TRails app uses AW2 GPS now

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by dallison13, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. dallison13 macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2014
    Add the trails app to the list of apps that are using the built in GPS of the Apple Watch 2. It allows you to choose on the watch whether you're tracking via phone or watch. Then, you can choose your type of activity. Walking, hiking, running, many many options.
    Also tracked my ascent and decent during my walk. Also allowed me to save waypoints. Saved as a workout in HealthKit.

    Certainly a better implementation than any I've see so far.

    To top it off, you can export the Gpx and then send it off to Strava or Garmin or wherever.

    Nice nice app. Check it out.

    Trails · Outdoor GPS Logbook by iosphere GmbH
  2. Bob190 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015
    Looks cool and tried it for a quick walk, but I don't see any way to pause the recording? I could just be missing it.

    Unfortunately I am kind of addicted to the voice feedback on the NRC app, so without that I probably wouldn't use it much for runs.
  3. dallison13 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2014
    Old school hard press to pause. And you can set alerts and frequency thereof in the app settings. It appears that you can even set a. custom message at a custom interval. Whether or not that works on the watch? I don't know.

    I'm interested din it for hiking, as that is my passion here in the Pacific Northwest.

    Slowly, SLOWLY, but surely, these apps are coming together.....
    --- Post Merged, Dec 21, 2016 ---
    So that I am not spreading false information, it does not appear that you can pause the watch version at this time. Once you stop the track, the only way top resume is on a phone. Odd omission.
    Also, the custom alerts, as cool as they are, are on the phone only. I just tested that.
  4. Bob190 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015
    I agree it is really silly that there isn't a way to pause the app during a run. Even more silly is the fact that seemingly all of the developers of running apps for the AW never seem to get it 100% right. There always seems to be at least one useful feature missing for whatever reason.
  5. dallison13 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2014

    Especially if you have already developed an app that people are used to. Runkeeper for example. There are lots of customization options in the IOS app. Why do they think people would want to settle for a half baked watch app. That does nothing but frustrates people. Maybe Strava is taking the right approach and hoping to get it mostly right on the first go, and taking their time is a good strategy.

    As for this Trails app, I ran with it last night, and the accuracy was right on with my Garmin 735xt which resides on my other wrist. I basically wear both on runs these days. (Usually running the Nike app on the AW). I was delighted about the accuracy because When I've used the app on a real hike before (a few months ago) the distance was horribly off.

    As for not having a pause? What a ridiculous thing to omit. Who doesn't stop to look at a waterfall, a vista, to take a break, etc? That seems like a no brainer for a hiking app.

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