RunKeeper Lands on Android


RunKeeper, coordinated nicely with the Boston Marathon, takes the starting line on Android 2.x devices today. This software is among my personal favorites as it uses a phone’s GPS to track and report on any type of mobile exercise: running, cross-country skiing and hiking, to name a few. Up to now, however, I was missing RunKeeper because it was iPhone-only and I adopted a Google Nexus One (s goog) over three months ago. RunKeeper, it’s good to see you again.

This first version, free in the Android Market, offers just the basics but I’d expect to see an offering comparable to the RunKeeper Pro app in the near future. For now, expect time, distance, speed, pace, calories and map tracking with RunKeeper for Android. Of course, you can listen to music while using the app, and there are configurable voice cues for pace on the iPhone (s aapl) version which I hope to see added soon as well.

Perhaps the best part of RunKeeper is the online tracking of all workouts, something I demonstrated in my video review a few months back. I use the tracking to see the impact of elevation changes on my running pace. And recently, the RunKeeper folks added live broadcasting of workouts to friends and family. If you haven’t seen it, today’s the day because RunKeeper founder, Jason Jacobs, is running in Boston and you can follow along here in real time.

Since I started using the Nexus One, I had to find an alternative app for workout tracking. It’s worth a mention that SportyPal fit the bill for me these past few months. I personally prefer RunKeeper’s interface and ease of use, but SportyPal works well. I already had six months worth of workout data in RunKeeper, so I decided to stay put — manually entering workouts as a workaround. Now I can focus on actually doing my workouts, and not entering them into a phone or computer, thanks to the new RunKeeper for Android version.

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Michael Reynaga

cant find it in the app market on my HTC Incredible, had it on the Motorola Droid but for some reason its not there now. also cant find a few other apps, does this have something to do with 2.1 with Sense UI?

Kevin C. Tofel

I’ve heard that some software titles in the Market are specifically not showing up for the Incredible. The Market can filter by device and it sounds like the Incredible isn’t part of the Market database since it’s not officially available until April 29. :(

If you ping the RunKeeper folks directly, they might be able to get you an .APK for installation, but of course, that’s just a suggestion. Not sure if they would do that or not.

Roshan Shrestha

Hoping I can use Pandora and Runkeeper together, which I wasn’t able to do on my wife’s iPhone.

Kevin C. Tofel

You can do that on Android due to multitasking support. I’d strongly suggest turning the screen off though for battery purposes.

jahan khan rashid

I’ll give run keeper a try but I’ve been getting used to the full version of cardio trainer on Tue Android store which does pretty Mich the same thing on my x10/ hi res Android phones which I feel is going to be hard to beat, give it a try!

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