Just last week, with the newest chipset and 1 GB of RAM, Fossil launched the latest generation of Wear OS devices. A boon to Google’s hardware-side wearable ambitions, the ecosystem will lose Runkeeper in the weeks ahead.
As the name indicates, as well as biking and other events with GPS, the Asics-owned app tracks run, walk, and jog. Personalized routines assist you achieve your goals with a social competitive element of the service.
Runkeeper (via Android Central) yesterday emailed users how the app “will no longer be accessible on Wear OS.” Version 9.13 of the Android app— coming in the “next weeks” — will remove the wearable element that enabled users to begin tracking and track progress. It featured running choices with or without a mobile, and included basic information such as moment, distance, and speed.
One user followed up with customer support, which elaborated on Runkeeper’s assertion that “Wear OS by Google at this time.” could not give the “best tracking experience possible”
It boils down to performance problems that resulted in a hard-to-maintain “very buggy experience.” Runkeeper also notes how the Wear OS app was used only by a “very small portion” of its current customers. According to the Play Store listing, the app has over 10 million downloads on Android.
Just as Wear OS is receiving enhanced hardware, the ecosystem is not helped by the loss of a significant app. Runkeeper did not specify whether it was difficult to develop on the platform or whether the hardware was at fault.
Other apps are still accessible, such as Strava and Runtastic, while Google has frequently updated Fit with new features in latest months. Meanwhile, because of a lack of users, Nest also killed its Wear OS (and Apple Watch) app.