Strava updates mobile app with an improved activity feed

Lots of new features added to Strava mobile app version 4.0

by David Arthur   March 13, 2014  

Strava have updated their mobile app combining the previously separate cycling and running apps into one. They've also improved the activity feed, as well as making it easier to give kudos, comment and integrate Instagram photos. 

Some of the new features include displaying linked Instagram photos within the activity feed. Strava says over a million Instagram photos have been shared through the app since they added the feature in January 2013, so sharing photos is clearly becoming an integral component of recording a ride, along with the usual speed and distance metrics.

 

It’s now easier to comment and give kudos, with one-tap icons, bringing some of the popular commenting from the website to the app. Activities involving more than one member are now grouped, useful for club rides or races. There are also one-tap icons to make it easier to share a ride through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Strava is becoming ever more prevalent as a tool for tracking cycle rides, and a huge number use the freely available app, either on Android or Apple smartphones. Adding the extra layers of features such as Instagram have been key to its continued growth, adding more interactivity and improving the user interface also critical too. And showing its worldwide appeal, the app is now in 11 languages with the addition of Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Traditional Chinese.

"Our mission is to motivate athletes all over the world," said Alex Mather, vice president of product and user experience at Strava. "This latest mobile app brings Strava's unique social experience like beautiful maps, Instagram photos, and lots more to runners and cyclists everywhere."

If you’re a premium member, the app now features better real-time notifications which can deliver audio updates before, during and after segments so you you know when you’ve passed the beginning of a segment. It costs $6 USD per month or $59 per year to go premium. 

Another new feature now offered with the updated app is the ability to select your bike. It’s something you could previously only do through the website. but is now offered in the app, making it easier to allocate an activity to each bike. 

The new app, version 4.0, is now available through the App Store and Google Play. More at www.strava.com

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No Pebble integration though? Slight shame...

posted by andym999 [16 posts]
14th March 2014 - 12:46

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Nice press release Yawn

posted by BikeBud [100 posts]
14th March 2014 - 13:09

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Wheres the bloody Windows phone version?

posted by gazzaputt [179 posts]
14th March 2014 - 13:15

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BikeBud wrote:
Nice press release Yawn

That's not the press release

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posted by David Arthur [1489 posts]
14th March 2014 - 13:42

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gazzaputt wrote:
Wheres the bloody Windows phone version?

Probably when it accounts for a significant market share, it's sub 10% at the moment.

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posted by glynr36 [370 posts]
14th March 2014 - 13:45

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Wrong!!
It's 11.3% market share in the UK, 17.0% market share in Italy, 9.6% market share in France and 10.1% market share in the EU5 (all Europe except France, Germany, UK, Spain and Italy).

Source Kantar: http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-remains-fastest-growing-mobile-os...

No real excuse for not having a WinPhone version, especially as it's a subset of the .NET interface which would give them apps across the rest of the Windows ecosystem for very little extra work.

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posted by NorthernRouleur [26 posts]
14th March 2014 - 14:23

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http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/07/windows-phone-surpasses-blackberry-in-the-us-despite-flat-market-share/

says it all really, 3% of the US market. Remember most users are US and Strava is US based. Why develop a system for what is basically a tiny number of users?

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posted by mrmo [1074 posts]
14th March 2014 - 14:43

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andym999 wrote:
No Pebble integration though? Slight shame...

Agreed.

posted by BikeJon [42 posts]
14th March 2014 - 14:46

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Ooh. Does it give you little voice messages like 'remember, if you want to race, pin a number on your back' and 'you're not *actually* king of the mountain, you know'?

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14th March 2014 - 14:57

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andyp wrote:
Ooh. Does it give you little voice messages like 'remember, if you want to race, pin a number on your back' and 'you're not *actually* king of the mountain, you know'?

=)

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posted by zzgavin [208 posts]
14th March 2014 - 15:00

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Emailed them about a windows version, all I got back was a workaround and no plans to do a win version. Bit crap really!

