Sports App League Table – Winners & Losers 2018-2019 – Best Sports App

Clickable – Same data as below

I did some work on the best sports apps (run/walk/bike/tri) in mid-2015 for one of my non-the5krunner projects and decided to revisit and update some of the stats from 2015-2017 with figures to the end of 2018.

The results make very interesting reading for me and some of the winners and losers might be surprising to us all.

The stats below (and to the right) are of sports apps showing the number of ratings and the current aggregate review rating. So we have some indication of the user base as well as the engagement of the user base.

 

For those of us who like to think we are athletes to some degree, it is humbling to see the sheer numbers of people using the likes of Runtastic, Nike and Fitbit who probably aren’t athletes. We are in the minority…BIG TIME. I also have stats for the approximate number of installs and, for example, Runtastic and Garmin are both over 10million. Wow !

Winners – Increased Ranking based on #Reviews

This is a measure of growth compared to the competition

  • Endomondo, Fitbit ++, STRAVA, Garmin Connect ++, MapMyFitness Walk+Ride, Runtastic MTB, Jawbone Up, Polar Beat, Suunto Movescount ++, UA Record,

Considering that Nike have a tie-in with Apple, it’s quite likely that if we had aggregate data for both the Android and iOS/WatchOS platforms that Nike would be doing very well indeed.

Losers – Decreased Ranking based on #Reviews

  • Runkeeper, Google Fit, Sports Tracker, MapMyFitess Run, Runtastic Road Bike+MTB Pro,  Ride With GPS

Winners – Based on Increase in Aggregate Rating

This is a measure of user satisfaction and these are the apps that people think have improved

  • Garmin Connect, Polar Flow/Beat,  Suunto Movescount, Training Peaks

Losers – Based on Decrease in Aggregate Rating

In previous years several apps falling into this category soon stopped entirely eg TomTom. Just sayin’.

  • Fitbit, Google Fit, Jawbone Up, Runtastic MTB/Road Pro, Wahoo Fitness, RideWithGps,

Winners – Based on the %age increase in the number of Reviews

This is a measure of growth based on the previous position of the company/app.

  • Garmin Connect, Polar Flow/Beat, Suunto Movescount, Training Peaks.

Overall Winner

Based on that data I would have to reluctantly declare Garmin Connect the winner.

I use the word ‘reluctantly’ as I think they should be doing even better with the usability of their Connect app.

Commentary

My opinion would be that these stats may also give an oblique insight into how well the various companies hardware devices are selling.

It would be no surprise that we could draw the conclusion that Garmin is selling more devices. However there are many rumblings about Polar and Suunto’s products. Yet these stats go some way to dispelling the rumblings and, conversely, suggesting that Polar and Suunto may well be doing quite nicely indeed.

Even Fitbit could be notably growing on the back of sales of Ionic and Versa devices. Yet a fall in the rating of their app tallies with my experience. At one time, Fitbit seemed to work for me on any platform but my remaining memory from last year is problems with pairing and problems getting a simple mp3 onto a device.

A final comment would be that the aggregate rating is surprisingly constant from one year to the next. Perhaps that is a reflection that the vast majority of those user ratings would come from over a year ago and therefore the aggregate rating figure is hard to shift? Probably. But then that also puts Fitbit decline into somewhat more of a stark perspective ie the last year’s worth of Fitbit’s ratings must have been poor.

Data – Android – Google Play

If I’ve missed some please let me know and I will add them if they have more than 1000 reviews.

The image above is of the same data but the colour coding on that image aids readability.

Jan-18 Jan-19
Orig Rank Android App Name Reviews +/- % Rating Reviews +/- % Rating Rank Rank +/- Link
1 Runtastic running & fitness 786,436 186% 4.5 859,626 109% 4.5 1 0 Link
2 Nike+ Running 642,289 179% 4.4 772,904 120% 4.4 2 0 Link
4 Endomondo 496,590 199% 4.5 602,708 121% 4.5 3 1 Link
3 Runkeeper GPS Track Run Walk 484,009 157% 4.5 515,184 106% 4.5 4 -1 Link
11 Fitbit 315,352 388% 4 402664 128% 3.9 5 6 Link
7 Strava Running & Cycling GPS 302,800 233% 4.5 380973 126% 4.5 6 1 Link
17 Garmin connect 178,785 730% 3.8 315886 177% 4.1 7 10 Link
6 Google Fit 234,713 181% 3.9 282365 120% 3.8 8 -2 Link
9 Runtastic Running Pro ($$$) 206,656 170% 4.5 216831 105% 4.5 9 0 Link
8 Sports Tracker 181,238 147% 4.5 197832 109% 4.5 10 -2 Link
10 Mapmyfitness – Run 170,653 179% 4.5 195864 115% 4.5 11 -1 Link
13 Mapmyfitness – Walk 128,104 223% 4.5 157053 123% 4.5 12 1 Link
14 Mapmyfitness – Ride 98,594 177% 4.5 112114 114% 4.5 13 1 Link
12 Runtastic Road Bike 90,528 135% 4.4 92226 102% 4.4 14 -2 Link
20 Polar Flow 42,660 576% 3.5 73170 172% 3.8 15 5 Link
16 Runtastic Mountain Bike 50,141 124% 4.5 50970 102% 4.5 16 0 Link
21 Jawbone Up 41,965 748% 4.1 43823 104% 4 17 4 Link
22 Polar Beat 16,455 465% 3.8 25917 158% 4 18 4 Link
19 Runtastic Road Bike Pro ($$$) 16,038 139% 4.4 17392 108% 4.3 19 0 Link
27 Suunto Movescount 10,448 604% 2.3 16963 162% 2.7 20 7 Link
18 Runtastic Mountain Bike Pro ($$$) 15,819 130% 4.5 16573 105% 4.4 21 -3 Link
29 Under Armour Record 13,948 892% 4 16436 118% 4 22 7 Link
23 Training Peaks 8,086 294% 4.5 12312 152% 4.6 23 0 Link
26 Wahoo Fitness 5,897 331% 4.2 6591 112% 4.1 24 2 Link
27 Suunto App 4931 3.9 25 2 Link
31 Microsoft Health 4,604 481% 3.4 4891 106% 3.4 26 5 Link
34 Elite HVRV 2,961 1032% 4.5 3539 120% 4.4 27 7 Link
25 Ride with GPS 3,102 161% 4.1 3415 110% 4 28 -3 Link
32 MIO Go 2829 317% 2.3 3046 108% 2.3 29 3 Link
28 Samsung Activity Tracker 2,556 161% 3.5 2745 107% 3.5 30 -2 Link
30 IpBike 2,061 168% 4.2 2140 104% 4.2 31 -1 Link
36 Tacx Training 861 797% 2.1 2034 236% 3 32 4 Link
33 Epson Pulsense 790 219% 2.6 846 107% 2.6 33 0 Link
35 ithlete 264 228% 3.6 294 111% 3.6 34 1 Link
37 BioforceHRV 109 156% 3 113 104% 3 35 2 Link
38 TomTom Sports 22137 n/a 3.8
5 My Tracks (Google) Link
15 adidas micoach Link
24 TomTom MySports 11,827 589% 2.3 Link

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