Runkeeper adds GPS support to track runs with Apple Watch Series 2

Live heart rate and pace graphs now also thrown into the mix
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Good news running lovers and Apple Watch Series 2 owners, Runkeeper has just issued a pretty major app update that takes full advantage of the built-in GPS to track runs so you can leave that iPhone behind.

While we were generally fans of Apple's headline feature introduced with the Series 2, it was disappointing to see that no third party health and fitness apps had really taken full advantage of the added GPS to enhance standalone Apple Watch apps.

Read this: Why GPS tracking on Apple Watch Series 2 is so impressive

With version 7.6 of the latest Runkeeper update, you'll now be able to view mapped routes on your phone after you go out running with the Series 2.

There's also the addition of active metrics you can see on the watch itself including target pace and live heart rate graphs. You'll also be able to view GPS signal strength and get live audio cues to keep you informed on your progress.

Runkeeper, which was bought by Asics earlier this year, is the first of the major fitness apps to become more Series 2 friendly. We're expecting more to follow suit with Strava having already confirmed that it is working on a new Apple Watch app that's expected to land in 2017.

The latest update is available to download now. If you're giving it a try, let us know what you make of it when you're out running and cycling with your Apple Watch.

Source: 9to5 Mac and Runkeeper

Runkeeper adds GPS support to track runs with Apple Watch Series 2

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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