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Any plans for Bluetooth Low Energy support in Strava for Android?

Chris Paton
asked this on July 27, 2013 05:23 PM

Hello there,

The good news finally came this week that Android 4.3 will have full Bluetooth Low Energy support!
https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/connectivity/bluetooth-le.html

So, are there plans afoot to add support for Bluetooth LE heart rate and cadence monitors to Strava for Android? It would be awesome to see this done in order to bring Strava for Android up to speed with the iOS equivalent.

Thanks!
Chris Paton

 

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Adam Bennett

...Me too!

I've finally got my Android 4.3 update OTA for my Nexus 4.  So the big question is, if I buy a Bluetooth low energy heart rate monitor will it work with Strava?...and if not when will it?

Big thanks if/when it happens.

Ad.

July 29, 2013 12:58 PM
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Ariles Z.

It won't work ...I already tried a Polar and Wahoo heart strap with my Nexus 4 (android 4.3 with BLE),  Many 2013 devices supports BLE ( GS4 , Htc One X, Nexus 4 and some sony devices). Strava team needs to update their app to use the new Bluetooth API. I can't understand why the Strava app isn't compatible with BLE devices yet, as it takes literraly 300 lignes of code to implement. Runtastic did it less than 24 hours after the Android 4.3 annoucement....: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/24/runtastic-gets-updated-for-android-4-3-brings-holo-visual-redesign-and-bluetooth-smart-support/

July 30, 2013 11:37 AM
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Christian S.

me too!

August 06, 2013 04:15 AM
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Neil Crawford

I'd love to see this too.  Something like Wahoo HR and Speed/Cadence support would be fantastic.  Then I could use Strava to record all my indoor training

August 19, 2013 05:39 AM
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Steve K.

I'm glad I saw this thread.  I was about to start shopping for a BT HRM... now I'll wait.

August 25, 2013 06:38 AM
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Mike Wood

I just got the 4iiii Viiiiva HRM and confirmed it does not work on the Galaxy S4 (ATT 4.2.2). Only the Zephyr works it seems. Viiiiva works with other apps though. At least it will operate with ANT+ too.

I ended up cracking and bought a Garmin 500 (ebay from Taiwan for $145) since my other issue is that I can never read my phones display when mounted on the bike. In the fog its hard to read through the cover and in the sun, well with or without a case and sunglasses it's impossible.

September 01, 2013 08:32 AM
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missyclamps ...

Come on Strava...pull you finger out ffs!

September 05, 2013 01:58 AM
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Ove Størholt

Come on Strava! I'll even buy a new phone if you add this support. I'm just NOT going to buy an iphone...

September 06, 2013 11:49 AM
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Mike Gonyea

Does the strava "Team" read this?  They could aknowledge BLE support it is coming or say they have a deal with Zephyr (or other reason) and it can not happen right now.  Simple as that.   It really is not hard.  

September 10, 2013 03:12 PM
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Adam Bennett
Yeah instead we get heat maps and not even an acknowledgement to BLE! Sort it out Strava...
September 10, 2013 03:16 PM
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Mike Wood

I have lunch across from their office. Being a hipster joint I keep hoping to bump into someone from Strava! Still I think there are obviously many development paths occurring so hoping they have things in the pipeline, priorities to strategize etc. 

September 10, 2013 03:20 PM
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Tony Solon

Sort it out Strava FFS.

At least reply to the thread with some feedback to manage our expectations on this...

September 11, 2013 06:58 AM
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Corey B

+1

September 18, 2013 08:49 PM
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Jason Greene

Uh, hello..... hello... Strava.... you there?  Hellooo....

September 24, 2013 06:41 AM
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Tom Cook

Please sort it out Strava... it's really not dificult to implement as proven by the guys at runtastic.

This will stop people from going for Premium accounts as there is no real point if you don't have heart rate data.

 

I would have been premium a few weeks ago if you had added this - do you guys not want our money :) ?

 

Pleeaaassseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee sort it out.

September 24, 2013 02:38 PM
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Tom Cook

At least reply to the thread.

