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Runtastic Pro for Windows Phone 8 gets bumped with performance improvements, more language support

Runtastic for Windows Phone

If you missed the ‘Red Stripe’ deal a few weeks ago for Runtastic Pro (it was on sale for $.99, down from its normal $4.99), well, you missed a great offer for an impressive service for fitness buffs. The app recently went full Windows Phone 8 on us, bringing a host of new features and a slight redesign. Personally, we’ve been using it with the physical heart rate monitor and have been having a blast.

Even if you don’t run, it has general fitness features too, including weights, skiing, swimming and more. If you use Fitbit and or MyFitnessPal, it can easily link up to both services, giving you a comprehensive overview of your activity level and calories expended.

Version 2.4 just went live in the Store for the paid, Pro version (we’re sure the free app will be getting bumped too). With it comes some interesting new additions:

  • New Languages:  Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch
  • Improvements: Updated wording, dialogs; Improved app start time and performance
  • Fixes: Login connection with Facebook repaired

For some of you, that Facebook fix is a big deal while for others, being able to use the app and service in your language will be a big boost. For the rest? Hey, faster is always better, right?

Grab your Runtastic Pro (v2.4) update here in the Store or try out the free version here (v2.3).  Also, read our in-depth review.

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bilal soomro says:

No music for free app.

ToniEscuder says:

You can use XBox Music or Nokia Music on background while runtastic is run.

CJ Thunder says:

How much was the heart rate monitor? That's what is in the headphone jack?

It's like a $100 or more, mostly because it's not yet sold in the US (I imported mine from Australia).

What's neat is that it works with most gym machines that support HR monitoring, as those work wirelessly with this device. In that case, I just record the time/distance/calories in MyFitnessPal and let the machine determine the info (while entering in age/weight).

CJ Thunder says:

Does it work well, meaning like its supposed to? I want to see more support for these types of accessories. You talked about a thermometer a few weeks ago but it is a shame the phone with Office doesn't have square, intuit, or PayPal support.

Wyspr says:

Wow, I'm blown away that you imported it from Australia. I live here and by a lot of my stuff from the US or UK because I can't find it locally, or it cost 2x as much locally.

Plantje says:

Most likely you imported it from Austria, not Australia. Austra is where the app is developed.

tbonenga says:

97.62 shipped off eBay.

rubenbest says:

Now i can body build

dmojica2000 says:

Does anybody knows if another HR monitor works with this app? I've been wanting to buy Bluetooth HR monitor but I'm afraid is not gonna work, any suggestions?

bilal soomro says:

Doesnt calculate distance on wifi

I mean...how would it? If you're on WiFi, you're probably in a gym or your home, ergo a treadmill/elliptical, which calculates your distance. Are you running around your neighborhood while connected to the worlds most powerful WiFi or something?

CJ Thunder says:

That would be great, a bt treadmill that sent all your data to your app.

raul_junior says:

I have this app but I don't understand some things like is their a way to use offline maps on this or is their a way for it not to use my data and if I can use this somehow at home?

Ticomfreak says:

This shows that accessories can work through the headphone jack. GET TO IT SQUARE! one less excuse

webbahboy says:

Love this app! I use it in conjunction with myfitnesspal to coordinate a weight loss program using exercise and diet. Just great.

ggonzalez777 says:

Yea, same here. I been using it for two weeks now and I love how I can start entering my calorie intake and automatically see the exercise session in myfitnesspal. I just wished that runtastic would implement a pedometer feature for either running or have it running in the background. I hesistant to purchase a fitbit if my phone can provide the same functionality.

Ba2Py says:

I got a fitbit recently and could not be happier about it. No need to check on background apps killing the battery of my phone.
I use runtastic mainly for running and the fitbit for the everyday walking.
If you have a spare 100$ you won't regret getting a fitbit. Trust me.

WPenvy says:

One question for you Daniel (or anyone else that OWNS the adapter). I was going to have my cousin in England mail me HR adapter etc, but does the adapter have a pass through for audio controls?
My workout headphones have the whole inline mic/volume/play/pause remote. If i use an adapter, can i still make phone calls through my headphones and/or control my music?

Kallisticker says:

I miss SportsTracker!

Nick_1020 says:

Nice to see an update. Is graph data now supported? Would be great if Runtastic or Sports Tracker came up with a Bluetooth heart rate monitor that works on WP8. Think we'll be in a long wait though :(

Edit: Still no graph data. Hard to notice any changes to be honest!

mango.lover says:

If it hooked up to Runkeeper (Healthgraph API), then I would give it a try. I'm already too invested in that to switch platforms.

Schikitar says:

Yeah, same, I use Caledos Runner now so I still have all my Runkeeper data from when I used to own a 3GS...

Ratman826 says:

Okay, it is still in English for some reason, since my system language is in traditional Chinese the app should be in Chinese as well. :/

If you use Fitbit and or MyFitnessPal, it can easily link up to both services, giving you a comprehensive overview of your activity level and calories expended.

Sorry, this is wrong.  There is no linking to Fitbit through Runtastic (you can however link to MyFitnessPal, which can also link to Fitbit).  Runtastic has been blowing off Fitbit integration for the past year: http://my.support.runtastic.com/runtastic/topics/linking_runtastic_to_fitbit?page=1
If you want Fitbit integration, stick to endomondo.

cj-m says:

If you go to their online store, you can get the BT heart rate monitor strap and adapter (RUNTASTIC RECEIVER AND HEART RATE MONITOR). it is about 60 Euros and even more pleasing is that it is compatible with Windows Phone OS 7.5 and Nokia. So lots of love here! Be sure to thank them.

https://www.runtastic.com/shop/en/tracking-gear/runtastic-receiver-heart...

Plantje says:

That one doesn't work with Windows Phones nor Android. It will only work with iPhone. I am really waiting for a bluetooth heart rate monitor for Runtastic!