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Runtastic for Windows Phone
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Runtastic Pro updated on Windows Phone 8, adds training plans, Nokia Music streaming, and more

We love, love apps getting updated. Especially ones that we use on a frequently basis or are loved by the community. Runtastic is one of those apps that we’re glad to see on Windows Phone and has been well received by the community. The app has just been updated to version 2.5, so let’s see what’s new.

If you’re rocking either Runtastic or Runtastic Pro you’ll want to go to the Store and update. Version 2.5 isn’t a major overhaul or anything, but it does add some more polish to an already great app. P.S. Runtastic does change logs the right way.

New features:

  • Get training plans and reach your personal goals (e.g. 10K run in 50 minutes, weight loss, etc)
  • Hear a countdown before your session starts
  • Listen to free Nokia Music Streaming Radio during your sessions (Lumia devices only)

Improvements:

  • Share your completed routes on Facebook

Fixes:

  • Connecting Runtastic to Facebook
  • Sharing via Twitter
  • App crash when taking multiple pictures during a session

Runtastic for Windows Phone with Nokia Music

By far the two biggest features added in this update are training plans and Nokia Music. With Runtastic you’ve always been able to select a local playlist from within the app to play during your workouts. But now they’ve added another benefit to owning a Nokia handset – Nokia Music Streaming from within the app. They’ve pre-selected four Nokia Music mixes (Cardio Top Hits, Power Workout Mix, Charts Mix, and Dance Mix) that you can play from within Runtastic.

Training plans are going to be pretty interesting for a few of you. Runtastic offers training plans that are tailored around achieving one goal. In the past you had to sign up through the website, but the functionality was missing in Windows Phone. Now you can browse, buy, and train with the different training plans offered from Runtastic through Windows Phone.

Runtastic for Windows Phone with Training Plans

The Training plans vary in goals from weight loss, training for a 10K or marathon, to getting your body ready for bikini season. For example, let’s say you’re planning on running a half marathon for the first time and haven’t really researched the best way to prep. You’ll then browse the different training plans in the half marathon section which vary in what time you’re aiming to finish. Select the goal you want, buy the plan, and Runtastic will train you towards you goal.

Prices for Training plans and goals will vary depending. If you’re a Runtastic Gold member you’ll save 50% on those plans. Prices vary depending on the plan. For example, if we wanted to train for a half marathon and finish in under 1 hour and 40 minutes we’d be paying $9.99 for a 16 week training plan from Olympic champion Dieter Baumann.

Runtastic for Windows Phone Training Plans

While not everyone will need or want Training plans, they’re great for people new to fitness that want to focus on training and not planning for their goal. If you’re somewhat experienced you could easily build your own plan from scratch through various books and online resources. But Runtastic does offer a few other benefits if you get a training plan. You’ll be getting detailed analysis and stats about your plan. The app will also coach you by providing feedback throughout your training. Pretty cool.

The rest of the Runtastic update includes fixes and small improvements around sharing with social networks. Not ground breaking, but again very welcomed.

Runtastic is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. Not sure if you need Runtastic or Runtastic Pro? Read our review from a few months back. Also, what’s the difference between the free basic account and the Gold account? See the details here. Update: Looks like this update is just for Windows Phone 8 users according to folks in the comments below. I didn't have any of my Windows Phone 7.x devices around, so couldn't check. 

Grab Runtastic in the Store right here. Or go get Runtastic PRO for $4.99 here.  QR codes below for the two apps as well. 

QR: Runtastic

Thanks for the tip Gamby35!

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paulomalley says:

Interesting that they use 10km in 50mins... After Earth anyone? (^_-)-☆

Josh Harman says:

What's the attachment all about?

Sam Sabri says:

In the lead image? That is the heart rate monitor :)

Josh Harman says:

Interesting. Do you know how it works?
I mean do you put your finger on it or is it like some super xray machine that looks inside your chest? LOL
...
Edit: I read the original review that was to this article and saw that it was a dongle for communicating with the chest strap that actually monitors the heart rate.
In that article it said that the chest strap wasn't available in the US, I wonder if that has changed yet... Also, I wonder if the dongle will no longer be needed once we (or at least Lumias) get Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

Sam Sabri says:

Yeah I know how it works - I have one :)

There's a chest strap you wear during your workouts. It feeds data through BT to the accessory you see plugged in the pic above. It's now available in the US. Once Windows Phone supports BT 4.0 you'll be able to use a heart rate monitor for your chest without having that dongle like in the pic above. For now, we need the dongle!

Josh Harman says:

Man, you are on it! Just as I finished editing my post above, I see your response and you've covered it all. Thanks!

sholokov says:

Funny how he answered everything before you even asked.

Sam Sabri says:

I had a lot of caffeine today. 

