Runkeeper

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Runkeeper
Corporate logo of Runkeeper (FitnessKeeper, Inc.).png
Original author(s)FitnessKeeper
Developer(s)ASICS
Initial release2008; 14 years ago (2008)
Stable release
Android12.3 / December 16, 2021; 5 months ago (2021-12-16)[1]
Android Wear2.2.5
iOS12.3.1 / December 16, 2021; 5 months ago (2021-12-16)[2]
Operating systemAndroid 7+, iOS 13.7+
Size57.65 MB (Android), 126.8 MB (iOS)
Available in12 languages[3][4]
TypeFitness
LicenseProprietary
Websiterunkeeper.com

Runkeeper is a GPS fitness-tracking app for iOS and Android launched in 2008.[5][6][7] In late 2011, Runkeeper secured $10 million in a Series B financing, led by Spark Capital.[8] In February 2016 Runkeeper was acquired by ASICS.[9][10]

Functions[edit]

Runkeeper's main function is to track fitness activities such as walking, running and cycling using the device's GPS sensor.[11] once an activity is completed, Runkeeper provides basic statistics of that activity. Periodically, Runkeeper offers a Runkeeper Challenge, which requires completing a specific workout within a set time limit.

Runkeeper also has a premium subscription plan, which provides more detailed statistics of the activity, performance comparison, and training plans for the user.

Criticism and controversy[edit]

In May 2016, the Runkeeper software came to the attention of the Norwegian Consumer Council for breaching European data protection laws. It is alleged to continue tracking user's locations after the application is terminated and to share this information with advertisers in ways that exceed the bounds of the application's terms and conditions.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk APKs". APKMirror.
  2. ^ "Runkeeper—GPS Running Tracker". App Store.
  3. ^ "What Languages Does Runkeeper Support?". ASICS Runkeeper Help Center. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  4. ^ https://apps.apple.com/us/app/runkeeper-gps-running-tracker/id300235330
  5. ^ "The Technology That Created a New Generation of Runners". The Atlantic. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  6. ^ "RunKeeper: Product and app development by Raizlabs". Raizlabs. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  7. ^ "RunKeeper - App Developer". Raizlabs. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  8. ^ "(Founder Stories) Runkeeper: Striving To Becoming The Facebook For Health". Techcrunch. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  9. ^ "RunKeeper acquired by sportswear giant Asics". VentureBeat. 2016-02-12. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  10. ^ "Fitness App Runkeeper To Be Acquired By Running Shoe Maker ASICS". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  11. ^ Shannon Powell Hart (2012-12-04). "Best free apps - kvue.com Austin". kvue.com Austin. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  12. ^ Carlon, Kris (13 May 2016). "Runkeeper is secretly tracking you around the clock and sending your data to advertisers". Android Authority. Android Authority. Retrieved 14 May 2016. The NCC's investigation into Runkeeper discovered that user location data is tracked around the clock and gets transmitted to a third party advertiser in the U.S. called Kiip.me.

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