Samsung and Nike have collaborated up to launch the Nike+ Running App for the Gear S, the curved AMOLED display smartwatch that Samsung announced just a couple of days back. The app offers up all the features that Nike FuelBand and other fitness tracker devices have become known for, and a few new features has also been added of its own.
Basically for joggers out there, the app runs standalone without connecting any handset, meaning that you won’t have to run by keeping the smartphone in your pocket. The Nike+ Running App makes use of the Gear S’ built in GPS to collect speed and distance data, while also letting the user to confirm their route. Runners can also check their pace, distance, and heart rate from the smartwatch, even without connecting it to the smartphone. The Nike+ Coach feature offers up training programs to help keep runners fit and healthy. To top it off, the app comes with a built-in music player for your motivational workout tunes.
[quote]Nike+ Running has changed the way people experience sports. It motivates runners to run further, faster and more often by tracking their activity, celebrating their progress, enlisting personalized coaching, challenging their friends and sharing runs with their entire social network,[/quote]
– Adam Roth, VP of Nike Global Running Brand Marketing
As I have mentioned already, Nike+ has included more features compared to the earlier one. With the help of the Gear S’ 3G connection, Nike+ can connect to their friends through Facebook and the Nike+ Running community on the go. The app adds with Nike+ Challenges, offering runners to receive likes, comments from their friends, send photos over social media, and receive audio feedback.
It’s certainly a good sign to see apps already making use of SIM card powered smart watches.