Coming soon: Start your Runtastic run with iOS 10 and Siri!
Today Runtastic – a leader in the digital health and fitness space that offers a comprehensive ecosystem of apps, products and services …
Today Runtastic – a leader in the digital health and fitness space that offers a comprehensive ecosystem of apps, products and services for tracking and managing health and fitness data – announced that users will soon be able to use the flagship Runtastic Running & Fitness app with Siri commencing with the launch of iOS 10.What’s more: Runtastic was one of just a handful of companies selected to create a beta version of the new interface before the opening of the API was announced. The news was presented as a part of Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, kickoff keynote which was held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.The highlights: iOS 10 makes starting a workout with Runtastic quicker and even more convenient, as users can now ask Siri to start a new workout and more. Siri will display the familiar look and feel of the Runtastic app, including timers, maps and workout summaries, making it a seamless experience for users.The App Experience DetailsWith Siri, users will be able to start, pause, resume and end Runtastic workouts using simple voice commands. Not only does this hands-free option offer a new and engaging user experience, Siri will also allow users to verbally set a goal for their upcoming run, walk or bike ride based on distance, time or calories, for example, “Start a 20 minute run with Runtastic.” During the workout and post-workout, users’ self-selected, top-priority workout details – typically duration, distance, pace and calories burned – will be displayed directly within the Siri interface and users can click through to the Runtastic app for full details, as they desire.“It’s always fun and rewarding to create new use cases and experiences for our users,” said Florian Gschwandtner, Runtastic CEO and Co-Founder. “And being one of the first developers in the world to hear about this update and start playing around with the new technology is beyond exciting for our entire team.” Why This MattersThe functionality announced today is not only valuable and interesting for current Apple consumers and Runtastic users – it could also help shape the future of Siri, and more broadly speaking, artificial intelligence for the entire platform.“A Siri API will be the long-term winner… As developers get the opportunity to work Siri into their apps and services, Apple get valuable metadata on what we want Siri to do on a more granular level, which accelerates how good it can be moving forward.” stated TheNextWeb, in anticipation of Monday’s keynote.“It’s an honor to be on the front end of development and innovation with Apple,” stated Gschwandtner. “And while some people might be walking around asking ‘Why bother with such incremental changes?’ in the coming weeks, the question they should really be asking themselves is, ‘Why not?’”About RuntasticFounded in 2009, Runtastic has rapidly grown into an innovative suite of apps, products and services that track and manage health and fitness data to motivate individuals to get in shape, stay healthy and improve overall fitness. In August 2015, the company was acquired by the adidas Group.With more than 170 million downloads and 85 million registered users on Runtastic.com, Runtastic’s mobile applications sync directly with proprietary hardware to track distance, speed, pace, duration, heart rate, calorie consumption and route traveled (via maps) when running, biking or engaging in other exercise activities. The results can then be viewed directly within the app, via Runtastic GPS devices or on Runtastic.com, where users can view their online training log, get detailed data analysis and compare with others. Whether you are a novice or an athlete, Runtastic makes exercise easy and fun. Additional information can be found at Runtastic.com or you can follow us on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.