Lot’s of Striver users have been asking about support for various Heart Rate Monitors and most of the recent requests are for Bluetooth 4 smart devices. There are some great Bluetooth smart devices on the market including Heart Rate Monitors and Cadence devices like these from Wahoo.
With the release of Windows Phone 8.1 we now have support for Bluetooth Smart devices on the Windows Phone platform. This is great because up until now Windows Phone had a very limited range of cycling\running\sport monitors and sensors it could connect with. Support for Bluetooth Smart opens up a whole range of devices to Windows Phone that all interact in a standard way.
HOWEVER, there’s one big problem for location tracking apps like Striver. It’s almost always essential for location tracking apps to be able to run and record location changes in the background. Nobody really has the app running on screen during an entire bike ride or run so it’s a must have to be usable in the real world. The release of Windows Phone 8 brought with it the ability to do location tracking in the background but, and it’s a pretty major but, the release of Windows Phone 8.1 removed that capability. It’s a pretty huge breaking change for this type of app.
What this means is that currently you cannot have background location tracking in the same app as Bluetooth Smart device connectivity on a Windows Phone. It means that this type of app is stuck with the capabilities of Windows Phone 8 and cannot make use of any new features in Windows Phone 8.1 or Universal apps for the matter.
I’ll just have to put my Wahoo Tickr and Blue SC in a draw for now until Microsoft sort it out. If you would like to express your opinion on the matter to Microsoft you can do it here.
What’s new in v1.10?
– You can now view the segment achievements, efforts and kudos givers of other Athletes who are also Striver users.
– You can now choose a language from within the Striver Settings rather than the app using the phones current language.
– Display of related riders in an activity
– Run activities now display Pace and Split data.
– French, Italian & Polish Localization (please help with any bad translations)
– Totally reviewed and improved Portuguese Localization (Thanks to Marco)
– Premium member logo to athlete thumbnails
– Refresh button on onedrive file browser.
– Improved handling when there’s no data connection
– Improved save of current recording if unexpected exception occurs
– Feed ordering bug is now hopefully fixed
– App deactivation reason is displayed in the ‘restore recording’ message on reactivation
What new in v1.9?
– Manual Entry of Activities. Tap the ‘plus’ button in the application bar along the bottom of the record screen.
– Ability to edit your existing activities name, type, description etc.
– Heart Rate Monitor auto connect. When recording starts Striver will automatically try and connect to your heart rate monitor.
– Share activities. When viewing the details of an activity you can share the url of the activity to your social networks.
Striver is a featured app in the UK and Dutch store today!
What’s new in v1.5?
– Give Kudos and Post Comments directly from Striver
– View a list of your followers, who you’re following and your KOM/QOM/CR from the profile page
– Upload your activities to your OneDrive as a gpx file
– Support for Portuguese, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish
Striver is going to support multiple languages in the near future. Would any multilingual users out there be willing to check over some screen shots to make sure the translations are good? I have used translate.google.com to do this before but it’s much better to have a native speaker validate the results.
My son and I have got into cycling recently and we have both discovered STRAVA. I love STRAVA. The way it compares your rides to other users and analyses the data is superb. You need a GPS enabled device to make the most of STRAVA but the options on Windows Phone are very limited as there is not an official app and very few 3rd party apps that integrate with STRAVA. So I have have started work on a dedicated STRAVA client for Windows Phone.
The initial requirements are to record a ride and upload it directly to your STRAVA account, view your account details, activities and feed.
A Beta version is now in testing. View more info here.