I've given up on both the Samsung running app and Strava app, as they both seem deeply flawed on the watch. However, I've started using the Gear Tracker app instead, which is absolutely brilliant. It costs £5, but is totally worth it. It has an option to hold the screen always on, tracks all the metrics you could want and syncs seemlessly with Strava. The developer is also really helpful if you have any issues. I'd recommend checking it out. It has saved me a lot of frustration!
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My Galaxy Watch Active arrived on Thursday. My plan is to use it for tracking runs and I've just taken it out my first run. I have found some aspects that are deeply irritating and are making me regret buying it and I'm wondeing how others have found the experience of using galaxy watches to track running and if any one has any solutions for the below problems. 1) Always on face When using the run tracking feature, I want to be able to set the face to always show the tracker. This is not possible on the watch. You can set the face to always on, but it reverts to the standard watch face showing the time. This seems like such an easy and obvious thing for a product that is billed as being as a comprehensive health tracker and I cannot believe it is not possible. 2) No average split time On the Samsung running tracker there is no option to view your average split time while running. This is a key metric for many runners and deeply frustrating not to be able to see this. 3) Spotify One of the reasons I bought the watch was to use Spotify while I running. This was easy to set up and all seemed to be going smoothly until I got 1km into my run. The Samsung running app has a voice tracker that reads out your last km stats (a feature I really like). When it reads it out it pauses your music on Spotify and the music does not automatically resume afterwards. This is so annoying. I tried pressing the play button on my bluetooth headphone, which works fine to control Spotify when not in the running app. However, this button doesn't work when you're in the app. So, the only way to start the music again is to go into the Spotify app on the watch itself and resume and repeat this every km. This essentially makes running with spotify impossible. I am therefore unable to use the watch for one of the main things I bought it for.
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