SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD/IWORLD 2012 — As the App Store approaches its fourth birthday this July, some early apps are getting quite mature. With each update, more and more features get added.
Take for example a trio of apps from Abvio for running, walking and cycling. The company was previewing version 7 of their apps here at the show, and they have become very full-featured indeed.
Each app can track up to 150 different pieces of exercise data, from speed to average heart rate. The company claims this is far more data than any other fitness app in the iTunes store. The apps support a variety of ANT monitors and tracking devices. They are also integrated into Twitter, Facebook and dailymile.com.
Version 7 of the apps, due out next month, takes all this data and adds a better UI for navigating it. Previous versions tended to suffer from data-overload. The new app allows all this data to be better accessed and organized.
Data is organized into several pages, which can be individually configured to show stats, maps, graphs and more. Pages are navigated by a simple swipe. Version 7 includes an integrated music player.
There’s a also a new UI for navigating your workout history. You can drill down to see workouts by day, week, month or more. The history can also provide unique feedback based on past performance. Say you’re trailing by a previous workout, the app can speak this information you through your headphones, spurring you on to beat your personal best.
Altogether, the apps appear to be as full-featured as an workout monitors can get. Each app costs $4.99. Version 7 will be available in March.