.

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  • Also in the watch under Strava settings - real small at the bottom

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  • Same with me yesterday.. recorded the first 17km of my ride, and the final 15km nothing. I get a feeling it's an issue with the auto-pause function as we had a lot of stop go's on our route yesterday..and it's usually on this type of rides that I get these same issues

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  • Always On Strava Display?

    Hello all, I have my watch set to always on, so I see watch face all day.

    When I run, it starts off with Strava data showing, then reverts to clock face, I can only see Strava again when I flip my wrist to view it (very tough on the run)

    Is there a way to have only Strava on when I run?

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  • I lost too many miles on the strava app as well and switched to gear tracker and haven't looked back. It doesn't lose GPS and uploads immediately to strava upon finishing.

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  • @Brittania Bintz 
    Have you had any issues with the Gear Tracker? Is it reliable? I will do my research regarding the app, but I am curious of your individual opinion.

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  • The heart rate might flatline every now and again. I've tested it about 5 times with the phone and deleted the phone's strava record since they were very close so I know the watch can handle it. It gets a little out off track on fast mountain biking but I think it's within acceptable range and it tracks really well on runs. I think since the developer has been working with the tizen os for longer, he's got better command of the sensors than the strava app. I like the always on watch face and the fact that I can select how often it logs a GPS point.

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  • Gear Tracker works perfectly even in combination with the Strava Account. I use it for several month. Theres no need to worry about this pitty genuine Strava App...

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  • I think I found a bug in version 1.1.2
    My average power stat is always too high, almost double what it should be. My weight in Strava is correct, but when I tried with the watch, the average power is always too high.

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  • Thank you guys! I started to use Gear Tracker. I have tested it for a few times. I have noticed the flat line for HR, but that is a watch related issue in my opinion, because the S health was not able to show the HR either at the same time. But other than that, it is very nice and flexible. I can even use my Suunto's HR strap with it.

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  • I purchased Gear Tracker and used it for 50 or so rides from 30 to 90 miles. It works pretty well and is customizable, but isn't without bugs. The developer is great and it's good to see choices for watch owners. I also have been trying every strava for tizen release since Dec '18 and watched it go from unusable to seamless, the same way the Android app did back in 2011. 

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  • I loaded & ran Strava easily but it greatly underestimated pace.  The end of run stats for time and distance were correct (as was average pace) but while running it was WAY slow.  I was running the watch spotify app in standalone (downloaded playlist) mode and wonder if it was too much challenge for the processor, but turning off the music didn't help either.  The HRM was about 10 beats too high, but same as when using samsung health.

    Overall, pretty disappointing vs vivoSport, my last watch, which would run for days and recorded everything well.

    Come on Strava, pull it together.

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  • I believe this is a Samsung Galaxy Watch Firmware bug. The GPS/location of the watch causes the watch to restart randomly while busy with a workout - hence the missing training/exercise data. This also happens when using other fitness apps. I wonder when Samsung will fix this...

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  • If you haven't already, check if there is a Tizen update available. I would guess the watch shipped with v3.

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