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The unusually named Sporty Go! app from qooapps is now ready to go for any STRYD users out there who are keen to use a WearOS watch as their sporting weapon of choice. Also announced today is the linking of Sporty Go! with Final Surge to upload your workouts.
I have tried to find the time to work through all this with some on-device testing but I’ve just not had the time and news can’t wait. Sorry! (See comments from tester, @AMIT, below)
So there’s a couple of interesting points here.
STRYD have been keen to support Sporty Go! following on from their own internal foray into gaining support from the Apple Watch. There is probably a decent amount of interest from the Apple world for STRYD and getting a STRYD app in place now can only be a good thing to take advantage of the new version of WatchOS and, of course, the new Apple Watch 5 in September which will likely have yet more sporting features than already announced to date as it continues to become an ever-more competent sports device.
Wear OS is an interesting platform. I quite like it in some ways yet I can’t see it being too fertile a hunting ground for STRYD sales – I could be wrong, but I suspect that was one reason why STRYD were keen to help Sporty Go!, rather than developing the app themselves! Plus, Stefan (@Sporty Go) has already shown some great tricks with enabling watch faces for sports on the Samsung platform, so it was clear from the start that he was more than up to the task at hand.
From what I saw of the beta app (alpha?) a while back it was heading in the right direction and it looks from the screen shots of the released version that it’s going to be a sensibly-designed and relatively spartan app. Stefan seems also to have ticked some of the more sensible boxes by linking to STRAVA, Training Peaks and, today, as announced by linking to Final Surge.
I’m getting to the interesting bit 😉
That’s all relatively straightforward for a new app, I guess. But the interesting bit is that in the next couple of weeks it will be possible to create complex structured workouts in Final Surge and execute them on Sporty Go WITH STRYD’s power. It has been possible to create the same structured workouts and pipe them back to GARMIN devices but there it’s the lack of native power that means that the power alerts/zones don’t get used.
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