September 24, 2013 02:39 PM
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Chris O'Dell

This is the dealbreaker for me when it comes to paying for Premium... I'd throw my $$ down today if I could go buy a BLE monitor and use it with my Samsung phone.  Had to return my Mio Alpha because of this, which was irritating since it was otherwise a great device.

October 14, 2013 08:51 AM
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Nedim Celik

I second Tom C. -- Strava, at least reply to this thread. Or close it. Something. What's the point of a corporate forum if you are not tending it.

  • Is BLE coming or not?
  • If it is coming, when?

If not, let me move on.

October 16, 2013 05:17 AM
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Martyn Davis

Support for BLE in 4.3 would probably tip me over into paying for Premium too.

October 29, 2013 01:57 AM
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Michi S.

@Strava: Please reply ...

October 29, 2013 02:33 AM
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Martyn Davis
October 30, 2013 01:34 AM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Hello.

I'm on the Android team @Strava and we are working very hard on BLE support. That being said, BLE support is a bit more of an undertaking than we first thought. The SDK is finally here and more & more devices are getting upgraded to 4.3 every day, but it is still pretty young. Plus it takes a lot of time to test various BLE devices on various android devices in various situations. We really want to get BLE support out as soon as we can, but we certainly can't release something that isn't ready.

We're working hard to get you a great product - and we hope to get that to you soon.

October 30, 2013 09:40 AM
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Ariles Z.
Thanks for the update Mateo. Finally an official answer from the strava team. Do you have a time-frame for the release of an eventual update?

October 30, 2013 09:47 AM
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Adam Bennett
3 months and we finally get a response! That's all we wanted! It nice to know it's being worked on. Sick of having to use runtastic for heart rate monitored runs and switching back and forth. I want to go premium just don't have ANY incentive the way things are.
October 30, 2013 10:24 AM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Hey Ariles, I hesitate to even give a vague timeframe as there are some thigns out of our control. In some ways we're probably closer than you think and in some ways further.

If you want to hunt for clues you might keep an eye on http://app.strava.com/clubs/team-strava-bike for interesting Android app uploads!

October 30, 2013 03:24 PM
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Tom Cook

Firstly, thanks for finally responding!

The only thing I don't understand is that RunTastic released this at launch of 4.3, so what is 'out of your control'?

Sorting this out has a positive effect on your balance sheet, and a positive effect on your userbase - so get it done :).

October 30, 2013 03:57 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Tom, I wouldn't read too much into that. Only so many ways to say "when it's done". Thanks for your patience, it is greatly appreciated. 

October 30, 2013 07:19 PM
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Kevin White

I'm also waiting patiently for this

November 12, 2013 07:44 AM
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Jesus Quesada

Hi Mateo, any update with the Strava app for Android?  

November 13, 2013 04:16 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Hey Jesus,

We're making good progress, here's a little proof http://app.strava.com/activities/93360813

The Android 4.3 BLE drivers are still young and we need them to be reliable before we release. Out of curiosity, do you (or others) own BLE devices now or are you waiting for software support?

m

November 14, 2013 08:30 AM
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Martyn Davis

To answer your question, I own a BLE HRM (Geonaute) and am using it fine with Runtastic on Android. Looking forward to having it on Strava!

November 14, 2013 08:37 AM
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Tom Cook

Glad to hear you're making progress, can't wait for it to be released.

 

I own a Polar H7 - and would happily beta test :).

November 14, 2013 08:51 AM
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Mike Wood

I have a Viiiia HRM. Hoping I can get other ANT+ things directly connected to the phone (Galaxy S4) when ready (power meter, cadence etc.).

November 14, 2013 08:55 AM
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Jesus Quesada

Thanks for the quick response Mateo, much appreciate it.  

I have Android 4.3, but am waiting for apps, such as Strava to be compatible with a BLE 4.0 unit.

Thanks,
J

November 14, 2013 09:32 AM
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Nedim Celik

Mateo,

I have an HTC One + Wahoo BLE HRM. I know of another strava user who is frustrated by the issue and is using his Polar BLE HRM with other apps (runtastic). Both of them were originally paired with iPhones.

