A GPS running app has been updated to allow a sleek and sexy smartwatch to replace your clunky sport GPS watch or your plastic oddly-colored fitness tracker. The Strava Running and Cycling GPS app has been around for a while, and recently announced compatibility with android wear smartwatches in an effort to get in on the new fad and take over for your GPS. The app requires using your phone’s GPS which, as we all know, isn’t nearly as reliable for positioning as a dedicated GPS device. However, unlike a dedicated GPS device the app is free (with a premium option, of course).
The app allows for route tracking and plotting; GPS positioning; measurements for: speed, pace, elevation, distance, calories burned; heart monitoring; leaderboards; following friends on Facebook and sharing stats/photos. It may allow for waypoints, as the app description says you can “Explore the most popular segments anywhere you go” but it is unclear—it might simply be pre-planned routes.
I haven’t tried it out, but it makes me wonder if Smartwatches are going to up the ante for traditional GPS sportwatches, much like phone apps have changed the way dedicated GPS devices function and are priced. If it takes off, it might even spell the death for GPS sport watches, as only the most dedicated enthusiasts will want to keep up with that many separate devices for one task. But then again, with the reliability and tracking options available for GPS watches, maybe not. It will be interesting to see where it goes!