Nike has just released an update for its running app with a new feature called Partners, which allows runners to connect to third-party devices instead of Nike’s own fitness tracking devices. Nike’s hardware partners include Garmin, Tom Tom, Wahoo Fitness and Netpulse.
Upon downloading or updating the app, users will see a Partners screen which brings them through a quick tutorial on how to pair the app with third-party devices. Besides that, the update also brings several enhancements to the app like updated shoe-tagging and an auto-pause mode that pauses the running session when the runner is stationary.
By opening up to different platforms, the company is giving users more variety in their preferred mobile OS and fitness device choices. Initially, the running app was only usable with a Nike fitness product like the footpod step-trackers and the Fuelband wearable. Software wise, it was also kept limited only to iOS users and only recently, we saw a change where the app was made available on Android. Now the app will cater to even more runners, on both iOS and Android, at the same time broadening the hardware choices users have.