Many of you have been eagerly questioning us about integration with Android Wear. It’s time to get your answers. Today, we are delighted to announce a massive update, which aside from Android Wear integration, also includes another coveted wearable integration – Samsung Gear S – as well as some cool new Android app features.
First off, let’s jump right in to our Android Wear integration. Android Wear support is included in the free version of our app. To make it work, you just need to pair the Smartwatch via the Android Wear app.
There are several ways to start a workout on Android Wear. You can either:
- Scroll down to the three-dot menu, select the Endomondo app and hit the start button,
- Start the workout on your phone, press the notification you get on your Android Wear when it pops up and swipe to the “Open” button, or
- Use the nifty Voice Activation feature and say “Start Endomondo”, “Start a workout”, “Start a bike ride” or “Start a run”.
On Android Wear, you can swipe between three display pages, and each of them can show up to 2 different stats. To define the stats, access your Endomondo app settings, select “Smartwatches”, and choose Android Wear to define zones on your display. If you want to check out your location, simply tap to expand your map view on your display.
Samsung Gear S
After introducing Samsung Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo integration, we are adding support for yet another member of Samsung wearable tech family: Samsung Gear S!
Samsung Gear S 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. Gear S not only measures your heart rate, it can then show this data in your Endomondo app and on your Gear S display. The sensor, located on the backside of the watch, sends the heart rate data to the Endomondo app, but this can be disabled if you prefer to use a heart rate strap instead.
To make the Endomondo app “talk” with your Samsung Gear S, you need to download the Gear Manager app, access Samsung Gear Apps and install the Endomondo Sports Tracker for Gear app. This app could only be linked to one Android app, which means that our PRO users must use our Free app when using Gear S! But fear not – when you download the Free version and log in with the account associated with your PRO app, all your PRO features will be automatically unlocked.
FYI, the Android Wear app offers Heart Rate data support for the Smartwatches that have built-in heart rate monitors (currently Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Live).
New Training plan creation wizard and overview:
Creating a Training Plan is easier than ever. When you select Training Plan from the menu, you’ll find the Training Plan creation wizard, which explains how the plans work. We’ve also added a new training plans overview to provide you with better information about your training.
Tweet your workouts effortlessly. You can now share your individual workouts to Twitter right from the Android app or set auto-sharing of your workout at the start or the end of a workout. You can do so from the social screen after you stop your workout or access the app’s Connect and Share settings and tap ‘Manage Twitter sharing’:
Android users, we hope you get a kick out of our latest update! Now, you have even more wearable options to pair with the app and new features to keep you going strong. We have another Android wearable integration in the works, so stay tuned for more on that coming up!
Free your endorphins!
The Endomondo Team