 

November 14, 2013 03:23 PM
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Ariles Z.

I own a polar + wahoo BLE heart strap. Gold membership on runtastic since they support Bluetooth 4.0.

I can't imagine how many sales (membership + heart strap) and Android users did strava lost because of the abnormal delay of such a basic feature. The iOS app is always 6 month to 1 year ahead in term of deploying new features. It's clearly a problem that strava managers should consider solving.  Coding in objective-C and Java isn't that different, and even if we have the BLE implementation before the end of the year, I have the strong feeling that we'll always be spaming this support forum for upcoming features (barometer, ANT+ compatible phones like sony etc...)

November 15, 2013 11:38 AM
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Ariles Z.

altimeter*

November 15, 2013 11:39 AM
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Augusto Machado
Hi, Matteo, I have a MioAlpha, a BLE HRM. It's really great, because it. is strapless, and works out perfectly fine with Runtastic and MapMyRun. But I don't wanna leave Strava...
November 22, 2013 09:46 AM
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Augusto Machado
Hi, Matteo, I have a MioAlpha, a BLE HRM. It's really great, because it. is strapless, and works out perfectly fine with Runtastic and MapMyRun. But I don't wanna leave Strava...
November 22, 2013 09:46 AM
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Stan Muse

waiting.........

November 28, 2013 08:58 PM
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Massimo M.

Own a strapless HRM which is new and awesome, http://www.wtek.it/EN/hs2bt.php and several other BLE devices. Even power meters are getting BLE. Everyone except Strava Android.

November 29, 2013 02:07 AM
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G Faraghan

Back in April at Sea Otter Classic I rode a Stages Cycling power meter. In my pocket was a Samsung Note large screen phablet with BLE 4.0 chipset.. At the time it was Google's fault that the two couldn't talk. Android 4.3 fixed that. Months ago. Runtastic proved that. On Nov 5 M to the A-O posted a ride with Stages power data. In the comments Greg asked "how's the stages?", M said "Pretty solid so far". But looking at the Power data over the 34 minute ride, power was only recorded for 43 seconds? The power on every segment was 0 W That doesn't seem very solid.

What is the status? Will there be a Stages power meter, Strava Android app, and Strave Premium account under my xmas tree?

December 04, 2013 01:04 PM
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Adam Bennett

I'm no longer holding my breath for Strava to support  BLE in 4.3, I now we have 4.4 on my Nexus 4.  Queue more development excuses as to why it is delayed/doesn't work right/won't ever really be supported on Android.  Also love the developer hints as to how they are progressing...out riding their bikes when they should be coding?!

P.S.  Using Polar H7 HRM with Runtastic Pro under Android 4.4.  

P.P.S.  Runtastic Gold membership £27.90 ($45.69) or Strava £36.03 ($59.00)?!  I'd have loved to have had a subscription as a Christmas present but I'll wait till new year + the obvious sales that will happen.  Seriously thinking about switching for the new year. 

December 04, 2013 01:29 PM
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G Faraghan

Wow Adam, if only Strava could respond to my post in 25 minutes!!

December 04, 2013 01:43 PM
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Adam Bennett

I was just re-jumping on the bandwaggon of BLE support...Again!  But yeah it's one update from the Strava developers every 3 months, so we're due an update sometime around about the end of January 2014!

December 04, 2013 02:06 PM
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Nathan Townsend

This is really disappointing.   I just purchased a the Viiia 4iii HRM specifically because I wanted strap that goes around my chest which will pair with my garmin edge when I'm outdoors (via ANT+) and pair with my phone (android) when I'm indoors.  Seriously, how hard it is?  If the Zephyr can pair with the strava app, then so can the 4iii.  But the zephyr can't pair with my garmin because its not ANT+.  The advantage of the 4iii is that it is ANT+ and can act as an ANT to wi-fi bridge.  I'm also a researcher and I need a device that can handle RR interval recording + export but it seems that none of the offerings at market can do this. ithlete is close, but not quite there because you can't export. I have to go back to my trusty suunto for that one, but of course I have to find a PC and upload to movescount... oh but wait... Suunto uses their own version of ANT so that doesn't pair with my garmin either.  Just make the train tracks all the same width please gentlemen!

