Way back in September of 2010, we saw Nike release its Nike + Running app for iOS, throwing out the requirement to link your phone with one of the company’s wireless fobs and relying on your smartphone’s own sensors to measure position and track your progress. That was great for Apple fans looking to keep on top of their workouts, but what about those of us in the Android camp? We suppose the phrase “better late than never” would be apt in this situation, as this week Nike has finally ported its Nike+ app over to Android.
Carry your phone along with you on a run, and Nike+ will get set recording data straight away. The phone’s GPS tracks your location, while the accelerometer acts as a pedometer. Together, the sensors provide info that the app uses to give you real-time audio feedback, encouraging you on, as well as lets you review your workout after the fact, analyzing run summaries and measuring your progress over time.
It all sounds like a pretty well-rounded package, included a homescreen widget to help remind you when it’s been a while since your last run, and the ability to configure a personal list of “power songs” you start playing when you need a little motivation to get you through that one last leg.
The free Nike + Running app is available in the Google Play store now.