asked this on August 21, 2012 12:15 PM
It'd be nice if you could get the app to announce your last mile's pace/speed each time you finish a mile. Or even avg pace/speed if the split pace/speed isn't being tracked/is too difficult.
This is essential seeing how a majority of the other apps out there already offer this. I have been trying to sell a lot of other runners on this app and thats the first thing they ask me.... it's a must have guys!!
I totally agree! I've only used Strava Run once so far and I like everything about it except that it doesn't announce your mile splits. I’m going to try and use a competitor’s app concurrently the next time I run, but the redundancy seems crazy.
Strava Developers – Any chance an update is coming with the option to announce splits?
Thanks for the Feedback! We think we need audio announcements for the iOS App too. We already have this with the Android App, so we'll be working to make the Apps comparable in the next few months. Stay tuned! -Elle, Strava Support
I agree! The Nike + app does a nice job of this. At each mile it announces the mile, the total time, and the current pace. I usually run with Strava AND nike run both going at the same time, because I have to have that voice over.
I just completed my first sprint triathlon and loved using Strava to track my swim, bike and run. I have sorely missed an audio announcement to help me pace myself. I don't like to map out a run or bike ahead of time... I like to just FEEL IT but it would be a huge help to get notification of how many miles I have run or biked. PLEASE PLEASE add this soon! Samsung Galazy Droid user.
Have been trying to figure out if I was doing something wrong. Good to know the feature just isn't there. Heading back to my Nike + app until this upgrades for the iphone :-(
I'm in the same boat. A huge fan of Strava (especially for mountain biking) but I love having voice feedback while I run. As much as I'd like to have my runs and rides together on Strava, I'll stick with Nike+ until this comes to iOS. I'm also curious if the voice feedback will be able to compare your current run with your bests (1 mile, 3k, 5k, 10k time) while you're running.
Hello everyone - there is still no definite timeframe for adding audio alerts to the iPhone App, but it is planned! Hopefully you'll see this feature in the next few months. Thanks for your patience, -Elle, Strava Support
How about adding an audio alert as you enter or finish a known segment! Can you say PR? Strav-ahhhhh!
^ Knowing when we entered a segment would be an epic feature! With so many overlapping segments I imagine it would be a technical nightmare signaling each one, but it'd be great if we could star or choose favorites before the ride/run began.
It is BAFFLING to me how anyone uses Strava without this feature. When running, my phone is on my arm (like most)......so how the HECK am I supposed to keep track of my pace, etc.? This feature has been on Android since Feb...and it's been on competing apps (mapyrun) since forever... so what's taking so long? And what do others do - not check their pace at all, stop to check, try to read it off the phone while running? Isn't this one of the main reasons people use apps like Strava? Guess I am spoiled since Nike+ has had this for ages (granted it has many other issues).
Hi Strava developers ................. I think audio announcements are the only serious thing lacking from the iOS app. If you could get this sorted I'd stop using RunKeeper. I love the idea from others about announcing the start of a segment; that really would be a great feature.
Elle, I think it would be better if it was implemented and not planned. This is a feature that everyone here would benefit from and it amazes me that you have not come up with a update in the 3 months "this" thread has been going for one of the most popular devices, the iPhone. I love Strava but cannot dedicate myself to it with out this feature. Please speed the process along. Pretty Please!!!
LOVE Strava, but need optional pace, distance, time, and heart-rate at user-selected intervals on iOS app please!!!!! MotionX GPS has a perfect implementation of this....
Until this feature is implemented for Strava, I'll be a Runkeeper user. Shame, too, since I really like the data and social features much better here.
Elle - have there been any updates or timeframe established for adding audio alerts to the iPhone app? I know many of us are eager to find out.
Hi Nate, I believe audio alerts are on their way! They may find their way into the next update for the Strava App.
Elle ............... I feel like Christmas has come early :-) !! That update will make a lot of Strava users very happy.
Woohoo! Thanks for the update. I admit that I get a little excited each time I see that my App Store app has an update! I hope Christmas comes soon.
Elle - you were true to your word...the latest iOS update for the Run app includes audio alerts! Heading out for a test run right now.
Please direct me to the correct forum if this isn't the place for first impressions of the audio announcements added to the latest Strava Run App update. Please note that I love Strava and will continue to use the app for both biking and running; however, based on my points below, I will continue to use the Nike+ App in conjunction with Strava until further improvements are made. Thank you for responding to users' requests for audio announcements. I look forward to seeing what comes next.
Choice between mile and half-mile announcements
Lower sound quality compared to other running apps (Nike+/RunKeeper - sounds like an old-man robot (my mile time was almost indistinguishable)
Lack of quarter mile announcements
As expected, audio announcement lowered the music volume (Apple Music App); however, music volume didn't return to its normal level after announcement was completed.
