RunKeeper Updated With Pebble Smart Watch Support

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Just over a year ago, popular workout tracking app RunKeeper announced that it was working on support for the Pebble smart watch, which ultimately broke a number of records in raising over $10 million on Kickstarter. With Pebbles having started shipping earlier this year, RunKeeper today announced the availability of updated versions of its iOS and Android apps to provide Pebble integration.

    Integration is relatively simple for the time being, with a paired Pebble automatically displaying elapsed time, distance, and pace when a RunKeeper activity is underway, although TechCrunch reports that the RunKeeper team is working on expanding functionality.
    For those who did not order Pebble through Kickstarter, the smart watch is available for pre-order with delivery scheduled for summer. RunKeeper is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: RunKeeper Updated With Pebble Smart Watch Support
  2. jasonw76 macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Can't wait to try it tonight on my run.

    I hope more functionality comes to the pebble.
  3. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    At last!! I can finally become a marathon runner!
  4. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
  5. Lindberg macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Denmark, Aarhus
  6. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
  7. elpamyelhsa macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2010
    Geraldton, Western Australia
    I'm sad I waited to preorder it a few months ago now and not backing it as have to wait a lot longer for the little pebble.
  8. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Can someone just confirm something for me. Is this literally just showing the runkeeper data on the watch? I.E is it only a convenience and no real extra functionality gained on your run other than not having to look at your iPhone screen?
  9. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    Hey I backed it in the first week. Still waiting. You'll have a lot less of a wait time!
    Glad this app is out though. My Up allows me to track my workout afterwards, this will allow me to do it during. Nice!
  10. dewser35 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    If you took the time to actually read the post, right now that is all you can do. There are enhancements planned in the future. Obviously you don't run with a phone app going or you would realize what a huge PITA it is to try to see where you're at. Knowing pace, distance covered and time elapsed is a great start. Pebble development has been very deliberate for a reason. It's the same reason the iPhone had no app store in the first year. Do a few core things, do them well, don't do more unless you can still hit that high bar standard.
  11. jclardy macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    Yes. The advantage is that you don't have to risk flinging your iPhone across the pavement to check my RK stats while running, or have to stop and check - you just glance at the watch. Also for cycling, just stick your phone in your backpack.
  12. 8ate8 macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2010
    Central Jersey
    Also, according to the update description, you can pause and resume your activity from the Pebble as well, which is huge. I hate having to retrieve my phone, open the app, and then pause the activity whenever I want to stop bike ride for a sip of water. And then you press resume, and it's counting your time while you repack your phone. Having the ability to do it from the watch will make it more convenient and allow more accurate results.
  13. Smartass macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    so you still need your iphone with you when you go running? Oh yes that watch is so useful.
  14. jpmack macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Confirmed, the Select button will pause and resume RK. Down button lights the screen.
  15. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Could you please send me a link to the device you've developed?
  16. Treq macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Yes it is. (I'm just assuming you weren't being sarcastic because only a blind person wouldn't see the usefulness of this)
  17. NightFox macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    Where has this stupid idea come from over the last few years that you can't criticise something unless you've done better yourself? I can't play football but I can recognise bad play, I can't do joinery but I can recognise bad workmanship, I can't direct a movie but I know when I'm watching a turkey. Get the idea?
  18. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I think the sheer number of backers/amount of money the pebble raised on kickstarter kind of voids your argument. The pebble is a desirable product, numbers don't lie. The ability to see your data while running/cycling without holding your phone in your hand is in fact a convenience. And the ability to start/stop from the watch is a pretty big deal. Anyone who runs or cycles would likely agree. I get what you're trying to say here, but I am not recognizing what the "bad play" is.

    Side note- There is so much hate for the smart watch. It's been a long time coming, and it's here now. It's only going to improve. Get used to it. If you don't like it, don't buy it. I am biased since I'm kind of a watch nut to begin with- but I don't understand everyone flaming pebble and anyone else who is rumored to be making a smart watch. I'll never buy a ferrari, but I don't hate ferrari for doing what they do. I'll never buy a Mac Pro, but I like apple computers. Just because a companies product isn't tailored to your individual needs it doesn't mean it's not useful to someone else.
  19. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI

    Boy, what an apt screen name. Yes, you still need your phone with you. The one you would likely carry with you, anyway. The one that most people have within three feet of them anytime they're awake, and usually asleep also. The phone that has your email, SMS/iMessages, GPS, music, etc. on it.

    The usefulness comes when you don't have to pull the phone out of your pocket to start and stop the workout. And when you can just put the phone in your backpack while riding and glance at the watch to see your distance, etc.

    What a visionary you are... :rolleyes:


    Except in this case, where the critique was just ignorantly asinine...
  20. Smartass macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    how is it usefull that i have to, while running around, carry a big smartphone in my pocket? Have you ever ran with an iphone or any other phone around? It's annoying and uncomfortable.

    Oh yes because verytime im running i constantly need to see my messages, emails, facebook notifications etc...

    Yet another reason why a smartwatch is a total fail. All it does is that it cancels the HORRIBLE move with your hand to your pocket and back out again. And thats about it. Some visionary product.
  21. Treq macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Plenty useful. Many people ride/run with their phone. Just because you find it uncomfortable, doesn't mean everybody, or even most, people will as well. I don't have a use for this function myself, but I can clearly see how lots of people will find it useful.
  22. NOV macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2004
    The Netherlands
    I come from Nike Sportwatch which has all functionality built in the watch so no need to carry a phone with you. Nevertheless I'm quite unhappy with it, the Gps reception is problematic and it's badly designed with some hard plastic wrist band that contains an usb interface to connect to your mac. It's absolutely not suited to carry around all day.

    I hope Apple gets it right when/if they release their watch.
  23. Treq macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    The pebble comes with a plastic band. I swapped it out to a link band and its much more comfortable. It takes a standard 22mm band, so you can swap it with almost any style band you like.
  24. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    And that's all I need it for, that's why I spent £90 on my Kickstarter Pebble. If getting a phone out of your pocket isn't a big thing for you - congrats. The only times I've ever dropped my phone and the one time it was almost stolen from me was when I was "just checking". Now I can "just check" from my watch and leave my iPhone buried in a pocket or in my bag.
    I find it most useful for hiking+rafting. I keep my iPhone sealed in a waterproof bag and handle the time/notification check from my Pebble.

    It's an amazing little device.

    I've noticed that and I totally agree. Of course anyone can criticise anything, it adds more weight if you've/your company has accomplished more but all criticism counts.
  25. kugino macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2003
    i get that you can't do much.

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