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Introducing Endomondo Life – An All-Day Activity Tracker App for iPhone 5s

Ever feel like you’re not getting full credit for physical activities during your normal day? Time spent cleaning up around the home, walking to and from a favorite restaurant during lunch break or chasing toddlers around; shouldn’t all that count toward your fitness goals?   Starting today, Endos using the iPhone 5s can record such regular daily activities thanks to the entirely brand new (and free!) Endomondo Life app.

Keeping track of how active you are has never been easier. Simply download the Endomondo Life app and be sure to have your iPhone 5s with you wherever you go – which you do anyway, right? :-)

This completely new app from Endomondo utilizes the Apple M7 motion coprocessor, which collects and keeps all motion data on the device throughout the day, all while using minimal battery power. After you download Endomondo Life from the App Store, you can choose to use the app without logging in. If you opt for ‘anonymous’ usage, we will set an average weight (75,8kg) and height (175cm) so you’ll still get calorie data. However, we suggest you adjust these values to get more precise data. If you already have a profile at Endomondo and login with the same email address, Endomondo Life will automatically pull height and weight data from your Endomondo profile.

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The app records how many steps you take and calculates the approximate distance walked and calories burned in 24 hours. Unlike using the step counter within our Endomondo app, you don’t need to start/stop the Endomondo Life app to track your steps. In fact, you don’t even have to open the app every day – it will automatically retrieve data from the previous seven days (unless you disable this option). Based on the last seven days’ activity history, the app sets an individual step goal as default. You can always change it but, to give you a little push from being a couch potato, the goal should be at least 2500 steps per day.

There are two screenshots below that illustrate the graphical weekly overview of your daily steps and cumulative calories burned, which you will be able to view in the app. There are a few other interesting stats as well, such as % goal completion. And to keep up your motivation, Endomondo Life notifies you when you reach your step goal.

So give it a shot, try it out and free your endorphins along the way – we’re looking forward to your feedback!

The Endomondo Team

Get Ready for Gear 2! Support for Samsung Gear 2 is Now Available.

 

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After we announced Samsung Gear Fit integration, we got a LOT of questions regarding when we would release Gear 2 support. Well, have no fear, Gear 2 support is here! We’ve just finished working out the kinks and are happy to reveal that the integration is operating smoothly.

The update includes support for Samsung Gear 2 Neo as well. For a list of supported devices, scroll down here.

Samsung Gear 2 lets you start, pause or stop a workout while your Endomondo app is running in the background. You can swipe between three page displays and each of them can show up to three different stats, such as heart rate, distance, speed or workout duration. To change our default settings and configure which stats you would like to see, access Smartwatches in your Endomondo app settings (as long as you have updated your app to version 10.3.1).

Unlike Gear Fit, which doesn’t feature heart rate monitoring, Gear 2 can both measure your heart rate and then show this data in your Endomondo app and on your Gear 2 display. The sensor, located on the backside of the watch, sends the heart rate data to the Endomondo app, but this can be disabled (from version 10.3.1 and up) if you prefer to use a heart rate strap instead.

How to make it work:
To make Endomondo app “talk ” with your Samsung Gear 2, you need to download Gear Manager app, access Samsung Gear Apps and install the Endomondo Sports Tracker for Gear 2 app. We could only link this app to one Android app, which means that our PRO users must use our Free app when using Gear 2!

Want to snap some pics of your workout? Gear 2 has got you covered. Samsung Gear 2 has a camera (though Gear 2 Neo does not), so you can take pictures while exercising and add them afterwards to your workout on your phone. To do this, you need to do it in the Endomondo app after the workout is completed.

We hope you enjoy tracking with your new Gear and Endomondo!

The Endomondo Team

Our Android App Is Getting in GEAR – the Latest Update Adds Samsung Gear Fit Integration!

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Samsung has some pretty cool Gear, and we couldn’t wait to launch an update featuring this integration. After all the development has been completed, we’re excited to announce that Gear Fit support is now available for users of Samsung Smartphones! For a list of supported devices, scroll down here.

Samsung Gear Fit lets you start, pause or stop a workout while your Endomondo app is running in the background. You can swipe between three page displays and each of them can show up to three different stats, such as distance, speed or workout duration. To change our default settings and configure which stats you would like to see, access Smartwatches in your Endomondo app settings. There, you can also choose if you prefer a light or dark background for your stats.

How to make it work:
When using a Samsung Gear Fit, you just need to download Gear Fit Manager app to your phone and pair it with the device. Then, you download the latest version of our Endomondo Android app or update your current version to 10.3.0 and it will automatically get recognized in your Gear Fit – when you tap on “App Connect” on the Gear Fit, you should see Endomondo among the options.

Many of you have been asking about plans for integration with Samsung Gear 2. Well, it’s coming up in one of the next releases, so stay tuned!

