A standalone Strava app is coming to Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

For Apple Watch Series 2 owners, the wait continues...
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Standalone apps act as one of the key figures of Google's long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update, and now fitness enthusiasts can look forward to using Strava without their smartphones.

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Previously, users had to install Wear apps on their paired smartphone in order to tether their activity, but those using Strava on the new OS can record and upload their athletic ventures through the smartwatch with the dedicated app.

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This means that users can take advantage of GPS on Wear watches like the LG Watch Sport and wireless support to track time, distance, pace, heart rate, split times and laps.

"Wear 2.0's standalone model is forward thinking and innovative, and pushes the limits of what we thought was possible. This platform introduces many features that benefit Strava athletes, such as the option to record and upload activities independent of their phone," said Mateo A. Ortega, Head of Integration for Strava.

The move to integrate Strava with Android Wear 2.0-packing devices means that now over 100 GPS-packing products can work with the app.

Interestingly, though, that list doesn't yet include the Apple Watch Series 2, despite the promise of a standalone app when Apple announced the new iteration back in September. But fans of Strava who were forced to look elsewhere for a standalone tracking app will soon be rewarded for their wait.

"We do not currently support the native GPS of the Apple Watch 2.0. But, the next version of Strava for Apple Watch is in the works, and will take advantage of the native GPS. We expect to release it before spring (early 2017)," reads an official comment from Strava on the company's support site.

So there you have it, folks. Not only is Strava hitting the Wear masses from launch, but those donning Apple on their wrist should be free to log their workouts in the not too distant future as well.


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