Endomondo gets big UI overhaul, smattering of new fitness features

If you're thinking of getting in shape this summer, Endomondo has just updated their fitness tracking app with a new look and a whole bunch of new features. The tracker in version 8.0 now has a pause state before full stop, since a lot of users were accidentally stopping their workout. The history page now lets you switch between total distance, duration, and calories sorting for days with more than one workout, along with a revamped summary screen for individual workouts. There's now a rating system for routes along friend tracking and records, so you can pick the best places to run, bike, and otherwise burn off calories. The social news feed has been tidied up so it 's easier to see what friends are up to, as well as being easier to drill into their specific profile.

Endomondo is hugely popular among fitness freaks, and even if you're only casual about your exercise regiment, the free version should be enough to keep you on task. Go ahead and get downloading at the link below! If you're still on the fence, check out our review over here.

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There are 14 comments

Cares says:

The new UI is refreshing and very cool...I like Endomondo and what it's out to do...unfortunately for me it is less accurate than my Garmin watch. I still use both though depending on the situation.

Gekko says:

how does it compare with RunKeeper?

mapin says:

It doesn't quit on you if you exit the app to go do something else (like check email or snap a photo) and try to return to it. I stopped using RunKeeper because it wouldn't stay in memory if you try to multi-task. Endomondo stays running and you can return to it without worry of losing your ongoing workout.

Biggnaa20 says:

My thoughts exactly. It also has more built in exercises and a more robust desktop website.

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Gekko says:

thanks for the replies. no problems like this with RunKeeper on my G-Nex. i can check email, send/receive texts, use Pandora, etc. and RunKeeper keeps running and calculating in the background. the only problem i've had with RunKeeper is the PAUSE feature. i tried PAUSE and tried to RESUME it several minutes later and could not find a way to RESUME the EVENT where i left off - so i had no choice but to start a new EVENT. also - i tried the AUTO-PAUSE feature which did not seem to work. otherwise - RunKeeper is pretty good but i may try this one. i tried Nike+ very recently and felt it was poor.

mapin says:

Interesting, I have a GSM GNex and it was a constant problem. It didn't happen every time though, but if I multi-tasked enough, I would lose RunKeeper. In any event, yeah give this one a try, I like it much more.

wicketr says:

Wish there was a way for it to sync up with my Garmin Heart Rate Monitor!

Cares says:

This would be awesome since I lost one of my Garmin watches and I have an extra HRM.

CountryDevil says:

Did they fix the way the figure calories burned? I stopped using it because the calculations used to figure calorie burn did not take into account of the heart rate during workouts.

brendilon says:

The effect of heart rate on calories burned is negligible at best. You burn calories as a result of work done, whether your heart rate is 98 bpm or 198 bpm is irrelevant.

ScottJ says:

You are correct in that your heart rate doesn't contribute much directly to the number of calories you burn. However, there's a strong correlation between heart rate and the amount of work you are actually doing. A heart rate measurement can take into account factors that Endomondo cannot consider on its own.

For instance, say I ride 70 miles on my bike as I did yesterday. Endomondo recorded my entire ride. My heart rate monitor (a Polar) also recorded my heart rate for the entire ride. The Endomondo app knows how fast I was going at any one point, the duration of my ride, and how far I went. Based on this and its knowledge of my weight it makes a calorie calculation. However, that's not the entire picture. I had a serious head wind for a good portion of that 70 miles. Endomondo has no way of knowing that the wind was blowing. Yet, my heart rate was elevated for that period above what it normally would be without a head wind. Thus, the heart rate monitor has the opportunity to account for a factor that Endomondo cannot. The same goes for hills or extra weight like my backpack. In theory, Endomondo could factor in elevation gain/loss into its calorie calculations but after several months of use I see no sign that it does.

At the end of my rides/runs I input in my average and maximum heart rates into the Endomono site. Inevitably, Endomondo adjusts down the calories based on those numbers. It almost always comes close to matching the number of calories recorded by my Polar after it's takes into account the heart rate. This is likely because I'm fitter and more efficient than the average person its normal formula represents. The heart rate monitor helps to make its calculations more accurate.

ScottJ says:

A few releases ago they fixed a glitch in the app that underestimated calories burned. The amount recorded by the app and the amount calculated by the Web site were considerably different. After that release, the formula used between the app and the Website matched. Since I don't have a Bluetooth heart rate strap (I have a separate Polar unit) I'm not sure if the real-time calculations in the app utilize your heart rate received from a compatible strap. I do know that if you manually update your workout on the Web site and input your average and max heart rates, it does recalculate the calories burned based on the new information.

lucasb1 says:

They are actually changing UI elements to match those in the WP7 Endomondo App. Interesting.

Gspot82 says:

hmmm, might have to give endomondo another shot. I use sportstracker but Endomondo has more fitness type options and the ability to add goals. The reason I stick with sportstracker because it has the best cross-platform support and the best web interface BY FAR.

I will have to give endomondo another shot.