We hope you enjoy getting fit with Gear Fit and Endomondo! Happy tracking and have fun freeing your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Enrich Your Tweets With New Endomondo Workout Posts

If you’re part of the Twitterverse, you might be sharing your Endomondo workouts on Twitter. And, if you are auto-posting these workouts, then you might have noticed that the posts now include more than just a simple line of text.

Starting this week, we introduced Twitter Cards as a part of Endomondo workout posts, so you can give your followers a more exciting overview of your workouts!

When you share your workouts on Twitter, your posts will now show your map, status message and pictures – as long as you’ve added them after your workout and if your privacy settings allow it.

Take a look at the screenshot of the new Twitter workout post:

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In your “Connect” settings at endomondo.com, you can choose to auto-post new workouts to Twitter. The workout will be posted to Twitter 5 minutes after you’re done, so make sure you add a status message and pictures within those 5 minutes to have them included in the Twitter post.

FYI, we don’t share maps, pictures or a status message if your privacy settings aren’t set to “Public”, so remember to adjust your settings accordingly. The map won’t be shown if the workout is indoor based or if you add one picture.

Update for our BlackBerry 10 Users

If you have a BB10 phone, you may have noticed that the latest version of Endomondo for BB10 is not on par with the quality we generally deliver.

The main issue that users are reporting is GPS-related: either it takes a long time for the app to find the GPS, or it tracks but it doesn’t indicate it, or the signal simply doesn’t kick in. Taking in all your feedback, we’ve been bug-hunting like crazy and we think we’ve tracked down the issue, which is caused by certain chipsets. We are running some tests with different BlackBerry phones that have the right chipset, and we hope to have this issue resolved ASAP. Read more

iPhone App Update Is Out Now – Featuring Pebble Integration!

Sometimes, being fashionably late is a good thing. Especially when it means polishing yourself up a little bit more. Pebble smartwatch users have been clamoring for an Endomondo integration, that would give them all the benefits of our app while using their Pebble and leaving their phone in their pocket. With our latest iOS update, we’ve now added Pebble integration. Endomondo’s app for Pebble syncs with iPhone 4S and all iPhone 5 models. Download Endomondo’s Pebble app from the Pebble appstore and try it now.

We made a short video to show you the integration in action. Check it out:

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Getting started:
To sync Endomondo data between a Pebble device and your iPhone, simply go to ‘Settings’ in the Endomondo app to connect with a Pebble device. Make sure that you have the most recent Endomondo iPhone app version (9.2.0).

Benefits:
Control within your reach: Endomondo’s app for Pebble lets you start, pause or stop a workout while exercising. No need to reach for your phone – control the app directly from your Smartwatch! The app can also display up to three different stats, such as distance traveled, heart rate or workout duration.

Feel the vibe: the Endomondo app gives vibrating alerts on the Pebble at each mile or kilometer you’ve covered, and will briefly display a performance summary for the distance. We’ll extend this feedback for each lap within a few months.

Our Android users should be on the lookout for Pebble support later this year. We’re on it, so keep checking back!

Aside from Pebble Integration, we’ve worked on amping up some iOS app features:

Improved voice for audio feedback
We’ve improved the quality of audio feedback – the audio coach has a smoother, more natural voice thanks to the fact that we switched to iOS built-in speech synthesis. Audio coach is now available in English and Danish, and we plan on adding more languages in upcoming releases.

Workout maps included in the news feed
The News feed has become more vibrant – workout maps for most distance-based workouts have been added, so you can see where your friends were working out right in the news feed.

Full-screen photo slider
Yet another feature to make your news feed even more vivid is that you can now view pictures your friends have attached to their workouts in full-screen. If there’s more than one picture, you can simply swipe between them.

Improved GPS status indicator
We changed the way the GPS status indicator works so that it reacts much faster. So, if you get a GPS fix, it will take much less time to reflect that by turning the GPS status indicator from red to green. Additionally, the indicator is now more reliable – it only turns green if you have a good fix.

We hope you enjoy the latest iOS app features and Pebble integration.

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Windows Phone Users, We Have Some News To Get Your Pulse Up: Heart Rate Support Now Available

Windows Phone users, rejoice! Following the relaunch of our Windows Phone 8 app in April, we’ve been working on a second update to give our Windows Phone users better features and functionality. We received lots of great feedback and we hope you’ll like the new version 9.1.0.3.

This latest update includes a series of improvements aimed at delivering smoother performance as well as many sought-after features:

· Heart rate monitoring – we now support Bluetooth low energy heart rate belts, so you can get your heart rate data directly in the history, and check your performance throughout your workouts. Works with Zephyr HxM BT on Windows Phone 8 and with all BTLE heart rate monitors on Windows Phone 8.1. Please note that Windows Phone 8.1 is available only on Nokia Lumia 630 and 930 at the moment. If you downloaded the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview on other Windows Phone device, BTLE heart rate monitors will not be supported – you need to wait for the official Windows Phone 8.1 release.