Lack of overall elapsed time
Wishlist: music integration, run countdown before recording, segment announcements, screen rotation, higher quality voice
Thanks for the feed back Nate! I'll pass it along to the right channels.
Okay, I've updated my iOS app but I still can't see the feature to turn on audio announcements!! ..................... where are the settings?
Hi Paul - from the Strava Run App, click on the Settings page and under "Settings" you'll see "Audio Announcements" with the On/Off option.
Hope that helps Paul!
I have just used the iOS App for the 1st time with the audio announcements - a feature that was desperately needed as I have had to use Micoach concurrently with Strava to get distance and speed announcements up to now. So thanks for updating the App. There are a couple of issues though:
1. I cannot understand the rather robotic voice so have no idea how far I have gone.
2. The volume level of music playing in the background goes down when the distance audio announcement comes on - it doesn't return to the correct level though.
I would also like the audio announcements to have a "human" voice like on Micoach and to give more data - e.g heart rate, time elapsed etc. I can then solely use Strava. Keep up the good work!
I too, just tried the new Strava audio cue. I'm not very impressed. So far, there is no comparison to mapmyrun, runmeter, and runkeeper. There is no customization, avg pace, current pace, etc. The volume was useless. I had my phone turned almost all the way up, which made my music too loud and when the voice cue came on it lowered the music as expected, but I still could not understand a word that was said. Basically I had no idea how far or fast I had gone until my run was over. Until I see improvements, Ill stick with mapmyrun even though this app is getting too bloated.
@damien: I think it's important to remember that the competitors (Runkeeper in my case) didn't start out that great either. They've evolved over time. I can only hope that Strava continues to evolve as well, and there will be regular improvements with each release.
Okay ....... the positives and the negatives!
Positives - the Strava team is listening and has acted on all of our requests to add audio announcements, so thank you for that.
Negatives- the audio announcements are so poor, they're useless. I'm unsure who signed this app update off believing it was good enough. They clearly didn't go out and test the product themselves. You just have to listen to Runkeeper to see how superior their announcements are. I am however a Strava fan and the segments feature will keep me coming back ............... unless Runkeeper add segments to their app !!!
Understandable, maybe I was a little harsh in my review. I just wanted to point out the flaws to hopefully get improved. Other than the Audio cues, I really like the Strava app.
Thanks for all the great feedback! We've released version 3.1.1 which fixed some bugs around our audio alerts, especially in regard to music playing at the same time. Let us know if you notice the improvements!
My original review was using the new 3.1.1. Music faded away for the audio alert and returned to original volume. However, as stated before the volume of the audio alert was way to low to understand.
Hi Damien and Justin - Can you try playing around with the "phone volume" and the "audio volume"? I believe that the phone volume (like the ringer volume) is independent of the music player volume. If you turn up the phone's volume (buttons on the side of the phone) does that affect the volume of the voice feedback within the App? And hopefully make the voice feedback easier to hear?
Yes and no. Yes the volume control on the side of the phone increases the volume of the audio alert. However, when headphones are plugged into the phone and music is being listened to, this controls the volume of the music as well. I had to turn it all the way up to hear the audio alert, but my music was way to loud to listen to. In addition, when the volume was way up, I could hear the audio alert, but it was a little distorted, kind of like turning up the volume on bad speakers. It's as if the volume of the audio alert is not calibrated correctly for regular play of music. I hope this helps. Adding customization options to the audio alerts would be a big plus as well. Avg pace, current pace, total time, different voices, etc. Other than this, strava seems to be a great app, and Im looking forward to using it more instead of mapmyride, which has become too slow and bloated with adds.
Will this feature be available for Strava Cycle?
Do the audio alerts work with the app in the background? Thanks :)
I was just talking to my fellow runners about the lack of milage audio update a few minutes ago . . . I'm not a big techno-geek, and just started using strava, coming from Nike, Endomondo, which have great alerts, but not near the social. I see there's a few bugs to work out, but at least I see were heading in the right direction. Thanks
So I tried out the audio notifications to my dismay. I do appreciate Strava updating the app and listening to us, but there are still issues.
Thanks for all the feedback! This is very helpful. I will pass this along to the mobile engineers, and keep this forum updated with any progress.
In the meantime, a few clarifcations:
- Darren, what kind of interference are you experiencing with your BT earphones?
- Are some of you still not receiving audio alerts in Strava Run despite them being turned on?
- Audio alerts should work when App is in the background.
- We don't currently have plans to add this feature to Strava Cycling as we don't intend for this feature to be used while Cycling.
- Are any other users experiencing volume issues like Damien?
Add my name to the list of folks who would like to see this feature perfected- I've been using MapMyRun for a while and the voice feedback and options are great (can choose time intervals instead of just mileage intervals, can choose what gets reported [time, pace, distance, HR, averages, etc). I use Strava for cycling and am trying to put all of my exercise data in one place, but the voice feedback on Strava is horrible. I can't decipher what the voice is saying at all. Very happy, however, to see that Strava seems to be listening to customers, however. Let's hope there will be another update soon!