Joe Phi says:

sorry, not 100% correct. I was in contact with the guys at Runtastic in the last days concerning this question. They told me that the WP app first needs to be adjusted to work with the BT4.0 heartrate monitor. This is planned but he was not able to tell me when this will be the case.
I would have expected the support within this update, as we already have the Lumia 925 (for example) on the market which already support BT4.0.
we will see ...

gibbyhome says:

Man I wish it comes soon. is there any BT4 devices that will work with the lumias that have BT4 ? I have the 1020 and I beleive it runs BT4.0
 

Joe Phi says:

The 1020 is already on the Amber update which enables BT4.0. This means it should basically support all BT4.0 devises. But ... if an app needs to be able to communicate with a BT-device, it first needs somebody who tells it how ;) But ... try the Runtatic heart monitor in BT. Why not ... give it a try.

vonchowder says:

I use the Zephr heart rate monitor successfully with Runtastic. So far, it is the only app that works with the Zephr that I know of on Windows Phone 8. No dongle is required.
I have not tried the new Runtastic yet, and I hope they continue to support the Zephr (unofficially).
 

jMawl says:

Thanks for this. It looks like Runtastic quit supporting the dongle version so maybe I will look into the Zephr. I'd rather not have a dongle anyway.
 
Edit: which Zephr are you using? The one I found at their website says Bluetooth 4.0, which should not work without a dongle.

vonchowder says:

I have the 'original one' I think it is called the Zephyr HXM
http://www.amazon.com/Zephyr-Bluetooth-Wireless-Android-Windows/dp/B002PL33AQ?tag=wpcentralb-20
It is not 4.0 if I remember correctly.
 
 

jMawl says:

Unless I am missing something, they no longer sell the dongle version (at Runtastic or Amazon). Is that correct?

Just a tip, the update 2.5 version is only for Windows Phone 8, no love for WP7.x ( As it not possible to link to apps in WP7x as api restriction).

Sam Sabri says:

Bummer, sorry to hear that. I'll update the post. Didn't have any of my WP7.x devices around. 

CJ Thunder says:

Since beem is open source, maybe we get some di.fm for our runs?

Bjorn_Nordin says:

Nice update, installed runkeeper pro again to test it out, but now i cant get Nokia Music to work as shown in info.
I can get it to work in background as before, but not in app. Anyone else ?
Thx for reply.
( I have Nokia Music + )

cpdjoe77 says:

This app has stopped uploading my runs in the app. After it says it loaded to the server I can't go back and view the run/activity once I close the app.

I hope they fixed the application from crashing all the time. I had to switch to Caledos Runner just because the Runtastic Pro crashed every time I used it.
Caledos Runner is the only application that I tested that didn't crash.

falsehopess says:

That's a bummer to hear the app crashes..ive never used runtastic but started using endomondo a few months back I've never had it crash on me

buddler says:

I just want altitude profiles.

UnnDunn says:

You can play any audio you like with your runs; you just launch the music app, start the music, then switch over to Runtastic and start running.

Bjorn_Nordin says:

Yep,done that before. But now it seems to be working in the app itself,hence my question.

ggonzalez777 says:

I love this app. I just wished it had a pedometer for tracking my steps while on a treadmill.

Ankmeyester says:

Endomondo is better I feel. But we need updates for that app..

Lol...dongle...hahaha

Nakazul says:

I want to buy a heart rate monitor. But on there site they say it supports WP7. Am I looking at the right place?
https://www.runtastic.com/shop/en/runtastic-receiver-heart-rate-monitor

esackbauer says:

I use the heartrate monitor with either Lumia 920 and HTC 8S. Works on both.
 

Nakazul says:

Aha, and that's the one in the link I provided?

gibbyhome says:

thats a bluetooth heart rate monitor 4.0 ? the 920 has the amber update that supports 4.0 ?
I'm confused.

esackbauer says:

Nakazuls Link is not a bluetooth monitor. It works with its own receiver and sender.

Nakazul says:

So there is one with a reciver and one with Bluetooth? Sorry, this is confusing. Are there one with both?

esackbauer says:

FFS it is not so hard...
There are 2 different belts. Both do send a 5,3 Khz signal. One sends additionally(!) Bluetooth 4.0 signals, but has no 5,3KHz receiver dongle.
Bluetooth 4.0 is not supported on WP8 at the moment.
So for WP8 you got to choices:

  • use the non-bluetooth Belt with the receiver dongle (without Bluetooth)
  • use the bluetooth belt, and buy an additional receiver, and pray that the receiver can catch the 5,3Khz signal of the bluetooth belt. Then you could switch to Bluetooth 4.0 if it becomes available on WP8

 

I have a problem with the new feature Nokia music streaming integration.
When I click on Nokia music streaming will this message be shown "Nokia music mixes are currently not available". What can be the problem here?

Hi, I use the runtastic application on my iphone 5s but when I am wearing a bluetooth receiver (Plantronics), it turn off the moment I start the application on my phone and I can only hear from the phone speaker, not the bluetooth speaker. Is there some compatibility issue or am I not doing something right? Please help. Using a earphone cord works just fine but it is such a pain when one is running with the cords hanging by your side :(

Thanks in advance!

Chiranjeet

Klaus Friman says:

Hi,

now WP8 supports BT4.0, but still the WP8 version doesn't detect the bluetooth HRM. I belive that Runtastic has to come with a new version, so that the app detects the HRM on WP8 phones.