December 05, 2013 07:38 PM
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Stephen Porter

+Nathan Townsend.   Thanks for the mention of the Viiia 4iii HRM.   I've been looking for a single HRM that would work with my Nexus 4 AND my Garmin Edge 500.   I thought there was no such thing.  Now the problem is finding an app that will work with the Nexus 4 and the Viiia -- apparently it isn't going to be Strava at least for some time.   My second choice would be Endomondo, but they don't support BT LE on Android yet either.   I will NEVER buy an iPhone, and it kind of ticks me off that Android gets so little love from any of these apps.

 

STP

December 07, 2013 04:22 PM
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Stephen Porter

Just check out the Viiia website and apparently they are even less communicative than Strava.   Geez....   I'll probably just end up either foregoing an HRM for my hiking/running/walking activities and get an ANT + HRM for the Edge 500 and wait a year or two till all these App companies get their acts together.    But no iPhones for me.... ;-)

December 07, 2013 04:30 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Hey All,

I want to start with a big thanks for your patience! I know no news is frustrating. Anyhow, I just wanted to chime in and say that BLE support in December isn't looking likely at the moment. I am very hopeful about Q1 though. Lots of boring details that I'd happily whine about in person (seriously, I'm easy to find if you do any of the group rides in/around San Francisco).

 

I've been using a sportiiiis and it's a neat little product. The ant+ bridge on the HR strap is a really nice feature.

 

December 08, 2013 11:00 PM
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Chris Paton

Appreciate your comments, Mateo -- a rough ETA is better than none!

When it does come, would you expect Strava to be compatible with any certified Bluetooth LE HRM? I don't buy something that turns out to be incompatible with Strava and I'm wondering about getting some Christmas requests in you see ;-)

Cheers,
Chris

December 09, 2013 04:19 PM
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Jason Greene

I have a premium membership with Strava.... and I am turning it off today.  I'll be switching to one of the other apps that support BLE.

December 09, 2013 06:16 PM
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Kenny Stoltz

If you need beta testers, I've got a Wahoo HR, speed and cadence meter. It's the only thing I use my iphone for now, have switched everything else over to a nexus 5. 

December 10, 2013 05:47 AM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Chris, pretty much any BLE device should work. You can read between the lines, but we haven't seen any issues with specific BLE devices. Just looking around my desk it's a safe bet to say the devices from Wahoo, Zephyr & 4iiiis amongst many others will work. 

 

Jason, sorry to hear that. Hopefully we can win you back in the future.

 

Kenny, thanks! We will definitely need testers. Most likely a Strava Labs build, which will certainly be linked here when available.

 

Again thanks for all your patience folks! I can guarantee the Android team wants to get this out very badly, but it has to be solid.

December 10, 2013 10:59 AM
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Jesus Quesada

Hi Mateo,

Thanks for the updates man.  Glad you are listening and keeping us up to date....very important to us that you are not keeping us in the dark.

 

Thanks and hopefully we can see BLE sooner than later. :)  

 

Always willing to be a tester.

 

JQ

December 10, 2013 02:57 PM
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Joey French

Yes, we're chomping at the bit here. Checking in daily to figure out if I'll be able to purchase a BLE HRM to pair with Strava and my Nexus running Android 4.4.2 (also, to pay Premium!). Please link to any beta builds here..!

December 14, 2013 08:21 AM
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Neil Young

I've got a Nexus 5 with a Beets Blu HRM. Will be very happy when this all gets sorted out.

December 30, 2013 01:26 PM
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U SA

If there is a beta Version - Link it and i test it. But please do so by the end of the winter...!