I will have to agree with you Al, I had to switch back to Wahoo Fitness due to the incomprehensible mileage updates. One of the other issues I encountered was interference with my bluetooth earphones while using Strava. I myself would like to keep all data in one place and I do appreciate that Strava is listening, but I too hopes that an update comes soon.
Darren- you can upload directly from Wahoo to Strava, can't you? I think I'll start using Wahoo for running...
I had the opposite issue as you, @patrickdean:
I did a 7 mile run - Strava announced "mile 7..." but when I paused it after taking a few more steps, it marked the run as a 6.9 mile run! So the announcement actually came BEFORE the actual? This makes no sense.
Good to see the stava dev team listens to their clients. Elle, can you please confirm that there are plans to increase the quality of the voice alerts to be on par with Runkeeper (my fav voice alert). Are the developers lacing up and checking out the competition? If they did they would hear and "Feel" the difference. Lots of us love the social logging aspect and segment feature but you are clearly losing some customers because of this Voice alert frailty.
Hi Will and others - I can confirm we are working on the quality of the voice announcements. Stay tuned! We have listened to the feedback, and hope to improve the sound quality of the audio alerts.
Thanks for sharing your feedback comparing Strava and MMR Al - we don't have specific plans to add functionality to the audio alerts, in terms of choosing what gets announced and when, but this would be good to think about.
The accuracy issue is tough because we use the raw data from the App to gauge distance, and once the data is uploaded to Strava upon completion we filter out any bad points and improve the data quality. This can at times affect the overall recorded distance - @V W and @Patrick, sorry for the trouble!
Thanks Elle. I've since started using the Wahoo Fitness app and it has better data, better voice guidance, and it uploads seamlessly to Strava...
My experience is the same as others. The audio is unaudible - can't hear it when running and it also turned the music off once.
I was expecting to get something useful like I get with runkeeper but that doesn't seem to be the case. Without audio cues I'm reluctant to use strava during my run as I check my pace regularly - and runkeeper gives average pace, total time etc.... and the voice always is recognisable and turns music down without any problem - and it sounds like a nice voice, not a robot.
Hi Carter, The Strava App should give you an audio alert for pace every mile. Have you given it a try?
The problem Im having is the audio voice over isn't loud enough, it pauses the music but the voice can just barely be heard.
Shame no audio on the biking app - I was all ready to switch over from MapMyRun, but on a long ride, it sure is nice to have those audio updates every once in a while. Will stick with mapmyrun for now.
Shame no audio on the biking app - I was all ready to switch over from MapMyRide, but on a long ride, it sure is nice to have those audio updates every once in a while. Will stick with mapmyride for now.
I too have just started to use the bike app after coming from Ibiker, I would also like the audio updates, especially when using a training route, so you can judge how you are doing. Any chance of putting a voice update on the cycle app as well?
I see its been a few days since the last post, are there any plans in the future to add audio alerts to the bike app?
seems dangerous to be cycling with headphones on......
yes please audio feed back for the cycling app!! my iPhone sits firmly on my stem and i can hear it using runkeeper but id rather just use this so please strava add audio for cyclists lol
I've just started using Strava, but the audio on the per mile alerts is too quiet, are there any plans to improve this?
+1 for audio feedback for cycling... just coming over from endomondo per friends recommendation and really missed the mileage/pace audio alerts.
I love the option for half-mile announcements, but the audio is far too quiet to hear with music playing. It's a great feature, but it's too hard to hear to be useful :(
Announcements for the cycling app would be great. I love strava, but have a hard time using it for intervals because I keep my phone on my arm and can't see time/distance/HR. I keep my bluetooth in one ear when I use map my ride and hearing the announcements is much safer than trying to look at my arm when riding! Using Strava exclusively would be a no brainer if it had this feature.
Seriously can't recommend the Wahoo Fitness app enough. Uploads to Strava seamlessly and has all of the features being requested here. I use Strava for mountain biking because I don't want/ need audio feedback, but for running and road riding, Wahoo's app does it all better than Strava.
Thanks for the tip, Al! I looked and it seems that Wahoo has a few apps out there. Which one do you use?
I've tried Wahoo too and although I really like it, I've found that it delivers some really strange kilometre splits. The split time announcements are just plain wrong but it always gives the correct total kilometres at the end of the activity!!
Re; Wahoo only for iOS :/ no Android luv. I opened a sep support ticket to request audio cues for Cycling app:https://strava.zendesk.com/requests/126758
Yeah- I use it for iOS (iPhone) and haven't had any issues, but I'm not dissecting every run either. Julia- their webpage lists a ton of the apps that work with their stuff, but you're looking for the "Wahoo Fitness" app in the app store (that's what it's called)- assuming you're on an iphone, apparently...
