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Runkeeper is killing its Wear OS app

By Ng Chong Seng - on 19 Aug 2019, 4:00pm

Runkeeper is killing its Wear OS app

(Image: ASICS Runkeeper website.)

While Wear OS watches aren’t dominating the market like the Apple Watch, we did get some pretty nice hardware recently such as the Fossil Gen 5 and the Misfit Vapor X.

But Wear OS is facing another problem: the increasing number of companies and developers dropping their smartwatch apps. And the latest addition is Runkeeper.

According to this Reddit post, ASICS' Runkeeper has started to inform users that it has decided to remove its Wear OS app “as of app version 9.13”.

The Runkeeper team:

We know this is disappointing, and we’re sorry to have to make this change. Our team has been hard at work building innovative and high-impact training tools designed to keep Runkeeper users moving. We want to provide the best tracking experience possible to everyone who uses the Runkeeper app, and we’re just not able to offer it on Wear OS by Google at this time.

Of course, apps come and go, but this makes the news because Runkeeper has a sizable following. Other high-profile apps that have abandoned Wear OS include Google’s own Hangouts app and Nest app. Apple Watch isn’t exactly immune too — Amazon, Google Maps, Twitter and Slack are some of the big names that have already stopped developing their Apple Watch apps.

For what it’s worth, Runkeeper’s Apple Watch app is still available.

Source: Reddit (via Android Police).