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Android wear GPS tracking

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Created by Simonozspray 6 months ago, 7 Apr 2018
Simonozspray
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7 Apr 2018 6:36PM
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Has anyone out there found a decent app to use with an Android Wear watch (in my case Nixon The Mission) which will work without the phone and reliably transfer the session at the end? The only one I've found will not do speed stats, and then there's Strava which will do so for a significant monthly membership fee. (I don't mind buying an app but don't want to have to keep buying it every month,)

seanhogan
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7 Apr 2018 7:10PM
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windrace seems ok

Simonozspray
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7 Apr 2018 8:03PM
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seanhogan said..
windrace seems ok


Does't look like it supports Android Wear. Have I missed something?

Simonozspray
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19 Apr 2018 3:53PM
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OK. Evidently not many sailboarders or kiters have gone for Android Wear watches. Probably because only one is really waterproof and it only came out last year!

Anyway, I've worked through the apps and found a good combination for water sports tracking.
GHOSTRACER app works well on the watch and tracks without the phone being near, and uploads reliably to the phone. It's statistics are limited, though, so from there on the phone you can export a .GPX file, which can then be imported into WINDSPORT TRACKER which has excellent stats management. Thanks to Matthias for making that excellent app - I found his thread on Seabreeze forums, worth checking out for more details on the app.

My watch is a Nixon The Mission, waterproof to 100m as long as the mic lock is closed, and unfortunately doesn't have a speaker (due to the waterproofing) so you can't make phone calls through the watch. Otherwise it does all the things an Android Wear watch should. Some reviews call it "a bit chunky" but I don't think it is too chunky and wear it all the time as my normal watch. I can now read my texts in the car!

WST
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24 Apr 2018 1:44AM
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Simonozspray said..
OK. Evidently not many sailboarders or kiters have gone for Android Wear watches. Probably because only one is really waterproof and it only came out last year!

Anyway, I've worked through the apps and found a good combination for water sports tracking.
GHOSTRACER app works well on the watch and tracks without the phone being near, and uploads reliably to the phone. It's statistics are limited, though, so from there on the phone you can export a .GPX file, which can then be imported into WINDSPORT TRACKER which has excellent stats management. Thanks to Matthias for making that excellent app - I found his thread on Seabreeze forums, worth checking out for more details on the app.

My watch is a Nixon The Mission, waterproof to 100m as long as the mic lock is closed, and unfortunately doesn't have a speaker (due to the waterproofing) so you can't make phone calls through the watch. Otherwise it does all the things an Android Wear watch should. Some reviews call it "a bit chunky" but I don't think it is too chunky and wear it all the time as my normal watch. I can now read my texts in the car!


besides the Nixon Mission, there are two other watches:

Casio WD F20, similar price then Nixon, but better GPS, as Casio supports also Glonass and the Japanese position system. at least on northern hemisphere a plus.

and there is the Ticwatch S, very cheap compared to the other two, but just IP67 which means in case you don't make hard crashes or have to swim it should be fine.

both Casio and Nixon are more robust then ticwatch but thats also the reason why the double the price.

the WindsportTracker app will support all 3 watches in the nearer future.

Also to mention, all watches are way cheaper then Apple Watch and also a lot more robust.



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