· Calorie calculations – you now get even more detailed calorie data for all your workouts to help you keep track of your fitness goals.

· More settings – you can now personalize your app more by adding your weight, height, age and gender in the settings menu.

· More social features – we’ve enhanced the news feed on WP8, so you can like, comment, send pep talks, view photos, see the mini map, and even open friends’ workouts.

· Add pictures – you can now attach pictures to your workouts.

· Bug fixes – we’ve addressed some bugs including the auto-pause crash and manual workout sport selection issues.

We hope this update helps you get moving and we will continue towork on adding even more great features for WP8 in future releases. We’d love to hear your feedback, so please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

Meet the new Endomondo for Windows Phone 8

We’re happy to share with you that our new Windows Phone 8 app is now live and available in the Windows Store. Update to version 9.0.0.2 today and enjoy a much nicer and more stable experience.

As previously noted, the main purpose of this release is to get the app up to date so that we have a solid foundation to build new features and a killer app on.

We want to thank the more than 1500 users who signed up to beta test the app. We appreciate your help and welcome any additional feedback.

Here’s a rundown of the main improvements.

Design overhaul and new navigation
The first thing you’ll notice is that the app got a major makeover. It’s now much more Windows Phone and much more 2014 and the usability has improved a lot.

The app still starts at the workout tracker screen but if you slide to the side, you’ll find the new main navigation with easy access to your News Feed, History, Friends, Map and Settings.

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History sync
The history in the app now syncs with Endomondo.com which means that any workouts done with other devices like Garmin or our app on another phone, are now also visible in the app on Windows Phone.

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Text-to-speech and map updates
We’ve improved the audio coach a lot and updated all maps to use Windows Phone 8 maps.

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Facebook single sign-on and sharing
You can now log in easily with Facebook and you can share your workouts on Facebook directly from the app.

Refreshed login flow with intro guide and various bug fixes
In addition to this, we’ve given the login flow an overhaul too and a number of bugs have been fixed.

We hope you’ll take the new app for a spin. Any feedback is welcome at windows.support@endomondo.com or in the comments.

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

Introducing Statistics on Android and iPhone for Premium users

When we introduced our subscription solution, we committed to continuously add value for our Premium users. Today, we are thrilled to introduce Mobile Statistics – the newest addition to Premium on Android and iPhone. We believe that having a nice overview of your hard-earned workout data right in the app is motivating and we hope you’ll enjoy the new feature.

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Before we dig into the specifics of Statistics, please note that users who are not currently Premium members have a chance of trying out Premium including Mobile Statistics for a month at no cost. Just enter code VIEW-MY-STATS during checkout here by the end of April 2014.

How it works
Statistics let you analyze your performance over time. The stats view can be personalized to show exactly the metric you prefer: Number of workouts, distance, duration or calories. To choose your metric, just click on the current metric which will default be set to either Distance or Calories. Further, the charts can be divided into Days/Month, Weeks/Year or Months/Year – and even a few others on Android. Change your setting by clicking on the current time period in the chart’s header.

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Each sport has its own color and your performance in the previous period is illustrated with a light grey bar in the background. If for example you choose the Months/Year view, the grey bar for April shows your total performance last year in April for comparison.

Finally, Premium users on iPhone can filter stats by sport and #hashtag, e.g., to keep track of the mileage done in your running shoes. You’ll find these filtering options in the top bar – and they can actually be applied to your history list as well. These filtering options will be introduced on Android in one of the next releases. We also plan on including a full-screen landscape view on both platforms.

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Endobeautify Launched to Help Users ‘Look’ Good

Designed as a motivational tool that helps people get and stay fit, we understand that demands of modern existence leave people no time to work out. But to provide the illusion of a healthy lifestyle for those slaving away at work, Endomondo proudly announces the launch of Endobeautify. With Endobeautify, the only thing that’s lazy is your imagination!

Because of Endomondo’s social nature — and the fact that workout updates can be posted to newsfeeds on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter — it’s possible for friends and family to see you’ve been slacking off on exercise. But with Endobeautify, you can fabricate a complete fitness history, including workout duration and calories burned, going back five years.

Stuck in a rut running/biking/walking the same old routes? Endobeautify can generate maps to make it appear as if you’ve jogged the streets of London, cycled the Alps, hiked across the Gobi, or even competed in Sochi events. To support your worldly claims, Endobeautify’s imaging software creates plausible photos to be shared on Instagram or across other social networks. Completing the ruse, Endobeautify’s AI engine generates supportive likes, posts and shares to validate your ‘triumphs.’

Endobeautify is available in beta from April 1, 2014. Please write event@endomondo.com if you would like to help us test the new feature.

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