January 03, 2014 01:15 AM
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Simon Geoghegan

I am a software engineer from Perth, Western Australia, and I can appreciate that it does take time to design, build, test and then release new features to a system. That being said, I decided to test a BTLE heart rate monitor on a couple different devices and I didn't experience any issues. Even the sample app (BluetoothLeGattSample) worked without any issues. I thought that maybe it was a problem with stability, but even after a couple hours of use I couldn't see anything wrong (except for tho occasional resetting bluetooth to reconnect after manually disconnecting).

I'd be more than happy to offer my services, whether that be testing or implementing new features I would just like to help get this done. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

January 03, 2014 07:53 PM
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U SA
Strava, please Text him! ;-)
January 04, 2014 12:10 AM
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Tom Cook

Polar themselves have now released a fitness app that supports BLE HRM's. It is currently only available for Samsung Galaxy S3 but I managed to download the APK and sideload it onto my Nexus 4 and it works perfectly well with my Polar H7. Many other users with different devices are also reporting that it is stable too.

Please Strava, it's your turn now!

Link to Polar Beat app - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.polar.beat

 

 

January 04, 2014 04:26 AM
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Tom Cook

*Samsung Galaxy S4

For anyone interested in what the Polar Flow (the website you upload activities to) UI is like:

http://puu.sh/698XC.png

January 04, 2014 04:31 AM
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John Macleod

I would also be interested in helping with Beta testing when available.

January 05, 2014 01:10 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Happy New Year everybody, hope you all had a great holiday. We hope to have a test-no-support-use-at-your-own-risk-blah-blah-blah APK for people to try out roughly around the 15th . I realize how much anticipation there is around BLE support in Strava Android and your patience is very much appreciated. Please stay tuned!

January 06, 2014 02:41 PM
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Jalil Arfaoui

+1 !

I own a Viiiiva from 4iiii with cadence and step meter.

I own a Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.3, and the Viiiiva is working fine with "BLE Heart Rate Monitor".

I'd like to particpate to beta test, too.

Thanks for all your efforts, I look forward to see the result !

Jalil

January 06, 2014 02:51 PM
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Tom Cook
Great news on the beta, Mateo - sign me up!
January 06, 2014 04:32 PM
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Stephen Porter

Tom C.,

Google Play tells me that the Polar app you link to is incompatible with all my devices: Nexus 4, and two Nexus 7's ????

 

Jalil,

If you get a beta, please report results here.   I'm holding off buying a Viiiva HRM until I can find an app that will support it.

 

STP

 

STP

January 06, 2014 05:23 PM
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U SA
As said, I want to be a beta tester!
January 07, 2014 03:39 AM
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Juantxo Ovalle

I'd like aldo to be a beta tester. I'm using Samsung S3 mini with Android 4.4.2 (CyanogenMod). It pairs perfectly with Polarbeat and Oruxmaps (by the way the best application for track following and maps creation).

 

January 08, 2014 04:01 AM
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Ben Gummelt

I too would be interested to know when this APK is available.  Samsung S4

January 09, 2014 10:47 AM
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Adrian G
Sign me up for the beta test. Should we expect the link to the apk to show up here?
January 11, 2014 01:13 PM
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Bryn Thomas

Very interested in testing it on a Nexus 5 with Wahoo Blue HR and SC.

January 11, 2014 02:10 PM
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U SA
I'm keen to test the beta version - nexus 4 kitkat & 60beat blue heart rate
January 15, 2014 04:43 AM
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Alvaro C.

today is "the day", have you APK for testing? i want it!!!

January 15, 2014 05:11 AM
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Tom Cook

@Mateo A. Ortega - If no APK today then an update would be nice.

January 15, 2014 06:32 AM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Good morning everybody. Still planning for an "Strava Labs" build at some point today. Will keep you all posted either way. 

Here's a link to current Strava Labs build just for kicks

https://rink.hockeyapp.net/apps/dbbeadd6c63647932675c38d41247606

January 15, 2014 08:09 AM
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Tom Cook

Cheers Mateo. Keep up posted! Can't wait for this.

