Nike+ is one of the most anticipated applications for Android, not to mention the effort Nike put in both Gear & Applications. unfortunately, Nike+ running and the Nike FuelBand were only available for iOS. luckily, Nike+ running App is now out for Android, and I decided to give it a try. Just so you know, I have been using Endomondo sports Tracker app for my runs. I will be posting about it later in the near future.
Let’s have a look at the App. First, to join the Nike+ community, you need an account which easy to create and very straight forward. as most of you know, one of the main advantages of Android is having widgets and as you can see (screenshot, left) there are two kinds of widgets (upper & lower) plus, there is the application icon (middle). Adding a widget to the home screen will show when your run, display your total mileage, and will give you a quicker access into a run.
Once you launch the app you will be taken to the home screen (screenshot right). in the main screen, you can navigate through three main screens: home, Activity and Challenge Me menus or, you can just start your run. The Home screen will give the information of your last run, a challenge shortcut and the option to choose a power song.
The Activity screen will you a list of your workouts, Graph(s) and your records/achievements.
Tapping on a workout from the list will show a detailed information about it, things like: Map, distance, Route type, temperature, time, calories burned, Notes, Sharing…etc. in addition, Nike’s unique heat Map will show where you ran the fastest and slowest during the run.
Finally, we have the Challenge Me screen. Here, you will be able to view your records and challenge yourself. What I like about the Challenge Me menu is that they are divided to goals, you can see from the right screenshot that there are challenges to target Endurance and ones for Speed.
Other things I like about the app is the ability to choose a playlist from your music library within the app but it didn’t work with me, maybe because my playlist is stored in the cloud (I stream them), I’m not sure, so I had to start my playlist from the music App then start the Running App.
What I like most about Nike+ Running App is the design and Layout, not to mention the community. However, in terms of technicality, I’m not sure if you can connect a heart rate monitor (Endomondo offers more in terms of technicality).
Another feature is the ability to sync your workout(s) with your Nike+ account which gives you even more and detailed information about your workouts/progress and help you plan/or achieve your goals. The screenshots below should give an idea about that.
The FuelBand App is expected to arrive later this summer. so we should see it within a couple of months.
you can download the Nike+ Running App from here.