Thanks again, Al. I downloaded it and it looks like a good setup. Thanks for the tip!
I switched to Strava Cycle app as I liked the look of it, the wide number of local segments, and also because friends of mine use it, but I am really thinking about switching back to RunKeeper because of the lack of audio announcements. I wear my phone on my arm during cycling and can hear Runkeeper's audio announcements over the phones loud speaker without a problem. I really don't want to have to run two apps at the same time, so if you've written the code for the running app, it can't be that much of an ask to transfer it across; seems like there's quite a demand for it!
I finally gave up, bought the Wahoo bike pack, started using the WahooFitness app and canceled my Strava Premium. It uploads seamlessly and easily to Strava and several other apps, so I can use them still to compare against friends, etc....however I'm doing a base building program right now, so not setting any land speed records. I'm actually really happy with the WahooFitness app, it has several customizable announcements, integrated music, several different display screens, power meter option and lots of other bells and whistles that Strava doesn't. And I think it pairs with any sensors, not just theirs. Good stuff.
Hello Strava users -
I've just received word the the next version of the iPhone App for Run (3.5.1) will include greatly improved audio alerts and voice feedback. This version of the App should hit the App store soon, so please give it a try when it is released and let us know what you think.
At this time, we do not have plans to add audio alerts to the Strava Cycling app.
Thanks for all the great feedback!
Hi Elle, thanks for the response, but I am sure I'm not alone in wondering why you do not plan to add audio alerts to the cycle app? There's clearly a demand for it, and whilst I am no software engineer, I am sure it's not all that hard a feature to implement.
Baffled why would would not add audio alerts to the Strava Cycle app. For that reason alone, I continue to Use Runkeeper while I cycle and then transfer my data to Strava for analysis. I would be glad to abandon Runkeeper and use Strava exclusively if you would add some sort of audio cues to let me know how far I have gone without having to look at the iPhone.
Elle Anderson the strava app is only giving me mile splits what about some one looking for time total time elapsed during a run at each mile? i cant add up all the splits in my head
I've been happily using Strava Run (with my iphone 4) for last 6 months with the (previous version of the) audio updates running in parallel with my music playing through the normal iphone music player. Since I updated to latest version of Strava two changes: 1) The quality of the audio updated has vastly improved so I can now understand the split times each half kilometre2) As soon as an audio update kicks in to give me split time it shuts down my music player. It used to just phase out the music, give me the split time and then phase music back in. This is a disaster, as I need to open my music app again while running (every half a kilometre). What am I doing wrong?
Help much appreciated,
Similar experience as Chris Pell above - audio announcements were working fine previously though a little faint - now when I start my run I get a "Commencing Run" audio that cuts across my music and music never returns. So I reopen music app and leave Strava on in background and now don't get km splits even though run records correctly. iPhone 4.
Whether you run for fun or in a race you want to break your PRs. To know if your on schedule during your run total time elapsed as voice feedback is valuable, and will definitely add value to the Strava iOS app.
It should be pointed out that in order to get to the "Settings" page, you have to click on the Profile tab at the bottom right of the Strava Run app. Took an embarrassing amount of time to finally find it! Why not have "Settings" on the Record page, since the settings for Real Time Segments are found there? Seems more intuitive...
hi Elle, I have iphone 4 with IOS 7. if I go audio announcements I see voice downloads but absolutely nothing else. one of the voices is selected but there is no on / off options anywhere?? can you advise pls? if I delete app and reinstall would that help? I don't want to lose any data though... thx Rich
Hey Strava folks, just want to pick up with R1CHTEA's observation. I noticed the audio announcements with download options in my Strava Cycling app today... without the ability to enable them or set parameters. Just curious what thats all about.
Agree. I ride with my phone just behind my head in the top of the camelbak. It calls out the kilometers, time, altitude and total climb. When training I need the time to get me back from my lunchbreak. When I rode the 2013 Ironbike (880 km for 28000m climbing in 8 stages - do the sums) the altitude kept me sane because I could know how close I was to the col. Would have liked to use Strava, but the battery consumption would be too high running two apps (12 hours on the bike on some days) so stuck with Sportstracklive. When you install voice feedback on the cycling app I'll start using it again. Come on, what's the reason for lagging behind all the competitors when your whole premise is to compare yourself with other sports people????
A quick update - With the release of the 4.0 Strava app, all activity types are recorded in one app. I've attached a screenshot of the Run Announcements that are available when you choose to record a run activity from the record screen. If you enable the setting for "every half mile" or "every mile" announcements, these announcements will play when you record a run.
For those cyclists out there who are interested in announcements - you can always choose the run type during recording, hear the announcements, then change the activity to a Ride when the activity is saved.
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