January 15, 2014 04:40 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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At long last a build is available for testing. I really need to emphasize the word testing. We’ve tried various BLE solutions (1st & 3rd party) with some mixed results around certain phone/device combinations. This build is as bare boned as possible to really help isolate any potential BLE problem areas. This initial build is focused on “scan & connect”. Subsequent builds where we enable certain disabled features will happen rapidly. You can record & upload with the Labs build just as you would with the Play versions.

Some caveats:

  • You need to enable Bluetooth on your phone & BLE in the App

  • Android 4.3 or greater
  • The BLE scan lasts 10 seconds after opening the Record screen. It won’t actually connect to your HR strap until after the scan completes.
  • If you don’t see HR data on the record screen within 30 seconds or so, you probably need to restart the scan (by clicking the grey HR icon, then the spinner icon).
  • Things disabled in this initial build: Support for BLE devices other than HR, Reconnection logic, Updated UI & Settings, Coexistence with BT 2.0

 

  • If it works, please let us know what phone, OS version & HR device.
  • If it doesn’t work, please let us know the same information + anything you may of tried. If you’re able to provide logs we would love them.

 

Here is the apk, https://www.dropbox.com/s/lg5nguyol612duc/LabsHockey-4.0.0-255.apk  Again, we really appreciate your continued patience and help on the subject!

 

January 15, 2014 04:50 PM
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Liz Quilty

Brilliant! thanks for the hard work! Will test now. 
Where do you prefer us to log any bugs?

January 15, 2014 04:54 PM
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Tom Cook
January 15, 2014 04:55 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Please just post any feedback here? I'm hoping for the longest zendesk article in Strava history!!! :P Thanks for trying it!

January 15, 2014 04:57 PM
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Hendrik Hemmler

I see my current heartrate atm, will do a run tomorrow (maybe) and a ride on saturday (definitely).

Nexus 5 @4.4.2
4iiii Viiiiva V100 

January 15, 2014 05:55 PM
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Craig .

Not working for my Nexus 5, 4.4.2, 4iiii Viiiiva HRM, but I don't blame Strava...the bluedroid stack really is second rate. Trying to connect with the labs build even caused my previously paired HRM to become unpaired, something that could only be bluedroid's fault. The Labs build eventually reported it connected, but no values showed up on the screen.

Anyway, there is lots of good stuff in the log including logged packets from the gatt service with the correct device ID. Let me know where and if you want android logs posted.

January 15, 2014 07:01 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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Our own Ben W. found my instructions a little confusing (he's right), so he created this awesome little graphic to help out.

January 15, 2014 07:07 PM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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@Craig can you email them to me  (mateo ATSIGN strava PERIOD com) please? Thanks!

January 15, 2014 07:08 PM
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Nedim Celik

I confirm that HTC One (Developer Edition, stock with Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5) works with Wahoo HRM v2.1. Did not connect on first try, but it was instant on second.

January 15, 2014 07:37 PM
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Adrian G
Works with Nexus 5 and Polar HR7. It was a go on the first try. Thanks Mateo!
January 15, 2014 07:51 PM
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Stan Muse

Installed on HTC One. Detects my Viiiiva HRM and gives me a HR. But it does not seem to be able to take advantage of the Viiiiva's ANT+ bridge multi-sensor capabilities to capture data like cadence from the bike sensors. Still not caught up to ipbike, which will connect to the Viiiiva via BLE and at the same time take advantage of it's ANT+ bridge, but at least headed in the right direction. Perhaps something like ipsensorman that could allow Strava to work with the Viiiiva via BLE or ANT+ and perhaps even pick up the bike's sensors directly.

January 15, 2014 09:14 PM
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U SA
Nexus 4 kitkat. 60beat Heart rate Workshop. BUT: also the Standard have these problem, but also the labs. Even when the ride is long stopped the wake up the phone for hours and hours! It's the top battery consumer on my device unless I stop it manually via the android settings
January 16, 2014 01:16 AM
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Mateo A. Ortega
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@Nedium & @Adrian...thanks!

@Stan we'll cross the ant+ bridge (so to speak) soon. This initial test version literally ignores anything that isn't HR. We really like the Viiiiva, so it will definitely get tested & tried. 

