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Runkeeper is updating to 3.0 for iOS just in time for the New Year. The improvements include a cleaner UI, better photo sharing and tracking abilities and refactored code base that should enable faster and better improvements in the future.

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Runkeeper, like any good runner, is trying to improve on its performance and achieve a quicker stride. The fitness tracking app is taking a significant step toward that Monday with the release of version 3.0 for iOS, which provides an overhauled redesign that extends down to a cleaned-up codebase.

RunkeeperThe result is a sleeker user experience and an upgraded platform that will mean even faster updates in the future. Here’s a look at some of the improvements in 3.0, which is coming to Android soon.

The overall look, which de-emphasizes bold colors, has been cleaned up to create a more consistent UI that is easier to read and navigate. Users can now share in-app photos to Facebook and Twitter more easily at any time during their workout. Runkeeper photos are integrated with Twitter’s card system. It’s all part of an improved sharing and end-of-workout experience on Runkeeper.

Runkeeper Elite users ($19.99 per year) can also enable live activity tracking so friends can follow a user’s progress. Signing up for Elite is also now enabled right from the app. The new Runkeeper also does a better job incorporating improvements over the last year such as the ability to track progress against set goals and compete with friends in the app.

runkeeper3.02Under the hood, Runkeeper touched up every page in the app as part of an overhaul of the codebase. By refactoring the code, Runkeeper can boost the performance of the app and push out new releases much faster.

RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs said the redesign touched almost every employee at the company, which has grown to 38 people, up from 12 a year ago. He said hitting this release on time gives the company confidence it can maintain an aggressive timeline into 2013, as it plans a lot more improvements.

The company, one of the first GPS tracking fitness apps for the iPhone, continues to grind away, thanks in part to $10 million raised a little over a year ago. It’s now up to 14 million users, with half a million new users jumping onboard each month. With the New Year upon us, the update to 3.0 should get a lot of new sign-ups from resolution-setting users.

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  1. I think runkeeper has one of the best things going for them with the healthGraph but their app has always been one of the most useless ones out there. In this day and age you shouldn’t have to go to the site to get the details of a run. I really hope they expand the app enough to offer the same ondevice functionality you see from Runtastic.

    1. Hey William, thanks for the feedback! Can you be more specific about what you feel is missing from the app experience? We’d love to know more. Also, if you check out the update, would love to hear your thoughts on that as well. Thanks!

      1. Not to threadjack, but it would be super helpful if the app and the Healthgraph provided better support for cardio activities that aren’t distance-related (e.g., stationary biking, calisthenics, etc.). Third-party apps let you record those activities but the way they are tracked isn’t consistent.

      2. LOL. How much more specific does he need to be?

      3. Not William…but I am switching over to runkeeper from runmeter because i got a Withings scale for Christmas. One thing i like about runmeter is the color coded triangles/calendar integration that shows at a glance where i am trending above or below pace. Does runkeeper have such capability coming?

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