What you need to know
- Runkeeper will end support for its Wear OS app starting with version 9.13 of the app.
- The app is being canned due to bugs, difficulty to maintain, and only a small portion of the community using it.
- This is another sign Wear OS is struggling as a platform, and according to recent sales data, it has only a tiny fraction of the wearables market.
Recently, the popular fitness app Runkeeper (opens in new tab) began sending out emails that it is ending support for its Wear OS app. The app, which is developed by ASICS, helps you track running, walking, biking, and more with GPS.
Unfortunately, if you were hoping to track your workouts with a Wear OS watch, that option will no longer be available as of version 9.13 of the app. The email informing users of the untimely demise was recently posted by a Reddit use and reads:
As the email states, you can reach out with any questions, and Reddit user MyStuffBreaks did just that. In response, the Runkeeper support team further elaborated on the reasons for killing off the Wear OS app.
As disappointing as it is for a popular fitness app to end support for the Wear OS platform, it's difficult to argue with ASICS' reasoning. Even with Runkeeper boasting "50 million users and counting", if the majority of your users aren't using the Wear OS app, there isn't much use of pouring more resources into it.
It's just another example of the sad state the Wear OS platform is in overall. Even the most recent data from Canalys painted a pretty dismal picture for the second quarter, where the most popular Wear OS brand, Fossil, only snagged 4.1% of the market.
With the recent release of the Gen 5 Fossil watches, it's possible we could see an uptick in the third quarter, but I won't be holding my breath. As for all you Wear OS fans looking to track your runs, it appears you'll have to switch to another app soon or start bringing your phone if you want to stick with Runkeeper.
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Classic design packed with all the features.
If you're looking for a smartwatch with Wear OS with a classy design but built for sport, then the Gen 5 Fossil Smartwatch is the one for you. It runs the latest Snapdragon 3100 processor, features a speaker, NFC, GPS, and has a swimproof design.
I jumped to Android when my Windows Phone died, first thing I did was get a wear OS smartwatch to get used to the whole ecosystem. I feel like I'm back on a Windows Phone..
I'm a former WP user as well. The Gear S3, although a couple years old now, software updates have kept it as a formidable contender. The writing has been on the wall for Wear OS for some time now. There really is no need to have a Wear OS device to "learn Android". There are plenty of Galaxy watches that offer a variety of sports tracking. I think you'll be pleased with any of them.
As one of the people who actually used the RunKeeper WearOS app, I support this decision. First I changed to a Samsung Galaxy Watch a few months ago and have never looked back. This thing runs great, sips battery, and has a good app ecosystem. I've in fact been using the Strava app on it for running and hiking, and not only is it better than RunKeeper on WearOS, it's better than Strava on WearOS. I wish all these apps were more configurable (I'd like the stats that it displays on the watch to be selectable) but the Galaxy Watch and Strava have been working well together. Runkeeper on WearOS always had issues, and while support tried to be helpful, there wasn't much they could do. Oh well.
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