@U Are you saying you're seeing a problem with the screen wake up being left on after recording with the Play version & Labs?

January 16, 2014 08:20 AM
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Bryn Thomas

Great stuff, tried it with my Nexus 5 and a Wahoo HRM v2.1 and it paired up and showed the heart rate value. I'll try a cycle with it in the next few days and report, but looks good so far.

January 16, 2014 09:25 AM
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Adam Bennett

All good for me, it worked second time. Or first time after I turned bluetooth on!  I've not been out for a run/bike yet with it so can't confirm any more that that at the moment.  Will test run this weekend weather dependant.  Promising stuff so far...

Nexus 4 - Android 4.4.2 - Polar H7 BLE HRM

January 16, 2014 11:12 AM
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Steve Bennett

After a bit of a faff i got the beta working with a Nexus 5 and Runtastic Combo HRM. I bought the HRM specifically to give the beta a go yesterday. After nearly throwing the HRM out of the window i worked out that switching off the WIFI on the phone solved the problem. Worked like a charm last on my cycle home last night however....

This morning I gave it another go and could not get the Strava Beta to pick up the HRM. I tried switching Bluetooth on and off, rebooted the phone, removed the strap and put it back on again. It would not connect. I then opened a simple HRM app (BLE Heartrate Monitor) and instantly that connected. I then switched back to Strava which then seemed to wake from its slumber andconnected. I haven't had to to repeat this to confirm a pattern though,

Conclusion, brilliant when it worked, still a bit of work to do, could be the HRM though. Like you say it beta.

 

 

January 17, 2014 02:19 AM
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Adrian G
Nexus 5/Android 4.4.2/Polar H7

It worked the first time. However, the second time Strava never got any data from the HRM even when the manager was displaying that an HRM was connected.
January 17, 2014 05:35 AM
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Juantxo Ovalle

Specifc: Polar HR7, Samsung S3 mini Android 4.4.2  CyanogenMod 2011/01/14

It didn't pair during firs attempt. After reboot pairing OK.

Tomorrow I'll test it if weather is good, today it's been a rainy day.

January 18, 2014 09:42 AM
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Hendrik Hemmler

4iiii Viiiiva, Nexus 5 4.4.2

I wanted to log my ride today, but no luck today (see above for my initial successful connections). I rebooted 4 times, gave up after that and logged with ipBike (using the Viiiiva), regular Strava and my Edge 500.
Can I dig up some log files (are they created automatically?)?

January 18, 2014 09:48 AM
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Efrén Navarro

Hi,

Reporting success with Zephyr HxM Smart and Moto X with Android 4.4. I'll now test it on the road ASAP and report if there is any problem.

Thanks for the BLE support!

January 18, 2014 07:43 PM
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Juantxo Ovalle

 

I started Strava Labs and it didn't detect Polar HR7. Then I started Oruxmaps, it detected the HR7. I restarted Starva Labs and it worked!

It's a shame that Strava recognizes Polar HR7 just after another program has done so.

Another thing to highlight is battery consumption. For a 1 h ride, having Oruxmaps and Strava working at the same time, Oruxmaps consumed 3% of the battery, Strava 9%. GPS and 3G ON.

Keep on, you are doing a good job.

 

 

January 19, 2014 04:27 AM
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Stephen Porter

I have been waiting to order the Viiiva heart rate monitor and I guess now is time.   I'd be happy to report whatever results I get, but I'm not sure how to load the beta on to my phone.   I have a Nexus 4 with Android 4.4.x.    Can someone tell me what I need to do (if anything)?    TIA.

 

STP

January 19, 2014 07:37 AM
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Hendrik Hemmler

You simply open the apk file with your phone. It will then promt you to release a security measure (the ability to install apps from sources other than the playstore) if you have that enabled (should be default). Then you open it a second time and the installation will work - afterwards you can re-enable the security setting.

January 19, 2014 07:42 AM
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Liz Quilty

Bit of a shame that it doesn't work with ANT also, would be neat to have it work with my existing Garmin gear

January 19, 2014 10:14 AM
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