The Free Run on our Apple Watch app is the most selected single workout. Our users really love it, but we know our data and run interactions could be better. For our latest Hackathon week, we decided to make some major improvements to this feature!
This is now a table-stakes feature for a running app and we need to add it.
Introduce an interval screen during the run to celebrate split times.
Bring in and display new metrics for our runners, like cadence, split times, average pace, and converting meters into kilometers.
Apple Fitness, Nike, Strava, Run Keeper, Map My Run – all incredible products with great features. We wanted to bring some of the now-conventional features (thanks to these aforementioned apps) into our app, over a 4.5 day hack period. Listed below are the major differentiators noted during our rapid research phase. We focused on the during-run screen, run controls, interval screen, and summary screen of the Apple Fitness run workout and Nike Run Club.
Over 2 days, we iterated through dozens of visual treatments for the main screens we were targeting - Pause screen, during-run screen, intervals screen, and summary screen. Below are visuals of the almost-final version of the user flow and iterations of the post-run summary screen and split screen.
....Run Data on Apple Watch! On Friday, each of the 12 teams presented their Hackathon project to the company. There were SO many great projects accomplished in such a short amount of time – tackling many ideas, both within the company (how can we create a better onboarding experience for our new hires?) and within the product (what if we created "I'm feelin' lucky" style workouts?). However, there can only be one winner, and our team was voted #1! Here are the final features and designs:
Since many of the features we built over the Hackathon addressed several user pain points, our iOS developer spent a few hours post-hack cleaning up everything we built. Now, auto-pause, run summary, interval celebrations, and a new pause screen with current metrics are all available on the beta version of the Freeletics Apple Watch app. Download the app and take it for a Free Run today!