Runkeeper dropping Wear OS app on account of ‘buggy experience’

Just final week, Fossil launched the latest generation Wear OS devices with the latest chipset and 1GB of RAM. A boon to Google’s wearable ambitions on the {hardware} facet, the ecosystem is dropping Runkeeper within the coming weeks.

As the title suggests, the Asics-owned app tracks runs, walks, and jogs, in addition to biking and different actions with GPS. Personalized routines aid you meet your established objectives with the service that includes a social competitors side.

Runkeeper (through Android Central) emailed customers yesterday about how the app “will no longer be available on Wear OS.” Version 9.13 of the Android app — coming within the “next few weeks” — will take away the wearable element that allowed customers to begin monitoring and monitor progress. It featured choices to run with a telephone or with out, and included primary stats like time elapsed, distance, and tempo.

One consumer followed up with buyer assist, which elaborated upon Runkeeper’s assertion that it wasn’t capable of supply the “best tracking experience possible” on “Wear OS by Google at this time.”

We determined to stop assist for Android Wear as a result of the combination didn’t work effectively/work constantly for many customers. It was a really buggy expertise and troublesome for us to take care of and repair. Additionally, a really small portion of the Runkeeper group really used it.

It boils right down to efficiency points that resulted in a “very buggy experience” that was troublesome to take care of. Runkeeper additionally notes how solely a “very small portion” of its current clients used the Wear OS app. On Android, the app has over 10 million downloads according to the Play Store listing.

Just as Wear OS is getting improved {hardware}, the lack of a significant app doesn’t assist the ecosystem. Runkeeper didn’t specify whether or not creating on the platform was troublesome or if the {hardware} was at fault.

Other apps like Strava and Runtastic are nonetheless obtainable, whereas Google has been incessantly updating Fit in latest months with new options. Meanwhile, Nest also killed its Wear OS (and Apple Watch) app on account of a scarcity of customers.


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