I won't be renewing my premium membership until they do though

posted by TheDoctor [78 posts]
14th March 2014 - 15:09

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It's true that a Windows version would be nice, I'm a total computer newbie, born and raised on Microsoft - but that's the only thing that makes sense to me. Hopefully we'll find out when/if a proper version is released.

posted by vasek [2 posts]
14th March 2014 - 15:24

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Not sure I like the new feed view. You can only see two activities at a time now. I do like the new real time features though. Just remains to be seen how the iPhone battery holds out with the extra network traffic running.

posted by paulrbarnard [116 posts]
14th March 2014 - 15:31

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Glad that they finally unified the apps. It never made much sense to have two different ones given that they do the same thing

posted by jarredscycling [445 posts]
14th March 2014 - 15:35

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mrmo wrote:
@NorthernRouleur

http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/07/windows-phone-surpasses-blackberry-in-the-us-despite-flat-market-share/

says it all really, 3% of the US market. Remember most users are US and Strava is US based. Why develop a system for what is basically a tiny number of users?

Which was what my point was based on.

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posted by glynr36 [370 posts]
14th March 2014 - 15:43

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vasek wrote:
It's true that a Windows version would be nice, I'm a total computer newbie, born and raised on Microsoft - but that's the only thing that makes sense to me. Hopefully we'll find out when/if a proper version is released.

And until Windows phone reaches critical mass the incentive to build the app won't be there. It is more likely that there will be a windows version than say Blackberry, but it won't be for a while if ever.

Market seems to be Android for the mass market, iOS for a premium product, and ... the only windows users I know are business and most would rather an iPhone as they perceive it as having better kudos.

I am sure if Strava can put together a business case they will issue a windows version, if Microsoft offers to pay for development to increase the number of apps for example. ( which might happen)

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posted by mrmo [1074 posts]
14th March 2014 - 16:02

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Surely if people want a Windows version, by definition, they are incredibly patient and tolerant of things not working properly.

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posted by minnellium [79 posts]
14th March 2014 - 22:25

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gazzaputt wrote:
Wheres the bloody Windows phone version?

You knew what you were getting into when you bought that thing

posted by benezeir [53 posts]
14th March 2014 - 23:33

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Using the latest 4 (iOS) here and not liking the change, since the old version had the ability to see your club members activity. The new version just has "following" or "me" activity option. I would like to see the club leaderboard on a mobile device, not just on their website.

Shut up legs, you don't get a vote.

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posted by ridein [48 posts]
15th March 2014 - 2:04

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ridein wrote:
Using the latest 4 (iOS) here and not liking the change, since the old version had the ability to see your club members activity. The new version just has "following" or "me" activity option. I would like to see the club leaderboard on a mobile device, not just on their website.

In the top middle under the time, ( i am using iOS7.1) it says feed, click on it, i get a drop down that lists all my clubs.

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posted by mrmo [1074 posts]
15th March 2014 - 8:58

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The new update is truely rubbish. For a lot of people it's doesn't work at all. The quick fix is to change your time setting to 24hr.

But once it is working it's layout is really poor. If you follow a few people there's just too much on the screen it's just a jumble of maps that are not easy on the eye. It's the worst UI make over I've seen. I'll be sticking with the website for checking my feed.

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17th March 2014 - 13:13

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I don't like the assumption that all recorded activities are to be uploaded. I use both the iphone app and a Garmin. If I remember to use the phone app and there is sufficient battery/signal afterwards, then I'll upload direct from there. However, the Garmin still has all my rides recorded, so the next time I don't use the phone app, when I go to upload the ride from the Garmin, it takes all the recorded rides and suddenly I have a load of duplicate activities on the website.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

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17th March 2014 - 14:22

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andym999 wrote:
No Pebble integration though? Slight shame...

Which app are you using?

On Android, under settings, then Notifications, I have the option to turn on "pebble notifications". No idea if it works, it's greyed out because I don't have a pebble, but it shows up on my Motorola phone.

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posted by PJ McNally [586 posts]
17th March 2014 - 15:27

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