In this article, I decided to look at a mobile application for running, which at one time became one of the first services that could track the training of runners. The prehistory of the "SportsTracker" application begins in 2007 when Nokia launched its training tracking service called Nokia Sports Tracker Beta. For its time, "Nokia Sports Tracker Beta" was quite functional and easy to use and even received the award "World Mobile Congress". But its development stopped at the beta stage and in 2009 Nokia announced the complete cessation of development of this service (then Nokia was not up to mobile services), and in 2010 the project was completely closed. However, the three founders of the service disagreed, teamed up, and formed Sports Tracking Technologies Ltd, which began developing a new application for smartphones running Symbian OS, and later for other mobile operating systems. Now the mobile application "SportsTracker" can be downloaded from the App Store or Play Market, where runners can find it, both under the original name "SportsTracker" and under the name "Suunto".
"SportsTracker" and "Suunto" differ only in logos and there is no difference between them (the same design, training using the application "SportsTracker" are automatically displayed in "Suunto" and vice versa). An explanation can be found on the Suunto website: the Suunto application community consists of Suunto owners and Sports Tracker users. Suunto and Sports Tracker are brands that are part of Amer Sports and together make up the Suunto app. Another interesting feature of the "SportsTracker" application that I liked is that it is completely free and almost without advertising (sometimes you can find advertising "Suunto").
The main characteristics of the mobile application "SportsTracker - Suunto"
- Rating: App Store (4.7 / 4.3), Play Market (4.3 / 3.1)
- Category: Health and fitness
- Languages: English, French, German, German, Italian, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish, Turkish, Thai, Turkish, Swedish, Swedish
Before you can use the mobile application "SportsTracker", the user needs to register in it. This procedure can be done in the most advanced using a Facebook, Gmail or Apple account.
In addition, the mobile application "SportsTracker" has an official website sports-tracker.com, but the user will not be able to register through it, if you try to do so, the site will offer to perform this procedure in the mobile application, but the user can view their workouts in a more convenient way.
The main menu of the application
The main menu of the mobile application for running "SportsTracker" consists of five sections:
- Feed (Main section of the application) - in this section the user can view their workouts, statistics on them, start training, and more.
- Calendar - in this section the user can view training statistics for a specific period.
- Diary (Analytics) - detailed analytics on training.
- Map - Displays the locations where the user trained.
- Profile - settings of the application.
The main screen of the application
Once the user has registered, he gets to the main screen of the mobile application, which can be divided into several sections that allow the user to view their statistics and analyze past workouts, start a new workout, connect smart hours, add workouts done in another add-on and subscribe to other runners.
Next, we will consider in more detail the elements of this section and what they offer the user.
At the top of the main screen of the application, the user can see a small menu consisting of three icons (smart hours, plus and bell) and which allow the user to connect their watch times, add previous training to the application "SportsTracker" and view various notifications.
The next section on the main screen of the application is the statistics section, where the user can view their statistics on past workouts.
In this section, the user can view the general statistics on training (month, week), days, and locations on which training took place.
To start training, the user needs to click on the "Start" button, which is located on the main screen of the application. Then the screen of the training itself opens in front of the user
Before starting the training, the user can configure it, namely select the type of training (running, cycling, trail running, walking, and other sports), in addition, you can enable and configure a virtual trainer. Namely, to establish after which mileage (0.5, 1, 5, 10 kilometers) different indicators (diction, pulse, pace) will be reported during training.
Here you can also choose how the workout will be displayed on the smartphone screen, namely what would be displayed only the main indicators, or a map of the training route.
The last block that is available to the user on the main screen of the mobile application is a list of past workouts, where the user can view it in detail.
With a detailed analysis of the training, the user can view a map of the training route, time spent on training, total distance, pace, speed, number of steps, air temperature, in addition, the distance is divided into segments (1, 5 and 10 kilometers) and display the necessary parameters (time , tempo, pulse). Here you can also see a diagram of heart rate, speed and height difference that were during training.
In the "Calendar" section, the user can view the statistics of their workouts, which can be sorted by week, month, year and last 30 days and see on which days the workouts took place.
This section is implemented quite conveniently, in my opinion, as at the top is a calendar with the marked days when the training took place. By selecting the appropriate training day, the user can proceed to a more detailed view of a specific workout. And under the calendar, the general statistics on all training are displayed.
This section is somewhat similar to the "Calendar" section, as in it the user can also view statistics on past workouts, only it has a slightly different display format.
In the "Map" section, the user can find interesting routes for running in different parts of the world, which run other runners, as well as view the locations where he trained.
In this section, the user can customize the mobile application "SportsTracker" by specifying their weight, date of birth, units of measurement, configure privacy settings, connect your Facebook account.
In addition to the mobile version, the SportsTracker application also has its own website sports-tracker.com, where the user can analyze their past workouts in a more convenient format.